Do you often come up with great ideas while reading your email messages in Gmail? Do you wish that you could jot down quick notes right within Gmail or from Gtalk? If so, I’m sure that you’ll find Sticky.io extremely useful.
With Sticky.io, you can take “better” notes in Gmail by sending a message in Google Talk; you can also jot down notes via SMS and email. Your notes are then sent to your Sticky.io .
1. First I want to mention that you may need to enable Google Talk; it’s called “chat” in Gmail. If you don’t see Google Talk below your Inbox folders in Gmail, then it’s probably disabled.
As long as you’re not using any type of plugin/extension to disable it, here’s how to enable it again.
Note: You can skip this part if it’s already enabled in your Gmail account.
- Go to “Settings” in Gmail by clicking on the gear icon at the top right of your Inbox.
- Find the “Chat” heading at the top of the Settings area and click on it.
- Next click on “Chat on” to turn on Gmail and save your changes.
- Gmail will reload and you should see Google Talk on the left side of Gmail, below your folders.
2. Now head back over to the Sticky.io website in a new tab and click the “Sign in with Google” button.
3. If you are signed into more than one Google account, you’ll need to select which account to use.
4. Click on the “Allow access” button to give Sticky.io permission to access your account.
5. You should now see the welcome page (pictured below). Be sure to read through it so that you understand how the service works.
6. You may want to head back over to your Gmail account for a minute and add firstname.lastname@example.org as a contact. This will allow you to send notes to Sticky.io via email.
7. You can also enter your mobile phone number here by clicking on “add your phone number.” This way you can send notes via text message.
Take Notes in Gmail
1. Click on the “take me to my notes” button to go to your Sticky.io notes. There won’t be any notes there, but you may want to check it out the website so that you’re familiar with the interface.
You can edit the default notebooks, add new notebooks, edit and add to your notes and change your theme in the settings. You can even add sub-notes via drag-and-drop, which is great for “turning ideas into concepts.”
Sticky.io is really easy to use and has a clean UI.
2. Now head back over to the Gmail tab in your browser. By now, you should have received a chat request in Google Talk from Sticky. If you haven’t, you can simply add email@example.com as a contact in Google Talk.
You’ll probably also want to show Sticky.io in your chat list so that it’s right there when you need to send a note.
3. Now you can send Sticky.io a note in a message via Google Talk (or by email or SMS). If you use email, you can also forward messages to your account.
4. If you want to add notes to a specific notebook, include the @NotebookName in your message. Likewise, you can use the # symbol to add tags to your notes (i.e. #article #read #important).
Tags come in handy because you can filter your notes by tag via a drop-down at the top of your Sticky.io notes. You’ll also notice a calendar, search bar and navigation links here.
Even though Sticky.io works best in Gmail, you can use it with any Google Talk client.
This means that you’re not bound by Gmail; you can add notes in Google Talk on Google+, in your Messages app (on Mac), using a Chrome extension like Chat for Google (my favorite), and more.
Sticky.io is not only a great and easy way to jot down quick notes, but also useful for keeping them organized. There’s even more to the service like special tags (#todo adds a check box), so it’s well worth checking out.
How do you take notes in Gmail? Do you use Sticky.io or another service to jot down quick notes?