Web-based and Text Message Reminder Applications

Free Web-based reminder applications can help you remember your important business tasks and events.

Aliza Sherman
July 31, 2008
Episode #014

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Hi there, The Digital Marketer here, ready to help you put the power of the Internet and technology to work for your business.

Do you have trouble remembering all the millions of things you have to do each day to operate your business? If you are like me, paper calendars and Post-It notes just aren't enough. Luckily, there are Web-based reminder sites to help.

I've tried many different reminder sites to help me keep track of meetings, conference calls and other tasks I have to do on certain times or days. These sites usually offer free services that are Web-based but they can interface with your e-mail and even your mobile phone or PDA using text messages.

Top Reminder Sites

Two popular reminder sites are Remember the Milk and I Want Sandy. Both have many features including integration with your mobile phone or device and even your Twitter microblogging account for those who use Twitter. While many people swear by these sites, I personally find the learning curve for using them a little too steep for me.

But don't avoid checking them out because I don't use them. That would be like not trying out a PC because I'm a Mac person and I tell you that I prefer Macs. Everybody is different. I encourage you to check them out for yourself.

My Reminder System

So what do I, Small Biz Tech Girl, use? I've been getting to know 30Boxes a lot better since I recently bought an iPod Touch with iCal, the calendar application. Also, I'm on a MacBook that has iCal so 30Boxes can synch up with both my desktop and handheld calendars. I like that the 30Boxes interface is a calendar. I enter events by double clicking on any date box or by typing in an event or task in the quick add field at the top of the calendar.

Then I can double click on any entry on any day and select "Reminder" and configure my 30Boxes settings to send a text message to my mobile phone or device 5, 15, 30 minutes or more before any given event. I personally prefer getting text messages as my reminders because the little alarms prompt me to focus in on the next task at hand.