by JAM MAYER
A friend once told me, “When you find a new and shiny toy, you leave the old toy and focus your energies on the new one.” It is somewhat true. I do get excited and go on “experiment mode” when I find something new. Though I may leave the old toy and stash it along with the rest, the reason I still keep them is because you’ll never know when you’ll find something new to make the old toy even better.
This triggered me to start a list of my own discoveries on the net or even outside the realms of cyberspace. Some would be recommendations from colleagues and friends. Others would be pure research or a result of ads and constant surfing. Here is my first list for your consumption.
This is still considered new and only a few lucky ones have access to the tool. I am one of them. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and it has been a great experience. Everyone in the ProFora team has it and we get things done more quickly. What’s great is the documentation piece. Though you can try to edit a blip, everything is recorded once a wave has started.
I received 8 invites to give and it’s all gone. My colleague received 20! I’m waiting for the next “wave” of invites from my other Google Wave account. I think they stopped sending them at this point until they are ready to take the load again. For newbies, the complete guide is a great resource.
A simple and free web application by Paste Interactive is pleasenotify.me. It’s a reminder system for you or someone in your team to finish a task. Delegate and put a deadline by placing your email and the recipient’s. He will then receive a notice through email that a task needs to be done. A link is found within the body of the email for him to click on to trigger the process of it being completed.
Neat stuff but it looks impersonal. All I see is an email address telling me to do something. Not unless I know the person or have memorized their email, it looks odd.
Similar to pleasenotify.me, it is a web based reminder system but focuses on events as well. Sending a reminder that a birthday or anniversary is coming up is great to have. I would recommend this to men in general since they seem to forget important dates.
I’m still waiting for our alpha invite so I can’t give any feedback as of yet. But, the tool is promising. Both a viral engine and communications tool, it is a great application to add to your website or blog if you’d like to keep the conversation going within your organization or community. One can follow any conversation at a certain time as it shows the thread of a certain topic.
More on the next issue of New & Shiny Toy Discoveries. If you’ve found interesting applications that I should check out, let me know.Image courtesy of Andrea See