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Re: [O] ThoughtBack

From: John Hendy
Subject: Re: [O] ThoughtBack
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:11:05 -0500

On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 8:00 AM, Memnon Anon
<address@hidden> wrote:
> John Hendy <address@hidden> writes:
> > On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 11:11 AM, Bastien <address@hidden> wrote:
> [...]
> >> Or did I miss something?
> >
> > Don't think so. Googling produces little, either.
> [...]
> > So... looks like notes + some other feature set that's unexplained?
> I found some stuff, e.g.:
> http://vimeo.com/16594128 [which I did not check]
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k4CXVFcgDg [which I just watched]
> http://www.facebook.com/thoughtback
> But I wholeheartedly do *not* recommend it:

I agree and think that vimeo 1min video makes it look fairly stupid,
at least to me.

> ,----[ https://thoughtback.com/ ]
> | Put Something In
> |
> | Enter something in that you find important. Do it through your iPhone, Mac, 
> or Browser.
> |
> | Get Something Back
> |
> ! We store it and then randomly send you back something from the past. 
> Keeping your brain flowing.
> | ^^^^^^^^^^^
> `----
> Who would want to keep his data, especially when it is easily and
> quickly captured (to use org terminology) - i.e. probably some very
> personal stuff - to be saved "in the cloud"?
> I did no serious investigation on this, please correct me if I am
> wrong, I don't want to spread FUD about a new project!

Well, my take is about what one might want to get back. Regardless of
what it is, I think there are better ways.
- if it's learning material... use something proven to work like
spaced repetition methods/software (anki, mnemosyne, etc.)
- if it's GTD stuff, isn't that what calendaring (deadlines,
scheduling) is for? I wouldn't want important stuff coming back
- I *could* see the point with inspirational messages or something,
but think that spaced repetition could do that just as well

I guess I'm just not sold on what, exactly, makes it useful except for
being a bit new/different and perhaps allowing interaction via the
web/mobile devices.


> Memnon

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