In an increasingly digital world, ubiquitous note capture is the life raft of so many drowning in a sea of information. So many brilliant thoughts are available to us with so little friction, no matter your interests, that it’s easy to forget that we actually have some thoughts of our own floating around in our heads. The difficult part is recording them, so that we can come back to them later and, perhaps, do something with them. Enter Fetchnotes.
There is no shortage of note-taking applications, of course. Microsoft’s OneNote comes to mind, which is great if you’re an Office and/ or Windows user. Simplenote does what it says on the tin, but isn’t available for all platforms. Evernote is the granddaddy of them all, but it’s become so much more than a note-taking app that it’s hard to see past the bloat. That is not to say these apps aren’t great in their own right, but what if you simply want to capture your latest thought, regardless of what platform you use or where you are? Fetchnotes does this, and does it well.
Wherever you are, whatever device you’re using, Fetchnotes is designed to allow you to capture what’s in your head, record it quickly and seamlessly, and get back to your life (or job). Just send in a text message, and your note will be captured, later accessible via the web interface. You’ll also soon be able to use email, their mobile app and even the IM or voice bot as well. That means that you can have an iPhone, a Blackberry, or even a 2003 Motorola Razr, and the service is equally handy. Now, that’s ubiquitous.
If, like me, you’re the type who has entirely too many notes floating around in your brain, one of the problems becomes what to do with your notes when they’re in front of you. Fetchnotes solves this conundrum brilliantly, allowing you to tag your notes as you enter them. Simply supplement your note with #todo, and the item goes into your task list. Tag it with #grocery and you have a quickly accessible shopping list. Blog ideas can be organized with #blog, or #idea, or… well, you get the point. You’ll also soon be able to collaborate with other Fetchnotes users, tagging specific people. So, if I need Larry to send a brochure to a client, I’d simply enter @Larry to make sure the note gets to him.
All this is to say nothing of the web interface, which is simple, clean, and intuitive:
There are few things that the Fetchnotes team has not executed brilliantly, and the service will only get better as they plan to integrate other services that most of us already use, including Gmail, Evernote, Dropbox, etc, so whatever your current workflow, Fetchnotes will nestle in alongside it quite easily. There's even a native Linux widget to allow Linux users to quickly send in a note. This particular feature is quite in the alpha stages, and I've no information on a timeline for its release.
I, for one, have extremely high hopes for these guys, and if they continue to impress as they have thus far, they’ll have a very loyal user in me for years to come. The service is currently in closed beta, but is opening to the public very soon, so keep an eye on your inbox after signing up.
Note: This post originally appeared on the Fetchnotes
blog, and has been edited for Sssimpli.
Correction: I just received an email from the Fetchnotes team. The desktop widget is under beta testing, and will be available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.