When you think of digitizing your notes, there are a few cloud-based front runners of the digital note revolution. Evernote, Springpad, SimpleNote, Catch Notes, and Reqall come to mind. Aside from Reqall though, none of these apps can actually accommodate users that want to create notes the simplest (and probably fastest) way there is – SMS.
Fetchnotes is a new cloud-based notepad that allows you to create notes via web and SMS, so it can serve both smartphone and feature phone owners. The focus of Fetchnotes is also on simplicity, an almost-instant setup, and easy note organizing with hashtags, which you should be very familiar with if you are a power Twitter user.
If you are intrigued by simple, Fetchnotes will be right up your alley. It’s easy to use and has more exciting features under development. If you would like to check it out, be sure to grab a invite at the end of this post. Let’s take a look at the web-based app it offers up next.
Add Notes By SMS Or Web
You’re most likely comfortable texting at the speed of lightning. Why not channel that same energy to jot down a note you’ll be thankful for later? Fetchnotes makes creating notes via text message extremely easy. After you sign up, click on the gears icon to set your phone number.
You will get a text message with a confirmation code that you’ll just need to enter on the same page where you entered your mobile number. After that, inputting notes will be as easy as texting your best pal or sending a random thought to Twitter.
Auto-Tag Notes With Hashtags
Tagging notes cannot get easier than this. Start any potential tag with a ‘#’ anywhere in your note. Both your note will be auto-tagged and your tag will be created automatically. This works on the web app and via SMS.
When you are actually using the web app, you can create notes by using the quick-add feature and saving them with Shift-Enter. That means your notes can be much longer and spanning different lines without a hitch.
To manage your tags, you can currently eliminate them from a specific note to untag and delete a tagged note, which will delete the tags if they’re the only notes with those tags.
Though Fetchnotes is young, there are many more features being worked on right now. Planned features include the ability to share notes with a specific contact or even custom groups, integration with Evernote, Google Apps, Outlook, Basecamp, and other popular applications so you don’t have to abandon all of your familiar work and start over.
You’ll also be able to enter notes via email, IM and voice. I’d probably keep an eye out for additional future options coming from Fetchnotes.
Excited yet? The kind folks at Fetchnotes have provided us with 150 invites so nab yours from this link.
Looking for other simple and minimalistic way to store all your tidbits of information AND access it anywhere? There are many worthwhile options that can get you up and running. On a Windows machine? Why not try the built-in sticky notes app or this open-source alternative? On a Mac? You’re not without choices either. Linux users have long been able to use built-in sticky notes apps BasKet and Tomboy, though there are other slick note-taking apps, such as Xournal as well.
On Android and iOS, the number of note-taking apps is so high, there’s bound to be one for your needs, whether you want to only record audio-notes, want to replace your moleskine with your iPad, prefer local, private notes, etc. If you’ve been convinced that taking notes on your web browser works better than nothing, see this post for a list of stylish note-taking Chrome extensions. Need access to your notes regardless of the platform? Read this roundup (or search our site for more options) and rejoice.
What do you use to take notes? Share your favorite apps in the comments below! Rather use pen and paper? Voice your opinion below too!