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Web address www.springpad.com
Commercial? No, supported via lead generation[1][2]
Type of site Online information capture and organization service
Registration Yes
Owner Spring Partners
Launched November 12, 2008 [3]
Alexa rank Increase 9,724 (April 2012)[4]
Current status Defunct

Springpad was a free online application and web service that allowed its registered users to save, organize, and share collected ideas and information. A personal organizer and information capturing service, Springpad was designed to help its users remember content. Content that was added was identified and categorized by the application after which it then generated additional snippets based on the type of object added — such as listing price comparisons for products or show-times for movies. As of 2014, it has been discontinued.

Springpad was also available as apps on the iPad, iPhone, and Android that synchronized with the web interface. Additionally, Springpad was available on new Toshiba notebook computers through a web application subscription service.[5]

On May 23, 2014, Springpad announced on its blog that it would cease operations on June 25, 2014.[6] The company then allowed users to export their data (as json and read-only html formats), or to automatically migrate it to Evernote accounts before the expiration date.


Springpad users can use the main site interface which uses HTML5 from most browsers[7] or use the smartphone app to capture notes, tasks, or lists which are then added to the user's "My Stuff", the user's personal database or collection. Additionally Springpad lets users look up items of interest which are then automatically categorized based on type or manually categorized by the user. Current category types include recipes, movies, products, restaurants, and wine among others. Events can also be added to Springpad, and if the user uses Google Calendar, they can opt to sync the event to it. In addition to the smartphone app and site, Springpad can be used via the browser extension for Google Chrome, or the Springpad Clipper,[8] a bookmarklet, while browsing any site to analyze the current page and clip the relevant information from it — such as ingredients needed if the page is for a recipe or add the site as a normal bookmark. Another way users can add content to their Springpad "My Stuff" is by e-mailing entries to an e-mail address that is created upon registration and found in their settings.

Included with the smartphone apps are the ability to scan barcodes which Springpad will then use to identify what the product is, save the item to the user's "My Stuff", and automatically generate additional information and links for the user. Other features of the mobile app are saving captured images taken with the phone's camera and locating nearby businesses.

With most of the content added to a users "My Stuff", relevant news, useful links, and other helpful information can be viewed. Users can also attach additional notes and images to content they have already saved, and they can add reminders and alerts which can be e-mailed to the user's e-mail or text message sent to their phone. Springpad will also add alerts to its own Alerts section for relevant news, deals, or coupons for specific products that users add.

For additional organization, anything added to Springpad can also be tagged. Users are also able to add entries to "Notebooks" to separate content by projects or any other way they wish. Each Notebook includes a section called a "Board", which acts as a pin board in which users can pin content they have added to the Notebook to visually layout items. If the user adds a map to the Board and has entries that include an address, Springpad will automatically point out entries on the map.

By default, everything added to Springpad is private. However users may change the privacy settings for each of the types of items added, decide to make specific items public and shareable on Facebook and Twitter, add to their public page, or keep them private but share a link with specific people.

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  1. ^ Roush, Wade (April 16, 2010). "Online Notebook Smackdown: Evernote Vs. Springpad". Xconomy. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ Chiang, Oliver (September 22, 2010). "Springpad Works On ‘Amazon-itizing’ The Web And Mobile Web". Forbes. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Roush, Wade (November 12, 2008). "Springpad Opened to Public". Xconomy. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Alexa springpadit.com traffic results". Alexa. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ apps.toshiba.com The Essentials Retrieved January 5, 2011
  6. ^ [1] Retrieved May 27, 2014
  7. ^ Thomas, Keir (December 27, 2010). "Five Great Free Business Apps for Google Chrome". PCWorld. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Get the Springpad Clipper". blog.springpadit.com. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ Roush, Wade (April 16, 2010). "Online Notebook Smackdown: Evernote Vs. Springpad". Xconomy. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  10. ^ Travis, Bobby (April 20, 2010). "Springpad vs Evernote -- Why It Might Be Better...". 40tech. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ Perez, Sarah (March 9, 2010). "Springpad Takes on Evernote with Semantic Technology, Barcode Scanner". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 


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