From personal preference, I disagree about Tags being the key to Evernote. I actually think the feature should be eliminated entirely. I’m curious about what you & others think of this…
I personally type my own tags at the bottom of each note instead of using Evernote’s formal Tag entry method. In other words, if a keyword doesn’t already appear in the title or body of my note, I add a “#Tag” at the bottom.
This has a number of benefits…
- It doesn’t waste keystrokes (Tags are buried within the Info button)
- It optimizes for search (typing the keyword in the search field returns the keyword in search results whether it appears in the body of a note or in the formal Tag metadata)
- The formal Tag system creates another, siloed, data entry category (e.g. Evernote’s search results have a separate header for Tags containing your search keyword; that header is preceded by one for each Notes & Notebooks categories; and all of these have their own relevance hierarchies)
- The formal Tag system gets cluttered and fractured due to synonyms and inconsistencies, whereas my tag method lets you add as many tags as you want, then refine your search using multiple tags (e.g. “Tech” + “Technology” + “Information Technology” + “IT” + “Software” + “App” + “Apps” + “Applications” + etc.)
…In fact, if I had it my way, Evernote should actually eliminate Notebooks and promote Tags. To improve the UX with Tags, it should extract any text beginning with a hashtag (e.g. “#tag”) and add it to the formal “Tag” metadata.
Of course, the free and open web is prone to beg, borrow, and steal your attention. Reading blogs, news, and research has always been an inefficient user experience — like finding needles in haystacks — but now Annotote is the antidote, so check it out: Don’t waste time or attention; get straight to the point.