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To Jott or Not To Jott

In my efforts to actually get off my ass and get things done, the Remember the Milk (RTM) to-do list software has been a life saver. Two weeks ago I decided to try out a bunch of 3rd party extensions to RTM like Jott.

Jott is a speech to text service. You call up a phone number, say something, and what you say will be emailed back to you (along with the voice message), send to a contact, or send to another service like Twitter or Remember the Milk.

My first experience testing the RTM integration blew my mind. I could call the number and say “job interview tomorrow at 9am” and it would show up in my Remember the Milk todo list as “job interview” with the due date set as tomorrow at 9am.


But all good things must come to an end, and after less than a week of trying out the free service (that admittedly, had been around for over a year before I tried it) Jott switched to a pay service. You can still record 15 second voice mails for free, but to get the Remember the Milk intergration will cost $4 a month (well, $3 a month if you were using the service while it was in beta).

Is it worth $40 to $50 a year worth it to be able to Jott my to-do list to Remember the Milk?

Judging by the way my girlfriend rolls her eyes every time I try to Jott something, the answer is no. When you add to the fact that I’m likely paying airtime fees when I Jott from my cellphone [1], then we’re talking around $150 a year for a service that isn’t even my main to-do list application.

It might be my cellphones fault, but often Jott would have trouble understanding me. Having to prefix my messages with “me” or “remember the milk” gets old fast when I have to say “remember the milk” five times before I can start recording. Why can we set up a speed dial hotkey for services so we can hit a number instead of saying a name?

One of my non-tech friends summed it up well when I tried to explain Jott to him over breakfast: “isn’t that something you can just do with an app running on your cellphone?” Yeah, or with a pen and a piece of paper.

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  1. Frank said, on August 28, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Yeah, not so much…Totally NOT worth it.

  2. Lord Byron said, on August 28, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Glad to see you back in action.A lot of technology for a simple TO Do list:-)

  3. Wendy said, on August 29, 2008 at 5:55 am

    I was a huge Jott fan – even integrated it with my I Want Sandy. But with a pricetag attached, I find myself with a pad of paper. Maybe it’s not so bad. I tried Jotting Sandy (IWS) and she emails me and reminds me – so that is free still (no direct email to me from Jott). Hey, maybe you could Jott Sandy to tell RTM to list something for you!

  4. FameWolf said, on September 09, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Try “dial2do” which is still free and allows you to setup contacts…if remember the milk has an email address you can probably use dial2do to send it an email. dial2do will do “reminder”, “email” or “text” to whomeever you setup….

    A cludgy workaround in jott to send things to contacts is to setup a gmail filter for something like “remember the milk” and make that the first words in your jott….the filter could forward the reminder wherever you needed….

  5. Domek said, on October 12, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Well, haven’t tried any of listed above software yet. I stick to simple FoxNotes and a piece of paper. Works like a charm every time.


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  7. automotive jacks said, on March 14, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I have to say, that I could not agree with you in 100%, but it’s just my IMHO, which could be very wrong.
    p.s. You have an awesome template . Where did you find it?

  8. Jammer said, on March 28, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Yeah, not so much…Totally NOT worth it.

  9. sinyal said, on March 28, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Well, haven’t tried any of listed above software yet. I stick to simple FoxNotes and a piece of paper. Works like a charm every time.

  10. jammer said, on April 07, 2009 at 12:21 pm


  11. Валерий said, on May 03, 2009 at 12:31 am

    И всё чтоли ? Я думал больше будет написано. Ждём продолжения !

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