Despite warnings, Google Notebook works with Firefox for Mac without any issue
Techcrunch thinks Google Notebook is a direct competitor to del.icio.us. Being a hard-core del.icio.us user, I think it hardly comes close. Granted, Steve Rubel mentioned how the Google Notebook interface itself is very straightforward: You create a notebook. Each notebook can feature rich text notes. You then have the option to print or share notebooks. All of your notebooks are naturally searchable. So to me, Google Notebook is more like an online clipboard (requiring a plugin to work).
I think that Del.icio.us is still essential because:
1. Folksonomy-based tagging rocks!
Google Notebook lets you search for bookmarks using traditional note description as the search index. Del.icio.us lets you do that, plus browse for what you want via tags… more tactile in a “berrypicking” way.
2. del.icio.us is more socially-oriented
Sure, Google Notebook lets you search public notebooks, but you won’t know what you want unless you know it before. Looking at the del.icio.us homepage, you’ll see a natural popularity list of cool bookmarks organized by tags waiting for you to discover. If your blog post gets listed there, your traffic soars!
3. del.icio.us has API driven apps
There are tons of web apps out there taking advantage of del.icio.us. I blogged about the daily del.icio.us posting hack which is pretty popular here, while others have written apps to take advantage of quick bookmark posting (e.g. Pukka)
I see both bookmarking services serving different purposes. Google Notebook is more purpose (and intuitively) driven allowing you to create sets of bookmarks according to your needs. Del.icio.us is more like the swiss-army knife of bookmarking, allowing you to repurpose it according to your creative use of tags (e.g. toread, 16MayVacation). Do share your thoughts!