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#31 Heyday: Remember everything you read online. Move beyond bookmarks to contextual serendipity ✨
Heyday is your personal knowledge assistant who keeps tracks of everything you read, organizes it, and helps you recall when you need it most. All without having to lift a finger!
A. Short on time? Here’s the summary
Do any of these sound familiar:
You read a glorious, in-depth article but couldn’t recall it later? 🤔
You open 10s of sites/articles, do not close them, and your browser gives up? 😫
You find it difficult to organize your favorite sites/articles into bookmark folders? 😴
What if you had a privacy-first tool that remembered everything you did online and organized it for you?
What if you could comfortably close tabs during your rabbit-hole adventures knowing that when the time is right, your past research will be resurfaced?
That’s Heyday 👋
It is a productivity tool that collects, connects, and organizes all your research, without requiring any additional effort. It eliminates the tedious work previously required to stay organized and let’s you focus on your work.
Ideal for founders, PMs, newsletter writers, researchers, and everyone who calls the internet home.
B. How do you read online today?
Do you have more than 20 tabs open in your browser? If so, how do you keep track of what you’re reading?
Are you taking notes in Notion or creating a connected doc in Roam/Obsidian? Despite this, are you able to recall what you read today after a few weeks or months when you need it most?
If you’re like most people, you’re going back to square one, and starting your search from scratch on Google. Needless to say, this is ineffective.
The problem is that our brains weren't built to handle and process the immense volume of information we come across on the internet every day.
And today’s personal knowledge management (PKM) tools like Notion, Roam Research, and Obsidian can be useful, but only if we change our workflows and take the effort to update our notes constantly. On top of it, there’s a steep learning curve for these tools.
Knowledge management tools should be:
⚡ easy and fast to set up
🤝 layer on top of existing workflows
😌 require little manual input
Just like how easy it is to setup Grammarly (to write well), Raycast (to search fast), and Honey (to find the best discount codes).
Otherwise, the average user just sticks to the basics. They try to stay organized by bookmarking tabs, dumping links in Notion, or saving them in Pocket (to never visit again).
…our knowledge management tools could automatically save our content, sort it for us, and integrate seamlessly with our existing workflow?
Side note: I’d dreamt of a smiliar solution about a year back. Dreams do come true👇
That would be magical. And effortless!
That’s exactly what Heyday is doing ✨
Think of it as your own personal Google search engine for anything you’ve looked at, read, or thought “I should make a note of this.”
C. How does Heyday help you?
Heyday is a productivity tool and browser extension that collects, connects, and organizes all your research, and it’s all done automatically 🪄. Heyday saves the content you view and resurfaces it when you need it.
4 big reasons why Heyday stands out:
💁♂️ “Proactive recollection” by supplementing Google searches with your past research on a similar topic: So that you don’t have to waste 15 minutes searching for articles you read in the past, but forgot to bookmark/save.
🗃️ Smart bookmarking concierge: You no longer need to bookmark your favorite articles or copy the URL to a Notion doc. Heyday recognizes how much time you spend reading an article, its context, and the topic to automatically organize the articles you’ve read. So all your crypto articles are in one place.
🏋️♂️ A personal assistant by your side. On every article you read: Heyday overlays pages you’re reading with additional context from the content you’ve consumed in the past - like articles, Tweets, and documents - to help you actively connect the dots. Without any additional effort.
🧬 Connective tissue between your knowledge sources: Never spend time remembering where you last read that killer article about crypto. Heyday seamlessly integrates with Twitter, Slack, Google docs, Pocket, and Dropbox - to resurface pages when you need them most.
D. Details for nerds
Sam DeBrule and Samiur Rahman, the co-founders, shared more on what Heyday indexes in the background: (via Paperless Movement)
It is busy indexing and then resurfacing useful content for you without you having to actually think about it. Heyday is a machine-learning tool that takes action!
It’s not just for search engines, Heyday helps you grab the knowledge nuggets you’re viewing on public domains or websites. Heyday also helps you save sections of articles and tweets. It basically saves every tab you’ve ever opened – even your YouTube videos are all being indexed. It also ties in context with your private information, like your Google docs, or words locked away in documents and emails. Conversations on Twitter, Messenger, or Slack, also become searchable. Securely gathering context across the different places to then resurface all that context back to you, without you actually having to go into Heyday and search for it.
Their long term vision and focus on privacy (via Fast Company):
“The long-term [vision] for Heyday is to be that glue layer that allows people to feel like, ‘I’m never losing context, I’m always able to get back to what I need, I’m always seeing the full picture,'” Rahman says.
Part of that vision includes making privacy a top priority. Heyday promises to protect all of your data, encrypt it at every step along the way, and never share it, sell it, or use it to show you ads. Instead, the service charges $10 a month after a free two-week trial, and makes its money solely on those subscriptions.
It is said that you need to watch a TV commercial at least five times in order to even just remember the brand name. What about the fancy new app you’re using? Will you be using it a few months later? (via Harvard Business Review):
It depends on how much better the product experience is and how much behavior change it requires from the user:
E. What other apps can you consider?
The only other app that comes close to Heyday is probably Waldo. I haven’t explored it fully yet - so can’t say too much.