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New Nudgemail feature lets you email appointments into your calendar

NudgeMail is a great little service that lets you alert yourself to important tasks via email. A new feature extends this capability so that you can mail appointments directly into your calendar.

The service Nudgemail started with an ingenious little idea -- use pithy email alerts to remind yourself of important stuff. You do it by sending coded emails to its service that will then send you back an email alert at the time you specificed (here's more on how it works).

While most of us whine about email overload, email remains a universal platform that we all access constantly across various types of mobile devices and computers. That's why Nudgemail works. All you have to do to set up an alert is send an email. And, once you get the alert, it's easy to simply delete the alert message once you've read it and been activated to focus on the thing you needed to remember.

Now, the service is expanding its reach to include a new capability - email an entry into your calendar. You send a message like "Feb 1:Set up monthly conference call" or "Nextweek:Follow up with boss about 2011 goals" and NudgeMail converts it to a calendar entry. The new feature launched on Wednesday.

Essentially, this is just taking your reminders that you set up in NudgeMail and making them not just email alerts but also calendar entries. Unfortunately, it only works with Google Calendar and you can't actually manage or delete alerts from Google calendar itself. You can only view them. Nevertheless, this is a useful addition to a very useful little service, and NudgeMail promises that managing alerts from your calendar is coming soon. Hopefully, integration with Microsoft Outlook/Exchange is also coming soon, since that remains the most prevalent corporate calendaring system.

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7 comments
keithc
keithc

This does sound a lot like what GoodTodo (http://goodtodo.com/) has been doing for some time. I haven't used either, has anyone compared them?

TexasJetter
TexasJetter

With Exchange sync???d to my smart phone I can send/receive emails AND calendar events. I am guessing that this has more value for those who don???t have true smart phones like the current Android/iPhone with convenient interfaces. But if that were truly the case it would work from a text message, not an email??? maybe I should start that up :)

cokers417
cokers417

I just tried NudgeMail, but I'm having issues with it. For instance, I tried to set a reminder for Friday at 1:30pm. I can set an appoint for Friday, and I can set an appt for 1:30pm, but I can't do both at the same time. Maybe I'm making it too complicated. I like the concept, though.

mike
mike like.author.displayName 1 Like

What makes this better than the Tasks and Reminders already built in to Exchange? I get popup reminders of appointments on my smartphone and computer through Outlook from Exchange already...

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

If you're in a conference room or at a client meeting or away from the office, it's tough sometimes to MAKE appointments while you're on the go. The mobile software for calendaring isn't that great. If you're really busy, it's a lot easier to send an email using the NudgeMail shorthand. It can also take it no matter what kind of device you're sending from.

30otnix
30otnix

Google Calendar already has the option of sending you a reminder email. And if Google Calendar is required for this new function what makes it easier than just setting the appointment in the calendar itself?