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Find Your Productivity Solution

The Springpad Springboard community on Google+ has been the home for Springpad users for more than a year.  With the pending shutdown of the business (but not the community) we’ve pulled together to help people find alternatives for their own trusted productivity / curation solutions.  To make things easier, below are the important links to articles and assets to help in the search and success:


Keep checking back here as we add new posts, contact information, and more about the myriad of productivity solutions out there and how to get the most for your needs.

In addition you can use a copy of the list at List.ly to rate your preference of productivity tools and see how others have rated them as well:

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The End of Springpad

There is a lot of rumor circulating about the end of Springpad as a service and a company.   While there are a number of things I’m aware of that I can’t and won’t comment on (business topics that really aren’t my area) being one of the largest users of Springpad there are a number of points I can touch on.
Any service can go away at any time.   We’ve seen this with Google and dozens of other companies in the Internet space.   As users we struggle and complain, but so often forget these companies are made up of people who have dedicated countless hours to build a service they believed could not only be a success but also help and contribute to others.   To watch something like that unravel from the inside is incredibly painful and frustrating for those in the business.  
Over a month ago Springpad reached out to me as the founder of the Google+ user community and host of the Springpad Show to let me know things were in the works for a major change.   They wanted a user engaged in the process to make sure the concerns of their community, which they have spent years cultivating, were addressed in the best way possible.   Working hand in hand with them we’ve been able to test options and come up with strategies to help you move forward with your information.
More real information, not speculation, will be coming shortly.  I know they are doing their best in what is the worst possible time for a business.  If we work together with patience and cooperation we’ll all be able to move forward.

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Saying Thank You the Springpad Way

With the holiday season upon us, it’s important to remember to thank people for the gifts we receive, not only now but all through the year.  Springpad is the kind of tool that makes the mechanics easier so you can focus on the sentiment.  Here’s my recommendation:

Create a notebook in Springpad for “Thank You Reminders”.  Inside that notebook either create a contact note for each person you are receiving a gift from.  (If you’re planning ahead you already have a Contacts notebook of these people and you can just add them to the new notebook, but that’s a different article.)  On each contact record make sure you add a tag with the person’s name.  That will come in handy later as the unwrapping is happening.

Now’s when it all comes together.  When the presents are being unwrapped, either by you or by others who you are keeping track for, using Springpad on your mobile device open the Thank You Reminders notebook and take a photo of the present and the happy smiles of the gift receiver.   Title the Spring with brief description of the gift and then, here’s the important part, assign the tag of the person’s name to the photo.

Now after the festivities have ended you can go back to that notebook, filter on the person’s name tag and send them a warm, sincere thank you note for the gifts, and anything else they have done for you over the course of the year.

It’s better to give than to receive, but when you receive make sure you say Thank You!

Photo credit: kevin dooley / Foter.com / CC BY

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Conducting multi tag searches in Springpad notebooks

If you are leveraging the tags in Springpad to organize your content, you may have found a feature has gone missing.  Due to the recent change in the system architecture, the ability to do an Advanced Search has been removed.  As a work around, you can do the following to perform complex searches and then save those searches for future reference.  I have only tried this on the web, and I know the save does not carry over to mobile, but it’s better than nothing.

Multi Tag Search

In the search box, enter the tags you are looking for in this format:

#tag1 #tag2

This will return any spring in the notebook that shares those two tags.  In situations when you have multi word tags, wrap the words in quotation marks like this:

#tag1 #”tag word2″

This works the same as just the tags but allows for multiple words.

Saving Searches

Springpad no longer offers a specific feature for saving advanced searches, but there’s no reason you can’t use a work around to accomplish the same thing.  Once you have run a search in a notebook and have your results, either bookmark the URL for the page or copy it and paste it into another note.  In either case, that new URL will now return a result page based on that search each time you use it, but it will contain the current notes at that time.