Free, Useful Things, Websites by Richard

Jott is one of the most useful web apps that I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. It’s based around a common problem people have: not being able to get ideas down right when they want to. Normally, when you have a thought that you want to remember, you jot it down somewhere where you hopefully won’t forget it.. usually on a sticky note that you lose within 5 minutes. To solve this problem, many of us use PDAs or smartphones… but a lot of the time, it takes too long to type out what you want to recall. Knowing this, smartphone manufacturers have begun including voice recording programs with them, so that with the press of a button, you can record a note to yourself.

Jott is the next step in the evolution of the sticky note and voice recorder. It’s dead simple. All you’ve got to do is register for an account (takes a minute or two) and then, whenever you’d like to leave yourself a note you call their phone number, leave yourself a message up to 30 seconds long, and it is transcribed and emailed to you in a matter of minutes along with a link to listen to your original message. In my limited testing today, I found that the service was pretty accurate as far as transcription goes, and the transcription came back pretty quickly. I like it!


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i’ve been using this for a few weeks now, and it’s great! The only thing is i’ve found the transcription service to be pretty iffy … i guess it depends on who’s manning the phone when you call in. there is a rating system however that lets you give feedback on message quality, so hopefully they get better.

One thing you don’t mention, you can not only jott yourself, but other names/addresses too. because of the transcription problems I don’t use it to actually send anyone else, but I do have a ‘vitalist’ contact set up so that jotts will go directly to my GTD inbox for later categorization. This is absolutely brilliant and saves me 2 steps on getting things from inbox – next action!

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