Picture your brain. It’s like a bucket.
But a bucket with a leaky hole. Our brains are designed to be flytraps for new information and knowledge, but evolution put in a deliberate “flaw”. It’s easy to learn new things. But it is just as difficult to remember and hold on to new knowledge without effort.
So before you wade into the tides of information out there, arm yourself with a system to keep the knowledge and also share it around. Sharing new insights is one way to remember what you learn. It also pays off with better interpersonal productivity and collaboration. .
Plus, let’s face it: sometimes it’s easier to get your point across by letting someone or something else do the talking. Learn… share… and make sure you learn something from everybody in your life.
Here are 11 helpful apps and services you can use now to save and share the favorite bits of knowledge you come across every day.
Find the Best Information Sources
Mybridge is a reading app for professionals, particularly those who work in the tech sector. Users can program the app with different “skills,” which are basically content categories such as social marketing, mobile design or leadership. The app then curates ten articles for you to read based on your preferences. Not only does it help you find stories interesting to you, it does it automatically.
Download — Mybridge for iOS (Free)
Openoox isn’t an app. It’s rather a new way to organize and share your bookmarks within your web browser. Think of it as a more visual way to bookmark and organize websites, and then share folders or groups of sites with friends via social media. Want to organize the internet? This is the app for you. It includes a customized launch page that features links to all your go-to sites.
The Right Relevance app is effective at finding you interesting content because, as the name indicates, it helps you search articles, videos and more that are relevant to you as selected by influencers in your industry. Grow your own influence with the app by being one of the first to share relevant or interesting info to friends, followers, and colleagues.
Download — Right Relevance for iOS (Free)
Save Your Favorite Articles and Advice
Shout is a simple way to save online content. A tap can share content later with family, friends, and followers. Create lists to organize your reading and follow public lists that help you discover even more interesting topics or pieces of advice. Make your lists private or public, or you can make them collaborative so others can contribute.
There are two versions of Shout: an iOS app and a Chrome browser extension.
There are three great things about Wallabag. The first is it allows you to save content by only extracting the actual article content, then display it in an easy-to-read view. It’s available across seven platforms, allowing you to switch between each of them without losing content. Finally, those with an account on Pocket, Readability, Instapaper, or Pinboard can import data into Wallabag.
The name P2K is an abbreviation for Pocket to Kindle, which describes what the app does: delivers your Pocket articles to your Kindle device periodically. Send articles at a set time every day or week or just one non-recurring delivery.
Alternatively, you can set it up to sync every time you add something to Pocket. You can select which type of content to deliver, such as newer or older articles first or randomly selected articles.
Download — P2K for Pocket (Free)
Share Advice With Friends and Communities
Just as the name sounds, Highly Highlighter is a highlighter for the internet. It adds a button to your Chrome browser or iOS apps that allow you to highlight only important or interesting parts of content, then save and share it later. Like many on this list, you can follow others or share your highlights via social media.
Charm is a companion app for the iOS version of Twitter that helps you organize tweets into collections or save articles and pieces of advice for later. Since collections are not exclusive to Charm, you can view and use them through other Twitter-related apps such as TweetDeck or Tweetbot. The app takes your Twitter experience and makes it a little better.
Download — Charm for iOS (Free)
Never Forget It
Nuggets is a Chrome extension that helps you record, remember, and share pieces of advice you learn online. It gets its name from the method it uses — it records what you learn in nugget-sized bits that are 200 characters or less. Also, you don’t actually have to type anything out. You can highlight any text and add it to Nuggets.
Download — Nuggets for Chrome (Free)
MindZip doesn’t help you find and share content, it helps you remember the things you learn online. The iOS app — Android version coming soon — is a study coach you use to train your mind for five minutes per day. One of the unique things about the app is that it improves your overall memory. That means it can help you remember advice you learned online, but it can also help you in your personal life by improving your relationships and making you generally more attentive.
Download — MindZip for iOS (Free) | Android (Coming Soon)
The Memomize Chrome extension allows you to mark any piece of text you come across online and save it for later. It helps you remember what you saved by making your text available each time you open a new Chrome tab. From there, you can go directly to the source of the text or add tags to better organize your info. The app’s creators say versions for iOS and Android will be available soon.
Download — Memomize for Chrome (Free)
Whose Life Will You Improve Next?
Here’s some advice for saving and sharing advice: use one or more of these apps and services to collect and share the most inspiring insights you can. Whether you want to improve yourself, or empower others to do the same, you’re likely to become one of the most positive and inspirational people you know.
Who will you share your knowledge with first?