In the last issue of Insights, you will recall that a link was published for users to download the entire database comprising of all the Notion videos logged till December 6, 2020. Post that there was a tweet from NotionHQ which said that the private beta of the API will be launched very soon. I took upon the task of building the notionvideos.com website in notion.so. It was not hard to get a working prototype out quickly. However, I realised that though Notion has some excellent features and patches of brilliance, it still falls short in several areas related to database functionality which makes it difficult to migrate existing systems with loads of data with multiple relations. The notionvideos.com beta site
was launched very quickly and then when I started testing it, I realized that the entire experience of using the site as a user , was inferior due to low speed and the inconsistent response of the notion.so shared pages which worked pretty well in my own desktop. It was quite possible that I was doing something wrong, so I approached Notion support to give me guidance and assistance to resolve the loading issues. Though they were very nice and prompt, I still do not have an answer as to why the pages should not load consistently.
There is no doubt that Notion is an excellent All in one productivity tool. However, for data management, I find Airtable to be more suitable for practical commercial applications. Having tested various nocode tools over the last six months, I think one will need to use a combination of tools for personal and business applications and all of them will have to provide the means to communicate and interact with other applications. The public API of Notion could be the answer to many things that we would like Notion to do. Click here for all videos published by notion.so.
Disclaimer: I have no expertise in coding nor in building systems using Notion. If you are a publisher of Notion videos please check your page in the beta site and do let us know if there are any errors.