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Recently Evernote launched a series of new apps –
- Evernote Clearly (a plugin for viewing the text from web pages – great for cluttered sites)
- Evernote Food (for those fetishists who like taking snaps of meals)
- Evernote Peek (for learning) and …
- Evernote Hello (for collecting information to help you remember people you meet)
As a well-documented Evernote bore, I had to give them all a go.
I have no real use for Peek, have used Evernote Clearly and Food once or twice – but I was keen to give Evernote Hello a go.
It’s a great idea. I am useless at remembering names (great a faces, which means I know exactly WHO’s name I’ve forgotten) and am always looking for new tools to beat this affliction.
How it works
Evernote Hello encourages you to formally gather information about a person when you first meet them via an iPhone app.
In a traditional setting, you’d receive someones business card during the conversation, which ends up in your pocket with all the other business cards to gather dust and become a notepad for other more pressing bits of information (train times, phone numbers etc).
This app allows you to gather the Twitter name, email address and telephone number of the person AND, most importantly, a photograph – which will then sit within the app, and within your Evernote account. It also logs where you met them, and allows you to link this contact to notes within Evernote.
So far so good.
(and this is the entire crux of the app) … I must admit to being far too polite to ask to take someone’s photograph, on first meeting. It just is not in my nature to do that. Asking for their Twitter name, or email address is one thing – a photograph? … a step too far.
Is this just a British thing? Are other nationalities more easy going about this?
It is interesting to see this issue raised on the Evernote forum (post here)
Starting to Use It
There have been multiple opportunities for me to use to use this app – the recent News:Rewired journalism conference the major one.
However, I am no point felt it was the right time, during a conversation, to whip out my phone and take a strangers picture (and it would have been even more creepy to take a picture of them on the sly)
This week I began teaching a new class (MA Social Media) at Birmingham City University as a visiting tutor. I will be working with them for several weeks so it was a great chance to test this app out. As a small group of tech-friendly people – I hoped they would be open to me gathering their information at the start of the class so I could begin to learn names, as well as pick up twitter and email account details.
The phone gives you several ways to add information, You can pass them your phone (often easier than trying to spell complex twitter names and risk mistakes), you can do it yourself or link the contact with one already in your address book.
As I passed my phone around the (small) class, the general concern that I was going to put the images online (probably thanks to culture of endless tagging on Facebook). This was not the case – it was simply for my records.
Interestingly, we realized that if an email address is added by the contact, they receive a message from Evernote Hello, with MY details – very useful for automatically exchanging contacts.
This app is – in theory – a great idea. However, whipping my iPhone out asking to take someones picture is just not going to happen.
Instead, I am going to start using it to gather contacts in the normal way. So, at the end of a conversation, when I would normally ask for the persons email or Twitter details – I will let them manually add into Evernote Hello. There is a photograph button clearly visible, and I am hoping people will be intrigued by the app and volunteer to take picture themselves.
And that is just polite enough for me.