So Notion announced yesterday that they're introducing backlinks!
👀 Backlinks are finally here!!— Notion (@NotionHQ) September 17, 2020
Now whenever you make a link to another page, a backlink is created automagically, so you can see the connections between your thoughts & pages.
And there's lots of new shortcuts to [[link]] and +create pages as you type. pic.twitter.com/npnvtmsUea
For the uninitiated, Roam Research (Notion's strong competitor) has built a cult (yes, they actually call it the Roam Cult) basis the power of backlinks. Now it isn't just 2-way links that makes Roam so popular but the consequent features (e.g. Knowledge graph) that are built on top of it.
Not just Roam, but there are other apps like Obsidian, MyMind & TiddlyWiki that take a similar approach and are considered a league apart from the traditional note-taking tools.
Notion is going head-on with Roam by taking the 1st step in offering backlinks. 1st step because even Notion acknowledges that there's a lot to be built on top of this.
But the makers of Roam Research clearly aren't so happy 😂
Brings me back to winter 2019 - when @RoamResearch had less than 5k in the bank and no leads on investors.@NotionHQ was famously turning $$$ away, so gave @ivanhzhao a demo, offered to share our research if he would invest or help us raise.— Conor White-Sullivan (@Conaw) September 17, 2020
'We have enough ideas' he said... https://t.co/TlyEXZTRKR
@NotionHQ backlinks give you seriously NONE of the benefits that backlinks give you in Roam.— Conor White-Sullivan (@Conaw) September 17, 2020
They're links to pages, not blocks, no inheritance or intersections, clearly stapled on to try to catch the wave.
20 months of watching Roam's rise and this is all you've got to show?
Keen to hear what the community has to say about this 👂
When you link to a page, it's a one-way pointer that doesn't have any information from the referring page. That's how most links work.
However, bi-directional links are 2-way connections where you have your classic link and a backlink (with additional context) to the referring page. So, if you add a link to page B in page A, page B will show that it has a backlink from page A.