By: Nina Drumsta
Editor’s note: This blog is part of a series of guest posts from social media students at Eastern Michigan University. Follow the conversations at #LRNSMPR and @ginaluttrell.
Juggling five classes with all different professors, working 25 hours a week, interning 10 hours a week, and maintaining a personal and social life is the ultimate challenge. I constantly have papers shoved in my backpack, Post-it notes lying around my desk, and text messages sent to myself of notes I need to remember that I don’t even understand when I look at them the next day.
About a year ago, I went to a journalism conference for Michigan college student newspaper writers at Central Michigan University, and during a presentation from a panel of multiple journalists, I learned about the app Evernote.
The app was created in 2007 and has over 200 million users. It’s accessible for both Android and iPhone users. Evernote is a digital notebook, but does so much more than the little notebook application that is automatically installed into everyone’s phones. This allows me to organize everything that I need into one easily accessible place. Evernote is referenced to as an application because it is primarily used from cell phones; however it is syncable with any device. I currently have my Evernote account synced with my tablet and laptop, allowing me to access it almost whenever I need it. I can even log into my account from any computer when I am at school or work.
There are currently three versions of Evernote available:
I currently use the Basic version of Evernote, but once I graduate I plan to upgrade to the Premium version. I have decided to skip over the Plus version because I don’t believe that it is much different than the Basic version. I do believe that the Premium version would be worth the money after seeing how much more it allows users to do.
I currently use it to clip and save screenshots of emails from three different accounts, take photos of notes and handouts from classes and have them organized to individual classes, and have reminders set of assignments that are due from syllabuses that I have downloaded to the app.
The one thing that I do not like about the app is that in order to share notes created and saved, you must sync all your contacts from your cell phone. It doesn’t allow you to select which ones to sync, or let you simply add their contact information into the app. I feel like having all contacts synced is mixing personal and work relations too much and information can accidentally get shared with the wrong person if sharing a note or screen clip in a hurry. Besides that, I haven’t run into any bugs or problems since using Evernote!
I not only think that this app would be useful for individuals to use, but also for companies. The fact that anyone can upload information to the app from any device is helpful. This would allow employees to stay connected and updated on work information, events and meetings.
Nina Drumsta is a guest blogger.