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.


, and on Twitter: @angee

Content Tip: Fast and Easy Snippets Get Traffic

iPad mini
Everything’s getting smaller now — first the iPad, and then the iPad mini, for example.

But what about your content? Maybe your content is “TLDNF” (Too Long, Didn’t Finish.) Your audience snacks on content. Long content is a commitment, and we’re all becoming commitment-phobic.

In Rethinking Content: Is Your Content “Snackable”? I said:

“Do you snack on content? I know I do. To catch up with the news, I used to read news websites. These days, I use Flipboard on my iPad to ‘snack’ on the news of the day. Of course I read longer pieces too, from websites like the New Yorker. I spend more time snacking on, and reading content on the iPad than I do on my production machine, some days.”

Consider creating content snippets

Consider creating content snippets. We discussed easy ways to create quote images. Quote images are fast and easy to create.

You can also use the content you’ve already created. Let’s say you’ve created a “top ten tips” article for your blog.

Why not post some of that content as snippets? Chop up the content, and you’ve got ten snippets from one article. You can post these, with an image, to Google+ or to Twitter, with a link to your website, or a webpage.

I love the latest version of WordPress, because it comes with the Twenty Thirteen theme, which has a variety of post formats. It’s now easy to post snippets as links, quotes, and asides, to your WordPress blog. (I’m currently using the basic Twenty Thirteen theme on this blog.)

The Tumblr service is popular BECAUSE of the short and sweet content options it provides.

I talked about Tumblr here:

Post Short, Eye-Catching Content

Got interesting photos? Post them. Users react to, and will reblog, humorous material. Rather than posting a photo of your CEO behind his desk therefore, post a photo of your CEO throwing a frisbee for his dog.

Pull a good quote from an article on your primary blog, and post that. (The service has a bookmarklet which makes it easy to post material in seconds.)

Remember to add tags (keywords) to your content.

What content snippets could you create? Track your traffic. You might find that a mix of longer content and snippets saves you time, and gets you more traffic.

, and on Twitter: @angee

New Evernote for iOS: Finger-Tip Fast Access to Your Notes


I’ve just been trying out the new version of Evernote for iOS. Notable enhancements include a better PDF viewer, which is excellent.

However, the standout enhancement for me is the new Snippets view. In Snippets, a calendar runs down the side of your screen. Tap the calendar, and you move to the notes you created on that date. This is perfect for me, because it saves so much time — I run my life with Evernote. It’s my diary, my client control center, and my knowledge base.

Formatting in notes has also been improved; I haven’t been bothered by it, so it doesn’t concern me. However, there is an option to clear formatting from notes, which will be useful.

Evernote Business gets some goodies too. You can download your complete Business Notebooks, and you can view your company’s Business Library, and sync any notebooks you choose to your device.

If the app crashes…

A warning before you update. The Evernote blog says:

If you experience a crash in this update, please uninstall and reinstall the app. That seems to resolve the issue. We’re working on a fix.

They’re not kidding about this.

After I installed, and tried to open the app, the screen flashed, then the app died. It was an easy fix.

I deleted the app and then reinstalled, and all was well. A minor inconvenience, because the new Snippets view is magic.

I use Evernote every day, on all my devices. It just keeps getting better.

Offering — Web Content Creator: Dominate the Web

SEO Content Mastery

Content beyond SEO: write it, and turn your words into cash… While Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important — the search engines are indexing scripts after all — companies and publications are looking to social media, and rich content, to get traffic.

They need writers who are up to speed on these topics. So savvy Web writers are becoming content creators. They’re creating Facebook and Google+ pages, Twitter campaigns, writing video scripts, writing local content, and much more.