Sticky notes and the searchable cluttered desk

The short bit

Evernote is like a searchable cluttered desk. The Evernote Podcast is a work of comic genius. Evernote have embraced the multi platform ethos with both arms. Everything in Evernote is searchable including the text in pictures and the words in a PDF document. You can Tweet MyEn and it appears as a note. Diigo allows you to highlight and add sticky notes to Web pages and it wont even dirty your monitor.


Evernote is a free service to save anything and everything so that you can leave your mind free and uncluttered. It’s like my desk at work where I leave piles of useful stuff to peruse at a later date but with the added bonus that it’s fully searchable rather than having to spend half an hour searching looking for an essential document while snivelling and berating myself for being such an untidy fool.

So what you can save to it?
Emails. (Outlook plugin)
Web clips. (Firefox plugin)
Tweets. (Follow MyEn and then direct message them)
Photos – and yes the text is searchable.
PDF documents.

You may have used one of the Evernote mobile apps or the Firefox web clipper but have you used the Outlook plugin to save an email or followed MyEn on Twitter and sent it a direct message or forwarded a tweet to add a note that way?

One thing you might not know about Evernote is that the CEO, the Technical guy and the Marketing guy all do the best and funniest technical podcast out there. It’s pure genius and I fully expect it to come to the Edinburgh Fringe in the foreseeable future.

If you’ve heard of Evernote but aren’t using it then shame on you!
Evernote is what I think web 2.0 is. Only problem is how to remember to save stuff to Evernote?


Diigo is another free service that allows you to bookmark web pages but also to highlight sections and leave sticky notes. So the image is of my blog, with a highlighted section and the sticky note up and opened. So that’s another one to show my students.


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Bruce Darby - Assistive Technology Advisor at the University of Edinburgh
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