With all the note taking apps, our capturing process leaves us weak when our systems get flooded with information that we can’t process and organize properly. I know this for a fact, because my Evernote database holds over 2300 notes stored over the course of 2 years, and it’s amazing that I still cope with it pretty well, thanks to notebooks.
For a long time, I was a heavy user of tags, but eventually tags became obsolete, once you start using them too often. 2300 notes and 300 tags later, is there a reason to have any more additional tags? Quite the big number of those tags are used once or twice and never mentioned again.
So I am increasingly interested in taxonomy and organization of the curated and created content. But I find adding tags a daunting task and I wish there was something that would pull the tags from the content of the note.
Introducing the # – tag your note
So I wanted to try out something new. All you actually need to do is use the hash tag as Twitter users would use it, or even better yet, the # symbol that is recognized by everyone.
So whenever you use # in front of the word, it constitutes as your tag. It works awesome, because we never ever use any words with the # symbol, it’s rare occurrence that we use it that way. It’s more frequent to see the comet in the sky than # as a part of the legitimate non mathematical content.
I first opened myself to this idea when I wanted to implement native iOS Notes as my note taking system. The goal behind implementing the notes as a big part of my productivity system is actually spotlight integration. And it is quite possible that they can become my main note taking application in the next iteration of the Mountain Lion, where the Notes app will come out.
This kind of tactic will help you tag content instead of the note itself, which makes it more reliable to search. It won’t make it pretty for someone outside to read, but the fact remains, it’s the easiest way to add tags, without harassing yourself to add tag manually in the apps like Evernote and SimpleNote.
It’s increasingly hard to keep up with all the data that we produce, curate, download… Using the # tags within the content we curate can be a true bliss. It will save you time tagging, as well as time spent creating. As well as searching, because you can tag the specific areas of the note.
How do you like this idea of tagging ? Have you tried it yourself? Have you used # tags on Twitter? I encourage you to leave your thoughts in the comments.