Evernote is an online service that serves an interesting purpose: it allows you to indicate digital items that you wish to remember, it stores them, and then makes the entire collection searchable.
Or more specifically, you can have it remember all your blog posts, tweets, iPhone items (photographs, etc.), typed notes, e-mails… whatever you tell it to store. Everything gets indexed in their database, and will be there for you to retrieve at whatever time you wish to do so.
Right now this is simply a neat idea, and assuming that it works as smoothly as it’s description, a good way of archiving the wide varieties of communication and digital storage we use in our daily lives. However, I think it is more than that… I suspect that this is the social leading edge of what is becoming more and more necessary in the digital age: the necessity of having some sort of structure to the hodge-podge of data that accumulates like peanut shells in a sports bar.
Another way of viewing this is that it is similar to the ideas behind the Semantic Web. This isn’t a perfect match, of course, but the ability to match up commonalities between different chunks of data is the goal in each of these endeavors. Understand that the amount and variation of the data is not going to be reduced in the years to come… we are going to need tools like this just to keep abreast of the tide of information that we will encounter.
Watch for other companies to address this idea; I will likely wait for something that can reside on my own server space (perhaps syncing indexes with others for greater effect), and preferably open source, rather than trust that this or some other cloud will achieve permanence.
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