Setting Contexts

My new favorite company: values of n

Posted in I Want Sandy, Jott, Stikkit, Twitter by jquig99 on December 2, 2007

values of n

I love falling in love with a company. Someone that gets how to add value to my live and actually cares about integrating into my workflow. 37Signals is one of those companies (and is the bar that everyone is measured against) and now I’ve found values of n.

Values of n is based out of Oregon and has two (at least today) products – Stikkit and I Want Sandy.

Stikkit, “little yellow notes that think”, turns the traditional sticky note on it’s head. You can use Stikkit to:

Plan a Meeting
Share/Comment on Ideas
Plan a Trip

This is the jumping-off point to adapt Stikkit to your own workflow. Stikkit gives support through it’s forums

Values of n’s other product is an online personal assistant, I Want Sandy. Sandy keeps you organized through your email, text messages and integrating into existing workflows and programs such as Twitter and Jott.

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I’ve been using Sandy for over a week and it’s just been really easy to adapt into my everyday system. I can use the website, call Jott or email any to-dos, appointments, notes as well as add contacts and bookmarks.

It’s a lot of fun, too!

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Jott: How to GTD through your Phone

Posted in 30Boxes, GTD, Jaiku, Jott, nano-blogging, productivity, Social Networking, Twitter by jquig99 on September 4, 2007

Talk about GTD – Jott is a service that you can call in todos, reminders and more, as well as organizing them online.

I’ve been trying to incorporate Jott into my routine for the last couple of weeks (with less success than I’d like – my fault). But I have a feeling that’s all in the past.

New Features: (from the website)

Jott Links: Now you can update your blog, Twitter™, add to your 30 boxes™ to do list or send a message through Yahoo Groups™ – all with Jott! For example, when Jott asks you “Who do want to Jott” just say “Twitter”, speak your message and your update will appear in text on Twitter.

Twitter™, Jaiku™, Zillow™, 30 boxes™, Blogger™, Word Press™, Live Journal™, TypePad™ and Yahoo Groups™ are all accessible with Jott.

Jott Folders: With Jott Folders you create preset categories for your Jotts to self. Set up folders for family, expenses, to-do list, or anything that you want. Then simply say the name of the folder the next time you leave a Jott and it’ll be waiting for you in that folder at Jott.com.

Jott Reminders: With the new Jott Reminders, Jott can remind you of important events 15 minutes before they start. Just say “Reminder” and Jott will ask you for the date, time, and subject. Now you can stop worrying about remembering those important appointments in your busy life.

Profiles: Want to personalize your Jotts? Just create a profile to add your customized signature to the end of every Jott. You can include your name, picture, e-mail, title, and more.

Status alerts: Now you can update your mood on your blog, personal home page or other sites. Say “status” when asked “Who do you want to Jott?” and say how you feel that day. Your status will then be posted to the Jott flash widget wherever you put it.

There’s also a Jott Lab with new fun widgets and desktop apps.

This looks like it just got a whole lot easier to integrate into my system/routine (and a whole lot more fun!).

New blog…Social Days

Posted in Blogroll, productivity, Social Days, Social Networking, Twitter by jquig99 on July 23, 2007

I’ve decided that I’m posting about Twitter and Social Networking here too frequently, which is not really what this blog was created for. So I started Social Days, which will discuss my social networking experience. Setting Contexts will continue to focus on David Allen’s GTD system and my evolving adaption of it (as well as the tools that contribute to my system).

Anyway – how productive is Social Networking, anyway?

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Epicenter – Wired Blogs

Posted in Jaiku, lifestreaming, nano-blogging, Pownce, Twitter by jquig99 on July 18, 2007

Epicenter – Wired Blogs: “”

Battle Of The Micro-Bloggers: Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce
(w/a graph!)

(Via Wired.com.)

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Networks Try ‘Twittering’ To Spread Their Message – WSJ.com

Posted in Twitter by jquig99 on July 16, 2007

Networks Try ‘Twittering’ To Spread Their Message – WSJ.com:
“TV networks are all a-Twitter about the latest marketing play for their new TV shows.”

(Via WSJ.com.)

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Yep I Drank the Kool-Aid!!

Posted in 37signals, Apple, applications, iPhone, Software, Ta-Da, Twitter by jquig99 on July 15, 2007

I bought an 8G iPhone on the first available weekend. For weeks before I was saying I was going to wait – and yet, Saturday morning I’m in (and out) of Apple Soho in 10 minutes with my shiny new gadget and case.

Impressions after two weeks – it’s exceeded all my expectations. My Twitter feed that first weekend was full of hyberbole (even from usual low-key developers) but it really lived up to the hype.
– It’s easy to navigate with the touch screen (the “Calamari” commercial is a real-time example)
– Developers (especially after iPhoneDevCamp) have been churning out new apps
– The iPod sound is so clear, a definite step ahead
– The Text Feature is fun (looks like iChat bubbles) and I’m using it so much more than previously
– The Web app (Safari) turns horizontally and vertically (I really like the the keyboard input while on it’s side)
– While the keyboard was a little challenging at first, I was a pro after just a couple of days.
– The battery life (I have heard others have had issues) has been great. I turn off the Wifi when I’m not using it as I think the sniffer uses a lot of power
– I have a lot of email accounts and all are now on (except work, I need help from my Network guys on that)

Favorite Applications (so far) –
Mockdock (an online dock for iPhone apps)
PocketTweets (Twitter on the iPhone)
gOffice (Microsoft Office for iPhone)
Meebo (Chat client that includes AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, etc.)
Ta-Da (37Signals Ta-Da – to do list maker)

Resources –
Top 25 Web Apps for iPhone (Rev2.org)
iPhone Appr
iPhoneDevCampsApps(BarCamp.org)
Macenstein.com’s test for dead pixels
iPhone Typing Test
Simple Spark

Acknowledgements –
These resources and applications have been gathered from a number of places, including my Twitter feed, Pownce, Daring Fireball, The Macalope, Scobleizer, TUAW, and probably more.

Thanks to everyone who shares resources/apps/etc!

I am slowly incorporating the iPhone into my GTD system – more as it becomes ingrained.

Clive Thompson on How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense

Posted in Twitter by jquig99 on July 11, 2007

Clive Thompson on How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense: ”

WIRED MAGAZINE: ISSUE 15.07
TECH BIZ  :  MEDIA  
Clive Thompson on How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense
Clive Thompson 06.26.07 | 2:00 AM

Illustration by W. B. Jones
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Twitter is the app that everyone loves to hate. Odds are you’ve noticed people — probably much younger than you — manically using Twitter, a tool that lets you post brief updates about your everyday thoughts and activities to the Web via browser, cell phone, or IM. The messages are limited to 140 characters, so they lean toward pithy, haiku-like utterances. When I dropped by the main Twitter page, people had posted notes like ‘Doing lunch and picking up father-in-law from senior center.’ Or ‘Checking out Ghost Whisperer’ or simply ‘Thinking I’m old.’ (Most users are between 18 and 27.)
It might seem like blogging taken to a supremely banal extreme. Productivity guru Tim Ferriss calls Twitter ‘pointless email on steroids.’ One Si”

(Via Twitter Blog.)

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All Things :: Twitter & Taking Info Overload Seriously :: June :: 2007

Posted in GTD, Twitter by jquig99 on June 16, 2007

All Things :: Twitter & Taking Info Overload Seriously :: June :: 2007: “”

Twitter & Taking Info Overload Seriously. New tools like Twitter & GTD apps needed to cope.

(Via All Things and Gordon Vaughan)

The Twitterization of Blogs

Posted in Twitter by jquig99 on June 4, 2007

The Twitterization of Blogs: “”

“The success of messaging service Twitter, which allows bloggers to use their cell phones to post quick updates, is inspiring similar services from rivals including startup Six Apart…”

(Via Business Week.)

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37signals Product Blog: Twitter, Campfire, and the power of persistent real-time chat amoung groups

Posted in 37signals, Twitter by jquig99 on May 31, 2007

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