Stream Your Life in Fetchnotes, Free

Stream Your Life in Fetchnotes, Free

What do you do with life’s constant stream of snippets of information: all that stuff you need to remember, or pass on to someone, throughout each day?

Snippets like someone’s name, or a phone number, or a reminder to replace the batteries in your keyboard… Those items of information which aren’t tasks, or appointments, and which are hard to categorize.

They’re not important enough to add to an information store like Evernote, or to your To Do list. They’re ephemeral, like Twitter. And as you might expect, there’s a Twitter-like app to deal with them: Fetchnotes.

I downloaded Fetchnotes because it sounded as if it might be the perfect way to take a quick note on my phone without making a production of it.

Fetchnotes: find and collaborate, with hashtags and mentions

Once I started using it, I was amazed at how perfect it is.

At its simplest, it’s a note-taking app. However, it’s also a way of sending someone a quick message. I find myself referring to Fetchnotes’ tab in the Chrome browser often through the day.

Your snippets are easy to find, either with the search function, or via the tags list. Just as with Twitter, adding a hashtag to a note makes it easy to find.

If you want to send someone a quick message: “pick up some milk on the way home”, or “project completed”, just type “@” plus an address book name, a phone number, or an email address. Your recipient doesn’t even need to be a Fetchnotes user.

Want to attach something to a note? You can attach files, images, anything you like, no matter where the file is stored.

Once you’re done with a note, archive or delete it.

I use Fetchnotes for snippets of information, but you can enter longer notes if you wish. If the muse grabs you, and you want to write a scene from your novel, go ahead. Fetchnotes can handle it.

Fetchnotes is free

Since Fetchnotes is free on popular devices; check it out. You may find it as useful as I do.


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Yet Another Evernote Fantatic

Notebooks Productivity

“I can’t buy that. It hasn’t got any pockets.”Have you ever said that? If you’re female, you’re never away from your phone, so you have rigid requirements when you go clothes shopping — pockets.

(With luck, some entrepreneur will go truly retro to create pockets which you can tie on. Fashionable ladies wore tie-on pockets for a couple of centuries. We need them again now.)

My phone’s always in my pocket. Aside from its obvious use, I use it to access access Evernote, so I can leave myself reminders and voice notes.

I haven’t given up notebooks; I love writing with fountain pens and ink (Penguin pens and J. Herbin inks). I think better on paper. However, I snap images of important notes and store them in Evernote. Paper isn’t searchable.

Yes, I’m an Evernote fantastic. Evernote contains my life.

Why Evernote? As Going Paperless: How I Get Things Into Evernote | Jamie Todd Rubin says, Evernote is your external brain:

“A big part of the advantage of Evernote is being able to access the memory you store outside your head from anywhere. There are powerful search capabilities and I take full advantage of them, and while I am fast approaching 7,000 notes in Evernote, I can often dazzle people by finding the piece of information I am looking for within five or ten seconds. Having all of this information in Evernote saves me time.”

You’ll find that the more you use Evernote, the more valuable it becomes. I started becoming fanatical about Evernote after a major hard drive crash, combined with backup failures. Now I’m very twitchy about my information. I like it where I can get at it, on any device, at any time.

My phone’s always in my pocket. No matter where I am, I can create a quick voice note in Evernote.

Thus, pockets… :-)

Springpad: New Image Marketing Feature

Springpad Explore Notebooks

Notebook app Springpad has just brought out a new release with a powerful feature for brands and marketers, embeddable notebooks.

You can use Springpad on your computer, or on your iOS or Android device.

Over the years, I’ve tried Springpad several times, but the app was always too clicky for me — that is, it required too many clicks to use stuff once it was in there. However, the newly released version is a big improvement. Now the app includes a Pinterest-like feature with its embeddable notebooks.

If you’re doing image marketing, Springpad’s embeddable notebooks will appeal to you.

The Next Web at Springpad debuts embeddable notebooks aimed at brands & publishers, launching with Glamour, TripAdvisor & more reports that:

“Embeddable Notebooks can be created with existing content, which may include a company’s special offers. The Notebooks can then be embedded alongside a brand or publisher’s site content, or on Facebook pages, similar to how you would with a YouTube video.”

It’s a great way to add content to a site, and then repurpose it over many other venues.

You can use existing content, or create new content. Just create a new public notebook, and add content to it.

This post on Springpad’s blog gives you more information on how to share your embeddable notebooks.

Snap and send: create content on the go

Phone Springpad

You can share any content you like: photos, videos, audio and more. On your mobile device, just press the big orange Plus button, to reach the screen you can see on the right. Choose your content, and create.

If you choose Photo, your camera snaps the pic, and it’s automatically added to Springpad. You can file it in a notebook, and add a description and tags immediately, or later.

I’ll be experimenting with embeddable notebooks for my own products, and I’ll be encouraging my clients to do the same.

Currently, Springpad has around four million users, according to TNW; sharing increases that audience exponentially.

Yesterday, we talked about Flipboard’s Magazine feature, which helps you to share the Magazines you create. Today, Springpad has it Emebeddable Notebooks. We’re all becoming content curators — and the process is painless. :-)

Angela Booth is an Australian copywriter, Web writer and content strategist. Want your website to do more for your business? Contact Angela via email to set up a chat. She loves to talk about business and the Web.

Everywhere You Want It: Live Your Life With Evernote


It’s no secret I’m a huge Evernote fan. I adore it because it means that no matter where I am, I’ve got my stuff with me. Everything that’s important to me — client data, current projects — lives in Evernote.

I’m always looking for new ways to use it. Here’s a way that’s new to me — outreach. I especially liked this idea, Track Link Building Outreach like a Boss with Evernote | Search Engine People | Toronto:

“You can easily use your notebook data to infer what your success rate is at different stages of the workflow. For example, if I had 10 leads in Pitched, and 10 leads spread out between Writing, Submitted, and Published, my success rate for lead pitching was 50%. The math-savvy marketer should find it easy to calculate a whole ton of other data from this.”

Very nifty indeed. Makes my use of spreadsheets (which I hate) obsolete.

Getting handwritten notes into Evernote

I think better with a pen in my hand, so I scribble on anything handy when I want to think, or just need to make a quick note.

Livescribe is handy for getting some of this material into Evernote. I’ve got the Echo pen, which means I need to sync manually, but it’s brilliant.

For those times I’m scribbling onto sticky notes or index cards rather than Livescribe paper, I snap a picture of the notes with my phone.

That works. However, this may work better — CamNote:

This allows the use of Evernote’s OCR to convert my handwritten notes to digital text in the background, making all CamNote notes searchable by Evernote. In the example below a search for the term “CamNote” instantly returns the appropriate note as highlighted.

CamNote for iOS is free, BTW.