Personal knowledge management: notes on personal site

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It can be easily written on the go and easily shared. Some should be highly encrypted and require high security because people always put some confidential things in their notes.

You can easily share destinations on iOS, Android, and other platforms, making it convenient to include them in your notes.

It should also be easy to collect from others, ultimately turning the shared notes into a decentralized personal knowledge network.

The process of writing is:

  • Collect some random thoughts, it doesn't have to be a lot (similar to the early days of Twitter's "random musings"). Some collections also include other people's things: articles, links, excerpts.
  • Because it's just personal notes, it doesn't have to be formal or complete.
  • Sometimes there are some reflections, but after writing for a while, if tired or uninterested, you can stop promptly (this is like one's own note).
  • Some unfinished ideas actually want to share with a few people for feedback or to stimulate discussion, but at this time, they may not want to write them into articles.
  • With the above materials, it becomes easier to write some articles. At this time, you can process the materials into articles, and now with AI, it is more efficient to let AI help with writing.
  • The above requires a mechanism to establish connections, which is why logseq, Obsidian, and other popular tools exist.

A good note-taking should be a local-first online system, where "local first" means it can be written and read without relying on the internet, and "online system" means it doesn't rely on one's own device. In a certain sense, Apple's Note is one of the few products that can achieve this combination of local and online.

Nowadays, the browser is the main way of reading, so the ability to record and summarize content from the browser is necessary, therefore browser plugins may be essential.

In the past 20 years, a series of services of this kind of bookmarking have emerged, starting from, including diigo, digg, read it later (pocket), evernote, notion, ... But an inevitable fate is that all these services are centralized and free, so if the service is gone, the user's personal data is also gone. The only solution to this problem is decentralized and autonomous personal note-taking.

The personal notes are also a perfect combination with the emerging and rapidly developing LLM. The AI using large language models automatically classifies and organizes its own notes and collections, as well as automatically discovers and associates them more in querying and writing, which will take personal knowledge management to a higher level. Regarding this topic, Indigo's article is good:

构建外脑 / 智变时代的个人知识管理
本文将探讨在新一轮的 AI 变革之下,如何用新工具来帮助扩展大脑思维与记忆的边界,以及知识工作流的新方法,激发潜能,构建外脑(ExoBrain)

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