Apr 9, 2022
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Unigraph is a new and upcoming tool for PKM (personal knowledge management) or TfT (tools for thought). I first learned of it from reading this article last Sunday: Best 5 Obsidian Alternatives — Keep Productive
It’s still a work in progress and not ready for public yet. It’s open-source and available, but you need dev skills to set it up and get it running.
Today I got on a call with Sophia, one of the co-founders of Unigraph. I had booked a session after seeing her public Calendly link.
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She gave me a little demonstration of what Unigraph can do and aims to achieve. Basically, it’s like Readwise on steroids. Readwise is a connector app to get all your highlights from articles, Kindle books, and tweets into one place (so you can then export to your note-taking app of choice). Unigraph wants to do this with everything: Google calendar, Todoist tasks, emails, contacts, Slack messages, tweets, RSS feeds, and more. Each of these is module. Then the community is free to create and share their own modules to support additional sources. Unigraph also lets you take notes, with tags and bidirectional links inspired by Roam. In fact, Sophia started developing Unigraph due to the limitations of Roam’s API in allowing her to connect with external sources.
I told Sophia how I’m part of BASB and on the lookout for new apps. She wants to contact me again to get some input on what the pain points students have in choosing new apps and managing information across different apps and tools. I was going to give her my contact info right then and there, but she searched for my name within Unigraph and found the email with my booking. From there, she added me as a Unigraph contact and linked it with my email address. This also showed our email exchanges and the calendar event for our current call. She could also add meeting notes under the calendar event. It was so fast and easy to find and connect all that information! My workflow would have been:
Create a new Obsidian notes page for our call.
Go to Gmail and search for her email and copy the address.
Create a new Obsidian contact page of her name.
Paste the email, and link the contacts page to the call note’s page.
If I wanted to see the connection with the Google Calendar event and all our email exchanges, I would also have to add her to Google Contacts, and then maybe add the link of her Google Contact page to my Obsidian contact page.
I realized how much duplication I was doing, and things still weren’t as interconnected as I wished.
Unigraph is a promising alternative to the unrealistic, all-in-one tool we all dream of. Rather than doing everything, it connects everything. And I can’t wait.