What’s Next for Notion?

The new API opens up a new world of potential

Ever since I started writing and reviewing Notion back in 2017, I’ve been impressed by each leap they’ve taken.

Notion this week have added to that leap forward with a release of their API — and for most applications, this isn’t huge news, but with Notion it opens a new world of opportunity.

An API traditionally serves as a way for developers to build applications connecting their apps to the tool in question — but with Notion it serves two purposes.

The secondary purpose is for the community to begin connecting applications through either pre-built experiences like Zapier and Automate.io or through their own API skills.

🔮 So what does this new API mean?

Basically, it means Notion becomes an ecosystem.

Unlike tools like Evernote and Todoist, Notion thrives on an API being built thanks to its database features.

The databases are helpful for organizing data — in different formats — board, timeline, list, table and more.

Once you have the ability to connect these databases to tools or software you already use, it becomes an open canvas to managing your information.

Some use cases of the API (for the future):

  • Connecting Apple Health to your own Health Dashboard
  • Bringing in Google Calendar events into your own Notion events calendar
  • Importing (automatically) any new Typeform submissions direct to Notion

The possibilities are endless, and the no-code use cases with Zapier and Automate.io are super easy to get started, Thomas Frank covered how this works in a smashing video.

🧭 What can Notion do after an API?

So the next few months will all be a blur.

Notion API will be capitalized on by their community and developers alike, with new ways of connecting databases, information coming in and managing the flows in and out of Notion.

For Notion, the job continues.

Notion still have to work on some core elements like:

  • 📝 Database strength — more power for larger databases
  • 🪴 Offline mode — access offline on devices
  • ✅ Better Mobile — stronger mobile apps

Aside from the immediate performance improvements. There’s more for the community to do and become a part of in Notion’s story.

👩🏻‍💻 Notion’s next challenge is onboarding

Due to the new API experience rolling out, I believe Notion’s challenge will be trying not to overwhelms its new users.

From day one, people joining Notion might be shocked to see how much there is you can do, Notion’s job will be to use machine learning or pre-built question set-ups to help hone in on what really matters for new users and connect them to the right services with the API to match that.

So a sales expert might start Notion — and have a pre-built workspace for them with Pipedrive CRM integrations already rolling… or a marketer with Typeform all ready to go in pre-created spaces.

📝 Community Templates

This opens up a new storm for community templates. Notion templates are already out in the world, like Marie Poulin’s masterful layouts and Francis of Notion Bar’s journal set-ups — but the API will only continue this movement.

The API offers community creators to build templates that takes into account the API — so you can connect your own applications and build dashboards not only for their own tools but the other tools — like

A huge step forward for Notion with the API and exciting times ahead! 🎯

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