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List Your Adventures With Diddit

List Your Adventures With Diddit

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    We make lists of everything we want to do, whether it’s the errands we need to run on the way home or the things we want to do before we turn a certain age. But what about the stuff we’ve already done? Sharing the things we’ve already done — and enjoyed is the relatively simple idea behind Diddit. Rather than making lists about the adventures you’re going to have, Diddit’s emphasis is on the amazing things you’ve already done.

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    The Diddit Basics

    Diddit collects experiences across a wide variety of categories: whether you’ve ate at a particular restaurant, visited a certain location or tried a particular sport, you can check off those adventures off your Diddit list. While that seems like a very basic site idea — and perhaps not particularly appealing for people of a certain mindset — there are layers to using the site that can make Diddit worth the visit.

    One of the features of Diddit is the ability to network with your friends. Importing a set of friends from another system is relatively easy and you can create lists of things you’ve done — and would recommend for a specific friend — and pass them along. For instance, there are several road trip lists that follow an interstate or highway across the country, pointing out the best stops and side trips.

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    Most items on your lists will be one word: a popular list of animals seen includes 242 animal names. But you aren’t limited to that simple title. You can photos and stories to give a bigger picture of the experiences you share on Diddit. You can do the same on other people’s lists. You can suggest items to add to a particular list, along with your own adventures.

    The Other People on Diddit

    Those pictures and stories shared on Diddit are an opportunity for anyone interested in finding new things to do. By digging around in the ‘Food & Drink’ category, you can find lists of restaurants in your area to try out. You can find new things to do in just about every other category, too: no matter what area your passion falls into, the odds are pretty good that you’ll find something new to do.

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    When it comes to planning out the trips I want to take, or the other goals I have outside of work, I sometimes find myself at a loss for where I should head next. Just browsing through the things that other people have posted to Diddit, though, has started me thinking about a whole list of things I want to do in the future. Diddit has made it easy to keep track of all those incoming ideas, too: if you come across something on the site that someone else has done, you can mark it ‘wanna do it.’ Diddit compiles all of items you mark as such into one big ‘wanna do’ list.

    So far, there are over 300,000 different activities in Diddit’s database. It isn’t just user-generated, either: Diddit has generated lists and activity descriptions by crawling the web. That’s definitely a benefit to a relatively new site. Diddit won’t need to work up to a level of critical mass in order to be useful for its users.

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    Even if you’re one of those people who can never find anything to do, you might just manage to come across something awesome just by browsing through all the options. Ludic Labs — the company that created Diddit — has stated on its website that “There is a 100% chance that you will find something to do at Diddit.com.” That’s a pretty big promise, but Ludic Labs seems to manage it. Much of Ludic Labs’ staff seems to have come directly from Inktomi, a company which was acquired by Yahoo in 2002.

    Even after only spending a little time on Diddit, I’ve found it addictive. I want to mark off more things that I’ve done, create my own lists and go hunting for new things to do. I’ve even got a list of new foods I want to try — I plan to add a couple of them to my shopping cart during my next trip to the grocery store so that I can move them from ‘wanna do’ to diddit. To a certain extent, I think it’s also possible to use Diddit to rate certain activities, like visiting a particular restaurant or hiking a particular trail. However, the wide variety of experiences that Diddit catalogs isn’t quite ideal as a directory to rely on for specific restaurant recommendations. For those nights when you just want to try a new place, though, Diddit can narrow down your options fast.

    Creating a Diddit Account

    Accounts on Diddit are free and take only a moment to set up. You can spend as little or as much time filling out a Diddit profile as you want: I haven’t seen many profiles with tons of information, though. Instead, the real information is in the lists you choose to share and the adventures you can check off on your own Diddit list. You can also give and receive ‘toasts’ — comments and compliments shared between Diddit users. I haven’t quite figured out why they’re called toasts (rather than comments), but it does offer a way to comment and even ask questions on the adventures you might want to take in the future.

    If you have a Diddit account, let us know how you’re enjoying the site in the comments. Got a favorite list? Please share it!

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    Last Updated on May 14, 2019

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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