The problem I find with web apps — widgets, calendars, project management, and of that sort — is that in order to use them, I have to have them open in physically in my web browser in a separate tab. When you use a bunch of these, say Backpack, Remember the Milk, Pageflakes and Google Calendar, there is no way at all you can have so many tabs open. You want to use their functionality through something that doesn’t take up browser real estate. A desktop-based widget system can’t be it since there’ll always be a problem of decentralization, the phone is too personal and you don’t want to keep switching, so how about using Google Talk or AIM or MSN window that your friends are nagging you on all the time for some productive use? And that is exactly the idea of free and self-funded service IMified.
How It Works
IMified, like of the other note-taking apps I love Sabifoo has no signup process and a very minor web interface. The main functionality is in the, exactly what it’s meant for, IM. To signup, you simply add one of the IMified screennames to your preferred client (listed on the homepage). Once you see it online, just send it a message, wait for a couple minutes, and it’ll reply back saying that your signed up. Press M (for menu), and you’ll see a list of apps you are ‘subscribed’ to by default, which happen to IMified’s own reminder, note-taking and todo-list apps. Press the appropriate number to go into My Account and click on the web links, and there you can customize your IMified apps. It currently supports a whole bunch, including Moveabletype, Salesforce, WordPress, Backpack, Remember the Milk, Pageflakes and Google Calendar. While your at it, enter your timezone and e-mail address in the Settings page to make use of some of the other features. I’d like to say there’s more to it, but this is it, that’s IMified. And when you want to take an action just IM “m” and it’ll show you the menu options and follow it through.
There are very few tools I write about these days which I personally use, and I’m glad to say IMified is one of them. Even though it launched a couple months ago, there was no way I wasn’t going to write about this one since I know how handy it’ll come to some of the readers. IMified and tools as such to come are, in the end, what I think will make Web 2.0 apps as usable, practical and powerful as what we’ve been expecting. Now, with Google Talk, IMified and Google Calendar I’m much more organized, and I can’t see why this isn’t going to apply to so many other things we do on the web.