Fetchnotes, The Twitter-Like Notes App, Just Got Smarter

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Fetchnotes, the Twitter-like note-taking app that employs @ usernames and # hashtags to keep your to-do lists organized, is releasing an updated version today that now connects the items you mention in your notes with their real-world counterparts. For example, when you tag things like #movies, #songs, #books, #read, or other common terms, Fetchnotes will go out and find the product mentioned and then add a link to the item into the app.

Here’s how it works: If you keep a list of books you want to read, Fetchnotes will pull in a link to the book’s page on Amazon.com. You can then tap the link to be taken to Amazon’s mobile website where you can buy the book, all from within Fetchnotes app. The same goes for anything hashtagged #groceries, which also pointed to products on Amazon.

The improved understanding of what your notes are about isn’t just limited to Amazon products, however. The new app also lets you preview the blog posts whose links you saved earlier, preview music on Spotify, or watch the YouTube videos you saved without having to leave the app. With all these functions, you’ll need the direct link to make the feature work.

The company says it’s starting with just a few categories: books, music, movies, groceries and links, and the integration will work with shared notes, too.

The app, with was rewritten using HTML5 this fall (via Trigger.io), has pushed its updates live in the App Store and Google Play. Fetchnotes competes with a plethora of note-takers, including behemoth Evernote, as well as newer startups like Clear and Any.do, among others. It has around 38,000 users who have taken 400,000 notes combined.