Thursday, November 09, 2006


I use a lot of yellow sticky notes — traditionally I use them to take phone messages and then toss them out as soon as I return a call, do a task, etc.  Occasionally I find stickies on my desk with random bits of information, no clue as to when I wrote them, and with no idea if the stickies are actionable or very old (sometimes I can tell by whether or not the adhesive still sticks whether they are really old).  Other times I’ll leave something on sticky note on my desk and then need it when I’m somewhere else.

Based on all the stuff above, I was thrilled to start using Stikkit, which is a Web 2.0 version of digital sticky notes.  Here are some of the key features:

  • It’s hosted, so anywhere I can connect to the internet, I can get at my sticky notes.
  • Notes are archived, so I don’t have to worry about losing them.
  • Notes can be shared, which is pretty cool — I want to play around with having my receptionist use Stikkit to take phone messages for me.
  • Notes can be tagged to make it easier to find them.
  • Stikkit is ‘intelligent” and categorizes notes based on the information that is input — if I type in a name and a phone number, it catalogues it as an “individual” and if I type in a date and time, it classifies it as a calendar item.
  • There are nifty keyboard shortcuts that make it easy to navigate categories.
  • There’s a nifty landing page that summarizes calendar events.
  • Bookmarkelt with a clipping function for webpages.
  • RSS feed for my notes.

What’s missing?

  • Outlook/Google Calendar/Gmail contact integration — it would be nice if I could dump information that stikkit has collected into my PIM because all of my PIM information is not going to be in Stikkit.
  • Configuration/preferences — it would be nice to be able to change layouts, colors, etc., but not critical.
  • Time zone configuration — for some reason Stikkit thinks I’m creating and modifying things 18 hours prior to the actual time when I do things, which is strange.

Overall Stikkit is a strong product and will be added to my daily arsenal of web tools.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Ross,

I just came across your posting on Stikkit and thought I'd drop you a comment.

First and foremost, thanks for taking the time to run Stikkit through its paces.

You mentioned lack of Gcal/Outlook integration: you can indeed now export your events and to-dos using the "export" button on the top-right of the Stikkit pad in Calendar and To-Do List views.

As to your comment about the date/time being off, we did indeed have some bugs at first, since cleaned up and working beautifully.

If you're interested in more info on what we've changed since you wrote this post, please do take a gander at .