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Jun272010

Evernote - The Big Secret

Over the weekend, Evernote have announced that they have a secret to share on July 14 2010 at 10 AM.  So I guess the big question is what is the secret and are elephant's good at keeping them?

Since Saturday several blog posts have popped up around the Internet making reference to an e-mail they have sent to 'some' of their users relating to the secret.  As you may know I'm a huge Evernote fan and user but I haven't yet received one of these mails.  The absence of any blog post or even a thread on the Evernote forum is rather conspicuous so I might be tempted to disregard this as a hoax except for something that happened a few months ago.

Phil Libin (CEO of Evernote) was having a public Q&A session (read my summary post - The Future of Evernote in 2010) and I asked him what feature he was most looking forward to.  His response was "The *second most* important thing that I’m looking forward to in 2010 is accessing shared notebooks in the downloadable clients. This is coming to iPad / iPhone first, then to all the other ones. The *most important* thing that I’m looking forward to is still a seeekreet, for the next few months, but stay tuned."  This could very well be THE secret to which Phil was referring.

The Big SecretThe e-mail contained a stylised note which read as follows:

We have a secret.

On the morning of July 14, 2010 at 10 AM,

Evernote's going to flip its lid.

Save the date. Details to come.

The line in bold is certainly our first footprint and clue towards what this is all about.  Why else would it be in bold and be phrased unusually.  Everything else is direct - this line has to be a teaser.

Researching the phrases of lid flipping gives all sorts of reference to butt kicking and craziness.  Either of these could apply to Evernote's plans with regards to offering a feature no one else could beat or just plain offering loads of extra stuff in general for free.  However Libin's allusion to the secret being a feature would suggest that this could be more of it being some sort of new functionality.

I also wondered if the reference has to do with some sort of storage or containment.  My thoughts were immediately drawn to cloud storage like Dropbox or Box.net.  But these are areas that Evernote wouldn't quite match to. It takes a different approach to file storage that is tied directly to its core concept - embedding files in notes.

Flipping the lid could be simply a release of something or de-capping.  Whilst Evernote could theoretically lift the upload limit I don't think this is likely.  The freemium model is working too well and the size limits are probably one of the key threshold features to convert users to premium (though SSL encryption of note traffic I know is being considered for release to free users - if the financials work out).

Unfortunately one footprint doesn't make a trail.  The "Details to come" might yet yield a second footprint and surely other rumours might begin to appear in the coming weeks.  So keep your eye out for an elephant in a bar who might leave a clue behind.  I'll certainly be keeping a closer eye on the forums, Evernote related Twitter feeds and the Evernote blog over the next few days as I'm still a little surprised to see nothing there so far.

What do you think the big secret might be?

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Reader Comments (3)

Could the secret be they are going to give us a date field we can use at our whim? THAT would be Big-Ass news, and good news at that...

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterschligdog

Well it looks like it isn't a rumour any longer. The Evernote blog finally has a post that confirms the big announcement next week. I'd thought that maybe it was going to be linked to the new Evernote book (see Brett Kelly's Friend Feed posting), but this might be a secondary release next week if this one really is as game changing as the blog post suggests.

The key part of the posting is...

We’re making an announcement about something new. Something we’ve been working on for a little while. Something that will change the way you interact with Evernote, and, maybe even, change how you think about Evernote.

The post image appears to be a something box shaped covered by a red drape. Again this leads me back to thinking perhaps it is something related to file storage particularly in the way I might think about how I use it. It would certainly change how I interact with Evernote too, but I'm still somewhat uncertain as Evernote have always promoted partnership rather than development of versions of pre-existing services. So I guess a link with a partner like Dropbox wouldn't be out of the question but I'm hoping for something more. I'd like to say "magical & revolutionary", but I think someone else may already have beaten me to that ;)

So pop it in the diary folks 6 PM - 9 PM on the 14th (PDT).

July 7, 2010 | Registered CommenterStephen Millard

So I've been continuing to ponder the details in Andrew Sinkov's post on the Evernote blog and I've begun to settle on something that might link things together a little.

The changing the way we interact with Evernote and how we think of it would lend itself to audio transcription which Phil Libin did indicate would be coming to the platform. The whole "box" imagery that appears to have been used might even be well suited if the feature were to be called "Voice Box".

This still doesn't seem like a big secret though. Phil has referenced the introduction which hardly makes it secret and in the same Q&A session he also referenced a big secret. Whilst I would love to have access to a transcription feature (probably implemented like Dragon Dictate on iOS - which still is't available in the UK :( ), but at the same time I hope it is still a big wonderful surprise.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Millard

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