We've been busy these past couple weeks with some improvements. You may have already noticed some of them. Here are the highlights!
Scheduling followups for yourself is great. But being able to quickly set followup reminders for others can mean huge productivity gains.
And so, we've decided it was time to make some improvements to how the 'cc' feature works.
Who says email makes a bad to-do list? ...or a bad project management system?
Email is still the fastest way to delegate a task. It may not work quite as well as a project project management system or to-do list. But it's fast, it works, it's mobile and, hey, you were already in your email, so why not fire off that simple request.
The problem is that once you hit 'send', there is no way of tracking whether it gets done! Unless, of course, you enter it in your calendar, project management system, to-do list, or [insert overly-complex external system here].
Now, tracking email-delegated tasks can be done within seconds
Last month, while none of us we're looking, we passed 1,000,000 followups scheduled. Just writing that sounds crazy. When Reilly and I first built FollowUpThen, we had no idea it'd have such an impact.
While it was rewarding building something for ourselves that we loved using, the real reward is hearing from our users how much they love it.
To every one of you who has taken the time out of your day to provide feedback, report a bug or just give us a simple thumbs up, thank you. Seriously, your feedback, comments and questions have been invaluable.
Yes, an iPad 3. Retina display. 4G network. Blazing fast speeds. And yours for free!
So how does this work?
This contest was inspired by a fish – by the name of Nerry. He gets fed every night because of a FollowUpThen SMS reminder sent to my phone...and only because
of a FollowUpThen reminder. Yes, this little guy owes his life to FollowUpThen.
UPDATE – May 28th, 2014: Evernote has since add their own simple reminder system. FollowUpThen, however, gives you far more flexibility on your note reminders. For example, schedule recurring reminders on Evernote notes, SMS reminders for urgent matters task reminders when you need to make sure something gets done regarding a note, and viewing these reminders on a calendar so you can plan ahead. This an old hack but still one our most popular!
Many of our users are no strangers to Evernote.
As the iconic elephant in their logo suggests, the system acts as an extension of your memory – allowing you to photograph receipts, take pictures of documents, jot down meeting notes complete with geo-coordinates and more.
However, there is a shortcoming with Evernote: while it can store and "remember" everything, it cannot actually remind you of important notes.
How is this news, you might be asking? Don't all web services have logins? Well, if you've used FollowUpThen before, you might be aware that we never ask you to set up a password. Instead, to access your account, you had to enter your email address, then receive an email with a temporary secure access link. This worked well for awhile, but we felt it was time to grow up and join the rest of the internet with a standard username/password system so you can quickly access your account.
The first time you attempt to login, you'll be prompted to set your password. After that, accessing your followups and account settings should be much easier.
Thanks to all of you who clamored for this feature.
Many more updates to come soon.
Now what are you waiting for, login to your account!
We have been busy working on some "plumbing" to allow us to develop features
more quickly and efficiently. For the latest updates, check out our twitter
account @followupthen. This blog is reserved for longer
descriptions of things and special news – like maybe
getting written up in the New York Times or something : )
Thanks, by the way, to our users for that. I know that one (or more) of you tipped them off!
As you may have noticed from the shiny, newly designed followups in your inbox, the new version of FollowUpThen is now live!
While much has changed that you can see, there is just as much new that you can't see. These new "under the hood" enhancements
set the groundwork for us to make quicker and more efficient progress moving forward. It also fixed various bugs and improved general system
stability. In other words, we now have a solid foundation : )
Here are the highlights from our most recent updates:
We are on the verge of releasing our biggest update to FollowUpThen to date! Before doing so, we wanted to give you an idea of some of things we have in store.
New Followup Design
We've decided to clean up our followup message. After a year of use it seemed like a good time for a design refresh, both for style and function purposes.
We spent a lot of time working to get things just right. We did our best to limit the vertical space the reminder takes up. As you can see, we've removed the large post-it note in place of a smaller Reminder stamp. The new followup message is also a lot more readable and can be easily skimmed for the most important data about the message.