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Company: Rememberthemilk
Launched: October 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia

RememberTheMilk is a new ajax-rich to-do list that is similar to 37 Signal’s Ta-Da Lists.

RememberTheMilk lists are organized by tabs. Items are easily entered (although there is an extra click in there that bugs me). Clicking between lists is very straightforward. Items can be easily reordered. And you can also share lists and/or choose to make them public.

One thing RememberTheMilk does very well is to allow lots of metadata to be associated with a single task. Priorities can be set with a nice color-coded system, and there is flexibility in setting done-by dates. You can also add notes to a task.

A really nice feature is the ability to add tasks via email.

Reminders can be sent via email, instant messaging or sms. You can also subscribe to lists via RSS.

Overall, using RememberTheMilk is a much richer experience than Ta-Da Lists. Setting date reminders is particularly useful. However, there is a definite tradeoff in ease-of-use. Using Ta-Da Lists require no training, while I seem to be referring to the RememberTheMilk FAQs constantly to understand functionality.

RememberTheMilk was created by Emily Boyd, Omar Kilani and a stuffed animal named Bob T. Monkey (I prefer live mascots myself). :-)

  • Eck

    Get a personal blog, man :-(

  • http://blog.stealthmode.com francine hardaway

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  • http://www.cleverzebra.com/people/nick Nick W

    This obsession with Twitter, a service for a tiny minority of techno-social-snobs is becoming tiresome.

    Outside of the breathless techno-social bubble real people neither know nor care nor have time for such things.

  • http://www.multiblah.com Kevin Cannon

    Email, Twitter & IM are completely different mediums. There may be a tiny overlap, but really what you’re saying makes no sense. You’re looking at it from a technology POV, not a communication POV, and that’s never going to work.

    IM is a real-time conversation with someone, like having a chat over coffee.
    Email is a non real-time communication like sending a letter or fax.
    Twitter is like being an obnoxious loud guy at a party.

    As Nick said, unless you spend all your life online, the communication methods really are very distinct.

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  • http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/ Karoli

    There must be some kind of disconnect between IT readers and communicators. Oh wait, there *IS*. There must be, now that I’m recalling my most recent encounter with my own IT department over something as simple as wanting the ability to communicate directly with someone instead of filing a “ticket”.

    But let me see if I can understand Kevin Cannon’s comment above anyway, where he argues that Email, Twitter and IM are completely different mediums.

    Of course they’re not. They’re all identical. They all move across the network according to different protocols, perhaps (but not certainly), but they are all exactly the same thing: methods of communicating with one or more people on the network.

    The question this post addresses is basic: Which method is the most effective use of time and attention?

    If you understand Twitter and related Twitteresque services, then you start to understand the power they present in terms of measuring and garnering attention on the network. This is not just a parrot of what Steve writes here and elsewhere — I see it in action every single day.

    I’m having difficulty understanding how so-called network/IT professionals don’t see it when it’s as plain as the tweet on the stream.

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  • http://www.techticles.com Milo

    I had the impression that this blog is enterprise themed. I cannot understand how Twitter fits into the picture. Most of the large enterprises that have 50k employees or more even block IMs. Not only large enterprises but medium-large accounting and banking firms also do this. Twitter? I don’t think so.

    IMs? Who among employees would want to get IM’d for work? Staff would rather be invisible in IM. Employees prefer email, it gives them their own space and time and respond appropriately to colleagues.

  • http://devinjection.blogspot.com/ Zachary Poley

    I feel the same way a lot, like why the fascination with twitter and just in general – who cares. The thing is, it’s not that these are just interesting sites and technologies that are being built around communication, but these services and thought processes are the future of communication. Of course not everyone understands this right now, but this is the breeding ground for the next generation of communication. Let’s toss that in the pipe :)

  • http://devinjection.blogspot.com/ Zachary Poley

    It’s the broader perspective.

  • http://www.techticles.com Milo

    Karoli — tickets are in place when a good organization has a good process and well defined service level agreements. The last thing an IT department want is chaos among its internal clients, tweeting them with the problems.

    I have architected solutions on both small and large enterprises, and the far better bottomline goes to the organization that has done an excellent job on its SLA and processes; not to mention the lower percentage of attrition rate of its employees.

  • http://www.drumsnwhistles.com/ Karoli

    Why is twitter important to enterprise? really? Forget IM, forget SMS, forget all of it.

    Think outside the firewall. Is there a better way for an enterprise to track trends, buzz, responses? Have you ever been tasked with building a database around internal/external initiatives for expansion and development? Responses to issues?

    GMail goes down today, more or less globally, and it’s instantly known across the entire universe of those on Twitter. Gosh, what if Google were using that stream to monitor the genesis of the failure by the first message reporting it? Without having to sort through the sixteen million support tickets flooding into them on a second-by-second basis.

    If you take Twitter the current service out of your thinking and consider the architecture (I can’t believe I’m telling YOU guys this stuff), what Steve writes makes perfect sense. Really.

    Is it an IT concern? Yes.

  • Jimmy

    no more twitter, please

  • http://www.epaperchase.com More Cowbell and the Art of Shin She

    I tried Twitter because I was curious. It was cute and for someone like Guy Kawasaki with many adoring fans, I’m sure people would love to be able to find out what they’re doing at that present moment; however, I’m pretty sure this is a trollpost.

    Organizations embrace Twitter? Not. Don’t forget SOX. Don’t forget auditability and accountability. There is no corporate rhythm Twitter can adapt to; except some of the @ functions might be attractive for abbreviations. No wait, that was Visicalc, 123, then Excel.

  • ???

    Could someone please provide a short, concise example of how Twitter is useful to anyone other than teenagers and uber-bloggers? I fail to see how this is even remotely useful to the rest of the world.

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