At the end of last year, veteran newsletter writer and web-surfer Gary North wrote about Evernote:

Internet Explorer offers Favorites. Firefox offers Bookmarks. They do the same thing. With the two clicks of your mouse, you can save a link to a Web article. With a little extra work, you can re-name it. It’s there forever . . . or until you lose your hard disk.

You can also create folders for topics. You can place a link into a folder. You then need to remember the link and the folder — not just the link.

You do this, week after week, month after month. The list grows. You may or may not remember to alphabetize the list. Or you may not know how.

At some point, you may have over 3,000 links. I did.

You cannot search the links with a keyword. Whatever information is available a link click away does not appear on your hard disk. You must remember where a link is in the list.

Then, as links get old, some of them die. You click a link. The page is empty. You don’t recall what was on that now-missing page. You know it was important enough to save the link.

It takes time to go through them one by one in order to cull them.

Like a pile of papers on your desk, the list grows. You know where this is heading — to a digital version of this:

There is a solution. It’s called Evernote:

via Deliverance from Favorites and Bookmarks: How I Overcame a Crippling Addiction.

Before I started using Evernote, I was using Delicious to bookmark everything I found interesting, including “to read later” items. Delicious works very well as an alternative to bookmarks and Favourites. It’s main advantage is that it is independent of the computer you are on (although it’s a little clunkier to save bookmarks if your computer does not have the Delicious bookmarklet installed), and it is platform-independent.

But last year, Delicious was off-line for extended periods twice within a short time. I decided to move all my Delicious links over to Evernote – all 7,041 of them? Yikes! That could take a while. First, I saved all my delicious bookmarks as an html file and saved it on my hard-drive.

My next Evernote project is to get rid of all my notebooks except my GTD ones: Inbox, Todo, Agenda, Business ideas, Read/Review, Someday/Maybe. All other existing notebooks will be converted to tags. Everything in Evernote is “Reference”. What needs to be specially designated is specific “Next Actions”.

Another advantage is I can put items into several “categories” at once. Items can be project support materials, project details and also GTD items (such as Read/Review). Once I’ve read it or performed the action, I just delete the “read/review” tag.

This reduces the number of steps that need to be taken with each note, and it also facilitates searching on ipad, where the layout is different from on pc.