Build the Business of Your Dreams
By Brett Kelly, on Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
I spend a good deal of time in the car every day. Not as much as some, but it’s typically somewhere around 90 minutes round trip on a given work day. And being one of those people whose brain is pretty much always going, I tend to have many thoughts and ideas during that time. It’s easy for my mind to wander around during what amounts to 75% of my “alone time” and I obviously can’t be scrawling notes down whilst operating a motor vehicle. Enter Jott…
If you’ve never heard of it, whoa nelly are you in for a treat. Essentially, it uses your cell phone as a gateway to all manner of applications, websites and services. Some of the more notable mentions are your WordPress blog, Sandy (my secretary), Twitter and Remember the Milk – all accessible from your cell phone. Oh, and let’s not forget that you can import your entire address book and email/text virtually anybody directly from your phone. Intrigued?
Now, I have to be honest, the first time I tried Jott several months ago, I was skeptical. How well could a computer *really* understand what I was saying? Furthermore, would I be willing to phone something in to Jott and have it sent to 50 of my closest friends, hoping that they got “Meet me at the Phoenix Club in 30 minutes” instead of, perhaps, “Beat me in the larynx nub in 30 minutes”.
Well, after several test drives over the last few weeks, I’m a believer. Here are just a few of the tricks I’ve picked up along the way…
All this cool stuff aside, poking around the Jott site will introduce you to some pretty sweet stuff you probably didn’t know existed. For instance, in doing some research for this post, I happened upon a *very* cool service called Mosio. You call (using Jott) or email/text your question (like, any question, about anything) to Mosio and real people answer it. Definitely worth a look.
For those of you that enjoy the GTD and such, consider this as a way to limit your possible inputs. In other words, Jott just might allow you to look one less place for that random note you wrote on the back of the gas station receipt. You’re already checking and processing your email, so why not have your random thoughts/musings/ideas funneled through the same system?
So, if you have a cell phone, give Jott a try. Add some friends and start sending them random quotes from Tombstone or something – but give it a good once over. You won’t regret it.
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