Archives for August 2016

August 23, 2016 - 1 comment.

Effective emails using A.I., Boomerang Respondable Review

I've been using Boomerang for Gmail for a few years and it's great. Super reliable and definitely helps to manage communication expectations.

Today I saw the promo video for Boomerang Respondable.

Write Perfect Emails with Artificial Intelligence.

First and foremost, the video is outstanding. Nicely done, Baydin! 🙂

What is Respondable?

Respondable is a browser extension for Gmail to help you write better, more actionable emails in real time. Based on data from millions of messages, Respondable makes every email you send more effective.

I've installed the free version, which includes these real time metrics:

  1. Subject length — It recommends 2–6 words.
  2. Word count — It recommends 50–150.
  3. Question count — It recommends 1–5 questions.
  4. Reading level — It recommends 3rd grade.

Here's a sample rating while I'm typing a bogus message:

Message rating using Boomerang Respondable

The concept is cool. Obviously, it's hit or miss depending on your audience but generally I could see this help people compose more effective emails. Maybe it'll prevent someone from emailing me with the subject: "website".

Nah, doubt it.

I suspect Baydin will be tweaking the algorithms over time, right now it's too easy to vastly sway the ratings by adding one more question, or removing a big (regular-sized(?)) word. But hey, it's guidance nonetheless.

Overall, I'm curious to see how it develops over time. I don't think I'm quite ready to upgrade to Pro for $15/mo. but I'll let it hang out for now. I could definitely see it becoming a bit of a distraction though but I'm okay with that—it's rare for me to compose emails in the browser anyway.

I'll give it a week or so and check back with more.

Give a shout if you have thoughts or questions!

Read more about it at Boomerang's website.


August 23, 2016 - No Comments!

Connect Shazam to Evernote

Ever wondered if you can store your Shazam music in Evernote?  Yes, and it's pretty awesome. It'll take about 7 minutes to get up and running.

What you'll need to connect Shazam to Evernote:

  1. Shazam App for iPhone or Android
  2. Evernote Plus or Premium
    (Don't want to pay for Evernote yet? Here's a free workaround using Gmail instead of Evernote)

If you don't have a paid Evernote membership, you can get started here for free with an optional upgrade - $35 annually.

Create a free account

Alright, assuming you're set with Evernote Plus or Premium, let's get started.

First, find your Evernote email address

It's a unique address you can use to save emails directly into Evernote, it looks something like this: You'll want to find the address and copy it, we'll use it for the next step.

To find your Evernote email address, go to your account settings:


Select Help > Account Settings.... Your email address appears in the 'Email Notes to' section.


iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Tap your username to access your account settings. Scroll down and select General > Evernote Email Address.


Windows Desktop

Click on Tools > Account Info. Your email address will appear next to 'Email notes to:'


Tap the 3-dots button in the upper right, select Settings > Account Info, and scroll down until you see your Evernote email address.

Evernote Web

Click on your profile photo, the select 'Settings'. Your email address appears in the 'Email Notes to' section.

Next, create a new Contact in your phone

You can name this whatever you want, but "Evernote" seems sensible for this example. Create a contact and paste your Evernote email address as the primary email for the contact.

Lastly, sending from Shazam:

Step 1: Shazam some tunes

Step 2: Tap the Share button, then select Email

Step 3: Start typing the name of your new contact (Evern...) and select that contact.

Step 4: Click send


Head on back to Evernote and you'll see your newly Shazam'd tune saved as a note! It'll appear in whichever Notebook you've saved as default.

Where you go from here will depend on what you're trying to accomplish. Personally, I'll review my saved song notes about once a week. If I decide to buy something, I'll add the tag "purchased". The really great part about using Evernote to manage music is that you can add as much context to a note as you'd like. Sometimes it's easier to recall the name of the venue or train-spotee where you heard the song—typing a quick "Dave's 30th, grill out at the park" could save a ton of time later on.

Later, I'll walk through a similar process using a few other tools with Evernote.

Message or comment if you have any thoughts or questions!

Still don't have Evernote? Create a free account