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Can digital gadgets ever really replace post its?

asked Nov 16 '10 at 07:09

Guyfromdenmark's gravatar image


No! Not without costing more. Post-It notes are amazingly simple. Think about it. --- What are your alternatives?

A Post-it note is a piece of stationery with a re-adherable strip of adhesive on the back, designed for temporarily attaching notes to documents and other surfaces. Although now available in a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes, Post-it notes are most commonly a 3-inch (76 mm) square, canary yellow in color. A unique low-tack adhesive allows the notes to be easily attached and removed without leaving marks or residue, unless used on white boards.

Post-it notes were invented by 3M's Art Fry, using an adhesive developed by a colleague, Spencer Silver. Until the 1990s, when the patent expired, they were produced only in the 3M plant in Cynthiana, Kentucky. Although other companies now produce sticky or repositionable notes, most of the world's Post-it Brand notes are still made in Cynthiana.

The term "Post-it" and the canary yellow color are trademarks of 3M. Accepted generic terms for competitors include "sticky notes", "repositionable notes", and "repositional notes". To take advantage of the success of the brand, 3M manufactures other products related to the Post-it concept ... more

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answered Nov 16 '10 at 08:42

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edited Nov 16 '10 at 09:55

How can you say the digital versions would potentially cost more, though? Though the "real" Post-it squares are "simple", they still require paper, which requires a tree being cut down to make paper, workers to do that, and workers to run the machines that make them at "the plant". Where as, one comes up with the concept, integrates it into an OS/phone/tablet/what have you, and you have endless Post-its for the rest of your life - for free.

People have actually created their "own" versions of "Post-its" simply by texting "themselves" reminders, E-Mailing themselves reminders, and simply having a calendar such as Outlook, or iCal, has really made things simpler in that regard when it comes to things like Rx appointments, lunch with so-and-so, when your kid's teacher conference is, etc. (Holy run-on sentence, Batman...)

(Feb 25 '11 at 12:33) Rizzy Rizzy's gravatar image

I dispise the virtual post-it things that come with OS's now. The real ones aren't much better. Every job i've been in has told me not to use post-its for good reason.

answered Nov 16 '10 at 07:53

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No way! Everyone loves postits its a fact! If any device trys... Its on like DONKEY KONG! Resgistered trademark of the Nintendo company alt text

answered Nov 16 '10 at 07:59

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Not in every situation...digital gadgets (my favourite one is gumnotes) are really helpful to save ideas! But you don't always have your pc with you and look at it! So post its will stay, but digital tools will help to release the post-its system, so that you don't have too many post-its everywhere around!

answered Feb 25 '11 at 08:44

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If I put it on a real post-it, I will loose it. Paper gets thrown away without conscious thought for me. The notes app on my phone, however, is quite useful for storing data, and it even shows my notes as post-it notes. I've embraced my digital brain assistants.

answered Feb 25 '11 at 08:48

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