Several months ago, I mused about mining my own personal data for various purposes. Several areas that interested me had to do with what I read, especially online. So having recently discovered Evernote, I think this will work perfectly. For the last couple of weeks, I literally clip every single article I read online. Well, except for the ones that bore me so much that I bail after the first paragraph or two.
Yes, this means that if I read your blog post, or a news story, or anything else from Hacker News or Paper.li or Twitter, I clip it. Usually, I’ll do this with the Clearly extension for Chrome, unless I find it when using my phone. Later, I go through whatever is in my inbox notebook and tag it before moving it to an archive notebook. This has the effect of building up data for a decent tag cloud, although I haven’t built one yet. And if I can even remember a snippet of an article, I can go back to find it.
Of course, Evernote has other use cases, but so far using web clipping as a sort of external memory has stood out as the primary one for me.
I’ve nearly reached the breaking point with Google Reader and its devolution. The simplified interface and reduced functionality has me seeking out a new RSS reader. If you have any pointers, please met me know. Here are the things that matter to me:
- Web access: Not living purely in the client, although syncing is possibly okay
- Mobile access: Android access best but I can live with mobile web.
- Evernote integration: This has become my archival tool for everything I read.
- Stats: Help me understand what I read, what I’m ignoring, what’s happening with my feeds, etc. Alternately, an API I can mine may suffice.
- HTTPS support: I must encrypt my login and traffic with the site. This is not negotiable and I cannot accept any substitute. (You should feel the same, dear reader…)
- Twitter integration: I don’t always share links, but when I do, I prefer Twitter.
- Podcast client: Would like to use podcasts from the same reader if possible.
- Delicious integration: Good for tagging and link blogging. If I can do a link blog with the site, I may consider it.