It was getting close to midnight and the Hypothesis team was watching the counter of total annotations tick up: 999,646...999,752...999,845...by 10:37pm Pacific Time it was 999,959 and we knew we’d reach one million annotations that night. People all over the world were busy taking notes using Hypothesis—students, journalists, researchers, scientists, scholars—most without knowing that our team and the annotation community on social media were rooting for their work. Countdown tweets for a #millionannotations were starting to gather an audience. Who would add the millionth annotation?
I'm incredibly excited—and deeply honored—to be joining the team at Hypothesis, where I'll be leading marketing: My first—very short—story for Hypothesis is about how the idea of a common platform for digital annotation first captured my imagination, embodied in the idea of a personal notebook. My notebook links to all the places online where I engage, but lives with me. Instead of being scattered across the world, my collected notes and references would be in just one place where I could always find them, flip through my pages, add new thinking, and—most powerfully of all—share and connect with other people. I started with this simple story, but Hypothesis and the people it connects are already telling many stories, with so many more to come.