My think stack consists of various types of tools which I use to make my life easier when it comes to information capture. Ideally, all our online scavenging should culminate into something tangible.
I consume these four layers of information on a regular basis.
- Youtube Videos
- Online articles
- Existing notes on various topics
- Twitter tweets/threads
Here's how I have manage my funnel —
Clarity Notes for Youtube Videos
Youtube note-taking is a pain-in-the-ass. You need to pause the video, process what was told, move on to a different tab, take notes, move back to the original tab and play the video again.
The level of context switching was driving me crazy, so much that I decided to build an app that could solve my own problem. Along with Abu, a developer friend of mine, we built Clarity notes that helps in frictionless Youtube note taking.
Command for Online Articles
While casually browsing across articles, I might occasionally find a snippet or a quote that I would like to pull and use it later in my essays. To make this possible, I use the Command Browser to annotate my online reading.
Snipd for Podcast Transcripts
I normally listen to podcasts while I'm doing something else. It could either be gymming or cooking. While I listen to the podcast, there might be something interesting I resonate with and would want to immediately extract. I use Snipd which provides automatic AI-transcripts in real-time to the podcasts I listen to. I can snip them easily and keep them handy.
Otter.ai for Meeting Notes
Most of my ideas originate in a coffee table conversation with some good friends. To not miss out on those interesting ideas that just emerge automatically, I use the Otter.ai app on my phone to transcript the magical moments of the conversation. It also has 600 free minutes per month in the free plan (which is great!)
Initially, I used to save all the important ideas from Twitter to the bookmarks folder. It gave me a sense of having collected something, but resurfacing such bookmarks was proving to be a difficult task.
With the readwise integrations, it was possible to import twitter threads and tweets into my note-taking application without much friction.
Readwise, glue everything
Readwise serves as a glue which brings everything together.
All my notes, transcripts, anecdotes and annotations from various corners of the internet are properly funneled by means of Readwise.
Readwise is this magical internet glue.
All my Youtube notes stored on Clarity notes. All my Snipd transcripts of Podcasts. All my Twitter bookmarks. All my article anecdotes.
They are all funneled into my note taking software — Roam Research. This completes the information capture process of various types of media — images, videos, articles, podcasts.