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In an obvious nod to Twitter’s signature question “what are you doing?,” the new free service PingMe asks “what should you be doing?” instead. The answer, apparently, is anything that you care to remind yourself to do. Like Twitter, PingMe offers mobile phone integration, but with […]

PingMe logoIn an obvious nod to Twitter’s signature question “what are you doing?,” the new free service PingMe asks “what should you be doing?” instead. The answer, apparently, is anything that you care to remind yourself to do. Like Twitter, PingMe offers mobile phone integration, but with a slightly different twist: you enter messages for yourself, rather than for the world, and tell PingMe when and where to deliver them back to you.

After a relatively simple confirmed signup process, PingMe presents you with an interface that allows you to create a ping, add targets, or add contacts. A ping is a reminder to yourself – anything from “buy milk” to “put on snow tires” with a date and time attached. You can create one-time pings, recurring pings, or even “pestering pings” that recur frequently (up to every ten minutes) until you turn them off. By default, your account will have your email and mobile phones as targets, but you can add more targets easily if you have, for example, multiple emails where you want pings delivered. Any given ping can be scheduled to hit any set of your targets.

When a ping arrives, you can interact with the service by sending messages back to PingMe. Send “ok” to turn a pestering ping off, or “2 h” to tell it to stop pestering you for two hours. You can also create new pings by email.  Pings can be archived and tagged as well, so you can use PingMe as a persistent record of tasks if you like.

There’s also a social aspect here: you can invite another PingMe user (or indeed, anyone with an e-mail address) to become one of your contacts. If they accept, then you can schedule pings for each other. This gives you a way to set up group reminders for meetings, events, parties, or whatever else you can thing of that might need group nagging.

All in all, PingMe looks quite useful for the dedicated mobile worker who wants to manage an active task list without needing to constantly run to the laptop. The easy email management and flexible targeting are definitely useful, and the price is certainly right.

  1. Sounds like a great app. Seems like Backpackit reminders with a social aspect to it.

  2. Reminders: Set up quick SMS reminders with PingMe · TechBlogger Tuesday, August 14, 2007

    [...] Web site PingMe operates under a simple concept: You tell it what you need to be doing and when, it pings you when that time comes, reminding you of your task. You can add events to PingMe through the web interface, email, or SMS, and your pings can be organized using tags. Your pings are sent out via email and/or SMS. PingMe makes an obvious allusion to Twitter with its tagline, “What should you be doing?” Of course, you can already set reminders with Twitter (and a whole lot more), but if you want a more robust yet decidedly Twitter-like solution, PingMe has promise. Then again, when it comes to SMS reminders and scheduling, it doesn’t get much better than Google Calendar’s SMS integration. PingMe [via Web Worker Daily] [...]

  3. How does this differ from Google Calendar? It “pings” you as well. even sending text messages to your cell phone, gtalk, and email. plus, you can share you calendar with others. So how does this differ?

  4. Sam Krehnbrink’s Blog » Blog Archive » PingMe Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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  5. It looks like they are using the free email to SMS gateways. There is no guarantee the text messages will get through, and you need to be able to send an SMS to an email address to be able to set reminders from your phone. Our testing has shown that with Verizon, only 70% of the email to sms messages make it to the phone. Not what you want for reminders.

    Also, my startup email said I need to send my pings to likens45layouts@gopingme.com. I’m going to type that into my phone? If they were using real SMS this would not be needed because they would know my phone number and would be able to identify my incoming pings.

    A great idea, but they should have taken it to the next level. Get a short code, or get on a shared short code.

  6. Why not just set an alarm clock and remember what your supposed to do? Or if you have a decent phone, set a calendar reminder?

    I really don’t see how this is innovative at all.. useful, sure, but hardly innovative enough to use over a regular alarm clock.

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  8. Business Hacks on BNET Friday, August 17, 2007

    [...] Admittedly, you can accomplish more or less the same thing with Google Calendar, Remember The Milk, and similar services, but I like PingMe because it’s designed expressly for the purpose of reminding you to do stuff. It’s free and easy to use, and it could save your neck. [via Web Worker Daily] [...]

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