Posted 08.18.2009

Posted 08.18.2009

Getting Social Media to Work for You (Part 1: Evernote)

UPDATE January 3, 2014:

I’ve written a more recent (and more detailed) post on how I use Evernote, today.

I think one of the hardest things about social media is once you understand what services are available, you must also know how to implement them in a way that works for you–a.k.a. be able to find something when you need it. A lot of times it feels like overlap.

I have a friend at work that gives me quite a bit of grief (ok, meaningless teasing) over my numerous accounts. But, this is the system that (currently) works for me.

11 Part Series

  • Evernote
  • Gmail and Google Calendar
  • Google Reader
  • Basecamp
  • Remember the Milk
  • Delicious
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • Vimeo
  • Dropbox
  • Facebook


What is Evernote? (for 300)

I surf (the web) a lot! –As a graphic designer, I’m definitely a visual person. However, sometimes that makes it hard to categorize information when it’s all in picture form. –Which is why I have found so much success with Evernote. For one, it is able to “read” words within your images. For example, if there was an image that has “Nike” on it, I can search for “Nike” and 9 times out of 10 it will recognize the type within the image.

I also tag everything. I’ve found the trick to tagging is to use words that you think you will search with in the future. I’ll also tag things with project names. When the time comes to work on that particular project, all the research I’ve already done is already grouped together. I go into a brainstorming meeting and all my prep work is already done.

Why Evernote won over 37 Signals Backpack
I used 37Signals Backpack for a while and really enjoyed it. The hard part came when I found items that could technically go on multiple pages. (It was a website, but I really liked the typography. Which page do I put it on? website or typography?) After a while, my pages got REALLY long, making it harder to find information.

Other things that make Evernote a Winner

  • All their software is free ninety-free!
  • There’s an iPhone app. I can access anything, anywhere.
  • Everything syncs. I have Evernote running on my personal laptop at home and my desktop at work.
  • I can make my notebooks public, sharing my findings with other graphic designers I work with (including the one that complains about my 2,001 accounts)
  • There’s a Firefox + Safari plugin, making it easy to clip information

  • Drew Huddleston

    So do you actually use delicious in addition to evernote? I am really curious as to how you could effectively use the two.

  • Amy

    @Drew I use Delicious for bookmarking/tagging links and Evernote for images + screenshots.—Obviously, this is an area of overlap and technically I could combine everything into Evernote, especially since they have a tool that will import your Delicious bookmarks.