Personal reminder services via email, text messaging and computer software seem to be popping up all over the internet. While they must certainly be helpful for the forgetful, are they really necessary when basic technologies, like cell phones and computer applications already offer structured calendars and reminders? Maybe you think they are, and if you are someone who likes the feel of a personal assistant without the need for socialization and a hefty paycheck, read on; these businesses might be able to help you out.
Basic reminder services focus on making sure that the frazzled and busy don't forget birthdays, anniversaries, soccer games, events, or important business affairs like meetings or looming deadlines. Some services charge and others offer free reminders through email, with extra fees for text messaging. Jabrasco is a reminder service that focuses upon goal-oriented memory aids relating to health, career and life in addition to the basics.
Reminder focused companies, like Memo To Me; the number one business of its type online, or Jabrasco lack the bells and whistles in concept or presentation (the website is mundane at best), but they get the job done for those who need to rely on more than their Blackberries or Microsoft Outlook Calendars.
Never Forget Personal Reminder Service is another one that is different in that it comes in the form of software that you purchase and manage yourself on your desktop. While the brightly colored reminder icons and side bar reminder list could be seen as positive features, for $38.50 CDN, you might be better off sticking with existing methods, even the archaic wall calendar or "To Do" list.
Don't Be a Plonker, clearly, is not your typical boring reminder service as indicated from the name, and their website is just as entertaining. In case you're not familiar with the British/Australian slang, "plonker" is a witty way of referring to someone who doesn't know anything; it's pretty much the equivalent of "idiot".
It's not just their marketing approach that makes Don't Be a Plonker unique, while they do offer the usual reminders for important milestones and events; they're also a complete directory service to help the unprepared appear thoughtful and organized. So instead of just reminding a scatter-brained husband of his upcoming tenth anniversary, Don't Be a Plonker will also point him towards events taking place on that date or recommended gifts and provide links for ease of purchase. Of course, the same services are offered for disorganized women as well, because like me, it doesn't want to imply anything stereotypical; however, they are the first to admit the business idea came about because of their own shortfalls as men. It's also free, with charges for the extras, and could be handy for anyone disinclined at keeping on the ball.
So now that you've learned all the facts about the growing industry of personal reminder services, do you think it's a necessary trend that will continue to develop, or is it a passing fad?
To learn about other services for the disorganized and forgetful, read Rane's "New Device Aids In Breast Cancer Detection" for a health perspective on the subject; or learn about Ticket To Mind and their prepaid gift services or Scheduled Greeting Card Services.