An Addendum to My Post on Pocket and Evernote: Pocket vs. Web Clipper

One thing I left out of my recent Going Paperless post on using Pocket to keep Evernote clutter-free, is the distinction I make between using Pocket to capture information and using Evernote’s Web Clipper. I use both tools for different purposes.

When I use Pocket

  • Grabbing articles I don’t have time to read now and want to review later (usually not tagged in Pocket).
  • Grabbing research that I need to filter through before deciding what gets stored more permanently in Evernote (I will often tag these in Pocket).
  • Grabbing articles/posts I want to share (via Buffer) at some later point

Basically, all of this stuff gets staged in Pocket, and I review it (mostly on my iPhone) when I have time. Only those things I want to keep in more permanent form get sent on to Evernote. (Probably less than 5% of the total.)

When I use Evernote’s Web Clipper

  • Clipping a receipt from an online order
  • Clipping a confirmation page from an online transaction
  • Grabbing a screenshot I want to send directly to Evernote (although sometimes I will use Skitch).

I use the web clipper for stuff that I know is going to go into Evernote and which is easy to determine how it will get filed (receipts, confirmations, etc.) This is not stuff I save to read later, the way I do with Pocket. This is stuff I save for the “paperless” paper trail.

I probably should have included this in the post, but it slipped my mind at the time I was writing it.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

One reply on “An Addendum to My Post on Pocket and Evernote: Pocket vs. Web Clipper”

  1. Thanks. I have Pocket, but have never used it until I read this post. I also have Skitch, but haven’t really figured out how to use it most effectively. My Evernote is packed full. I greatly appreciate your tips.

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