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We’ve all been on one side or another of one of those damn boomerang task emails: you know, the one where someone wants you to do X and then emails bounce back and forth, back and forth as you (or they) work. TaskAnyone has a new […]

We’ve all been on one side or another of one of those damn boomerang task emails: you know, the one where someone wants you to do X and then emails bounce back and forth, back and forth as you (or they) work. TaskAnyone has a new take on this – one that takes away a lot of the hassle.

With TaskAnyone, you create tasks for other people to do which are emailed to them – they don’t sign up or pay for the service. They get the email, and click links to accept, decline, update or complete that task. You see the status of all the tasks you’ve farmed out – and TaskAnyone reminds them until that accepted task is done.


The beauty of TaskAnyone is that it doesn’t require more time or complexity than needed to delegate and track those tasks. As the taskmaster, you can reorder priorities, filter open tasks in a variety of ways send out alerts and notifications. TaskAnyone keeps after people. As one of those people being kept after, it removes the sting from emails with subjects like, “Are you done yet?”, “Your project is a week late!” and the ever-popular “Status?!?”

I talked to Peter Forth, who’s building on past entrepreneurial successes and now lives the good microISV life on the Caribbean on the island of Barbados (current temperature, 82 degrees and just a bit of cloud) about TaskAnyone. Who’s using TaskAnyone? “Single users – Consultants, accountants, lawyers and small business owners (including Micro ISVs),” he emailed back. “This class of user tends to use TaskAnyone to manage their transactions with a variety of external businesses with whom they need to interact with on a daily basis. Of course they use the system to manage their own personal tasks as well.”

TaskAnyone is $17.99 a month for a single user, although they are running a Winter Sale right now of $9.99 for all of us not working from Caribbean islands. They also have fairly steep group/company discounts.

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By Bob Walsh

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  1. Marcin Grodzicki Tuesday, March 18, 2008

    This can be really usefull in non-tech environments, whare you can’t expect everyone to learn new service every week. However, I’m not sure whether having another app just for delegating taks is what I really need – it would be a lot better if I could have this functionality in Remember The Milk for instance (or Google Callendar, if it had tasks).

  2. I can see the utility of such a thing for someone like myself, who is a solo sustainable business consultant, and will likely have many one off (or irregular) collaborations with others in my network. I use Daylite for my own business, and can’t expect everybody else I work with to also. So this could be a helpful add on.

    But yes, $18 a month sounds a mite steep for what sounds like a narrow band of use. I’ll have a look, perhaps they’ll convince me otherwise.

  3. Seems kind of pricey for what it does, unless I’m just not getting it.

  4. There is a free online Facebook application that allows you to work on projects and assign tasks to others – apps.facebook.com/ontrack

  5. “$18 a month sounds a mite steep”… if you purchase now you can lock in your rate at only $10 per month (our winter sale value)–once you’ve locked in, your price doesn’t go back up again.

  6. The challenge with web only applications is that you need to be online and either have the application perpetually open or check it regularly. ActionThis is a similar solution that works the way you do: it has an easy to use web front end so you – and your team members – can access it anywhere, while a Microsoft Outlook client that lets you process tasks alongside your email messages, so you don’t have to check multiple locations. And it’s only $10 per person, per month, with a free trial. Have a look at http://www.actionthis.com.

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