Six months ago, we launched Evernote Hello, our app that helps you remember all the people you meet and the experiences you share. Today, we’re excited to announce the release of Evernote Hello for Android. We’ve made numerous enhancements, including a powerful LinkedIn integration that lets you instantly capture a rich encounter with someone simply by entering their email address. Here’s a look inside.
Evernote Hello is designed to mimic the way the human brain works. When we meet someone, our brains start building connections. They tie names and faces to time, location and context. Unfortunately, for the longest time, we were forced to remember people alphabetically in address books. This is where Evernote Hello comes in.
Whenever you meet someone, Evernote Hello gets the usual stuff, but adds a face, chronology, location, notes, and more. Now, you have all the elements to actually remember, and later recall, the people you meet.
How it works
There are three parts to Evernote Hello.
- The people you meet
- The mosaic of encounters
- Your profile
Let’s take a look at each.
Adding new people
There are three ways to add someone new to Evernote Hello.
- Enter their information yourself
- Pull their information from your address book
- Pass them your phone, and have them enter their contact info
No matter which you choose, the process is very quick. If you add the person from your address book, then you may be able to bypass the name, phone, and email steps. The app also asks you take a single photo to make it easy to visually recall the person later. If you’ve connected your account to LinkedIn, then the app will try to match the email address to a LinkedIn account and fill in any missing information.
Once you’ve added a person to Evernote Hello, the app instantly creates an encounter, which is the context of the meeting. Encounters include a map and street view of the location, links to profile of other people that you met around the same time, notes about the individual, additional snapshots, and any related notes that you have in your Evernote account.
The Mosaic is Evernote Hello’s iconic home screen. It contains faces, placed chronologically, of every person that you’ve met. Swipe vertically to see everyone. Tap on a face to view the person’s profile and a history of encounters. Because the mosaic is chronological, multiple encounters with the same person will appear in the mosaic multiple times. You can take a new picture of someone whenever you want, and Evernote Hello will remember how they looked at each meeting.
Your profile, now with LinkedIn
The app walks you through creating a profile, which consists of a photo, your personal contact information, and some important settings. To access you profile, simple swipe to the right from the main mosaic screen or tap the Evernote Hello icon in the top left.
During the setup process you can connect Evernote Hello to your LinkedIn account. Doing this allows the app to quickly build rich profiles of the people you meet by referencing their LinkedIn accounts. Also, when you meet someone new, you’ll be able to connect to them on LinkedIn from inside of Evernote Hello.
Calendars, call history, and SMS
Evernote Hello has a number of intelligent features built in, which are designed to predict the people you are about to meet. It does this by checking your calendar for upcoming events, as well as looking at who you’ve called and texted recently. All these give Evernote Hello an ability to save time by not having to type everything manually.
If there are certain people that you see all the time, you can have the app filter their names and emails out. This way they won’t appear when you pull individuals from your calendar, keeping your mosaic clear of people you don’t need help remembering.
Your information is private
It’s important to note that the app only uses this information to provide suggestions for new encounters. It does not save any of this locally or send it to the Evernote servers. The only thing that the app saves is what ends up in the actual encounter. Like with all other Evernote products, all the information you put into Hello stays private and we do not track it for any reason. You can disable any of these features in the app settings.
When you meet someone, Evernote Hello will send the person an email with your contact information and photo. It’s a great way to reinforce the meeting. You can disable this feature in your profile settings.
And so much more…
Not only does Evernote Hello make it easy to remember people, but it also puts those people into context with everything else you’re doing in Evernote. Whether you’re taking notes or remembering a meal with Evernote Food, Evernote Hello will present all of that relevant information as Related Notes at the bottom of the encounter.
Try Evernote Hello today at a conference, meet-up, or party. You’ll finally remember everyone you meet.