It’s easy to forget, but some tweets really are rather useful. Although you can mark them as favourites, how many of us remember to go back and look through them? I store pretty much all my research material in Evernote these days and that’s also where all the best tweets end up. There are two reliable methods (that I know of) for accomplishing this task, so let’s look at them now.
1. From within Twitter
With your Twitter account, start following @myEN and it will automatically follow you back. You’ll also receive a DM (direct message) with a link. Click the link, then sign into Evernote to link your accounts.
Mentioning @myEN in any tweet will then save the contents to Evernote.
For private Direct Messages, send a DM to myEN.
Your tweets should show up in Evernote within a minute or so.
For more information, see the Evernote blog.
No, I haven’t leant on the keyboard – it stands for If this then that. This brilliant service offers ‘recipes’ that extend the functionality of popular apps and makes them work together. With a recipe installed, marking a tweet as a favourite sends it straight to Evernote. They are added to an ‘IFTTT’ notebook with a ‘twitter’ tag. As you can see in this screenshot, I can tweak the recipe to specify the destination, the tags, the title, and what appears in the body of my note.
And here’s what it looks like once it’s landed in Evernote:
I tend to periodically look through my IFTTT notebook to recall interesting nuggets. If the tweet is relevant to current projects, I set a reminder in Evernote to prod me in a few days’ time.
There are heaps of recipes on IFTTT, so do have a rummage while you’re there.
If you’re new to Evernote, find out more in my ebook Managing Your Research with Evernote.