My friend, Jeremy Toeman, sent me his latest project, NudgeMail to review. I have to admit that the first conversation was a bit tricky, because I kept misunderstanding how it worked. The thing that kept hanging me up: it’s too simple. Whenever you find yourself saying this, immediately stop what you’re doing and realize that you’re on to something cool. “Too simple” means that there’s some facility and usefulness cleverly hidden behind your ability to comprehend (think: Flip video camera).
Nudgemail is an email reminder system. There’s nothing to install. Simply, you lob an email to an address @nudgemail.com, and it spits back whatever you sent it on whatever date and time you ask for it. So, if I want to remind myself to send Dan Zarrella a quote for his new book, I just enter “firstname.lastname@example.org” and the system sends me an email on Thursday. If I want to get something back on a specific date, I enter the full date @nudgemail.com. If I want something commonsense, like “noon,” I enter “email@example.com.”
I can even do “nextweek@ , nextmonth@, nextyear@” which is pretty nifty, eh?
Getting Things Done
One way that Nudgemail is helping me is that I can remind myself of things that need follow-up, and thus delete or archive the email that I *was* using as a primitive method of reminder. For instance, I had a mail sitting in my box to remind me that I wanted to bother Tom Peters about something, and now, I can just nudge myself.
In fact, on a scan of the 54 messages currently stuck in a “holding pattern” in my inbox, about 44 of them can be archived and turned into nudges.
You Don’t Need An Account
You’re already a user. Just email whatever you want to try at nudgemail.com , and you’ll get something back. Need help? email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pretty cool app, I’d say.
Why I Reviewed It
Reason 1 is that I’m friends with Jeremy Toeman, and he’s done some cool stuff, like with Bug Labs, for instance. Reason 2 is that this solves a problem I’m having, and whenever I’m having a problem, I imagine that you might need a similar solution. Reason 3 is that I needed a blog post for this afternoon. ; )
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