Web Spy: Evernote
[There are over 100 million sites on the Internet. 100 million! You might think you know about all the important ones (CollegeCandy, Gmail, Google, TFLN…), but there are thousands of other sweet sites out there (like Grooveshark, Ebates and Keep Me Out) and more showing up every day! We get it – it’s not easy or fun sifting through the crap and porn to find those gems, so we’re gonna bring the gems to you. Just sit back, kick up those feet and allow us to introduce you to the diamonds in the internet rough.]
My desk is cluttered with post-it notes of things I don’t want to forget about, magazine clippings, receipts, class notes, and more. The mess, plus being occasionally scatter-brained, drives me crazy and sometimes (OK, more than I’d like to admit) even causes me to forget about important events or due dates. I used to try to figure how I could keep it all organized in a way that would make it all easy to access and find what I need – but now Evernote does all that for me!
Evernote will help you remember anything – whether it’s the due date of an assignment, a random thought, the name of that awesome beer you had at your friend’s party, or anything else – and it’ll help keep it organized! It’s so easy: simply create an account on the site and start adding notes!
There are about a zillion different ways you can submit something to Evernote. The most basic way is to simply log on to the website and type in a note manually, but you can also send an e-mail to your account (an e-mail address is created for each account, and can be found on the account settings page of the site), send a text or picture from your cell phone (to your account e-mail address), enter it through one of the smart phone or computer desktop apps, clip something directly from a webpage through their browser add-on, or even send a tweet. Plus, there are tons of websites, products, and mobile apps that you can connect to Evernote with, and more are being added all the time!
And if helping you remember everything wasn’t cool enough, Evernote gets even cooler: it also helps you stay organized! Once you submit something, Evernote automatically saves it for you in a “notebook.” You can create as many notebooks as you want (one for food, one for school, one for shoes….), and can organize everything you submit accordingly.
Some ideas: a digital shopping list with pictures of cute clothes you see in stores and online that you want to buy, a to-do list with tasks and assignments you don’t want to forget about, or web clippings of research for your upcoming term paper. The uses for Evernote are endless!
All your Evernote notes are also searchable by the note’s title or keywords in it. Evernote can even recognize text and handwriting in images! You can also add tags to notes to make searching even faster and easier.
Evernote is going to put an end to the post-it wall over my desk (thus saving many innocent trees)and the hundreds of poorly organized bookmarks on my browser. I never thought I’d say this, but I think I’m finally going to get organized.
God, the Internet is such a wonderful thing.