Taking notes is a very natural activity - human brain has a limited capacity and is prone to false memories. Do you remember how many times you had holidays last year? I'm sure more than one person will need a moment to count and it gets harder as we go back in time. Our memory mostly collects impressions, not facts and this is why questions like this are the hardest one to answer.
Or take another angle - there are two different types of notes we can make First type is observations. This is something we need to do when we follow some changes. You may record the temperature in your room, number of pull-ups you did today or random thoughts during your workday.
Another type is conclusions. That would be a result of analyzing your observations and turning them into some particular form. What makes these steps distinct is two things:
Observations have time as an important factor which makes the observations valuable. Whenever you record your impressions from a trip, it makes sense to check them in the order they were written. Conclusions are not time-dependent.
Observations often imply a very brief form of writing, minimal preparation. Every note is cheap. Conclusion on the other hand is a rellatively expensive form of expression especially if it's public in a form of a post on some public forum. The expense comes from a fact that it's some form of final state, conclusion.
Current type of media dictates the type of content being produced. All media platforms are public and incentivize a certain type of content with a mixture of gamification (likes) and algorythmic feed when every user gets a personalized feed based on their shadow profile produced by the platform. Observations do not really fit there, since their incomplete form may harm use profile.
Blog platforms are similar in this sense eventhough they do not have a feed component in them. On all platforms a stream of messages that user produces is a relatively expensive concept, since it's tied to a user profile. Sometimes it's possible to multiplex by using categories, however it's not a fully dedicated stream of messages.
Note taking apps of any form are mostly centered about static pieces of content crosslinked between each other. It's possible to take both types of notes, however since time is not a first level concept, it's usually added ad hoc and cannot be interpreted within notes.
Other drawback that the concept of a page and hyperlink enforces structure. And any structure requires maintenance and continuous refactoring in order to keep it in shape. One could argue that any such structure is a requirement to be able to access the necessary information, however consider your experience with slack or a mail service like gmail. For a majority of people lack of structure there is a benefit rather than a limitation. Any information is just a search away without any structure applied to the information.
Dabdab is different in a sense that it makes the following ideas central:
Stream of messages is very cheap. Nothing prevents a user from creating tens of independent (possibly nested streams) to an extent that a stream can be created closed to measure time intervals.
Message timestamps are meaningful and can be used for visualization. Any stream can have a number of custom fields attached to it and there is a visualization for every stream type. For example, if a stream has a field to record temperature, dabdab would render a graph of temperature against time using messages as datapoints
Messages are meant to be of any size. Since any stream can be private, there is no need to polish the messages and any quick note would do. Messages support markdown and social media embeds with zero friction, just a link is enough.
Messages are meant to be analyzed later. It's possible to record facts or take action points based on messages without editing them in any way. Actually, there is no edit option on dabdab at the moment.
Time is not immutable. Eventhough a public stream can be used as a blog, the idea is tha that least some streams can be backdated, same goes for the messages. Suppose you want to reconstruct a historical process. A stream could act as a placeholder for a timeline and messages would act as individual events there.
Dabdab is an open platform. API is not public yet but the big idea is to allow to record any observations there. Just imagine your fitness tracking sending the data of your running sessions there along with your book reviews or uptime tracking for a webserivce you're building
Dabdab is just a tool. Like a wrench or a bicycle. It does not didcate how it should be used, but please, be nice to it. All we want is to enable you to observe the world in a new way with as little friction as possible. Any new features a meant to increase the amount of possible use cases.
Dabdab will be a paid service. There is no plan to sell your data, show ads to you or do anything even remotely close to it.