One of my favorite apps that has the coveted home-row placement on my iPhone is Squarespace Note.
I use the app to quickly send myself notes and reminders to my email inbox.
You can also customize it to post to different services like Twitter, Dropbox, Evernote and others.
So I thought it would be cool to see if I can set it up to send events to my calendar with the help of Super.cc
It’s still rough around the edges but it works!
The following is a guide to set it up yourself:
I outlined a quick & dirty way to use Super.cc from your iphone with the help of Squarespace note.
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I am firmly convinced that invention in something that happens over long periods of time, by lots of very smart people, playing each others’ ideas against each other. I think there are very few eureka moments, very few genuinely new ideas.
I was a huge fan of Aardvark.
Loved everything about their company and product.
They were the first company that I knew of that had testing built in the DNA of their company. They were going after the holy grail of social search (which IMHO twitter is the current winner) and then sold to Google which shut down the service.
This post isn’t really about them but I was reminded about them 2 weeks ago when my buddy Peter tweeted on the day Jelly launched publicly:
So, Jelly is basically Aardvark 2.0 http://t.co/tdxALSL594— Peter Hershberg (@hershberg)January 7, 2014
Is Jelly Aardvark 3.0?
It doesn’t make a difference, but its important to note that Jelly is a completely different beast.
Jelly was built for mobile.
It might seem like thats not a big deal but it creates a completely different experience due to the inherent constraints and deliberate choices that need to be made.
Jelly is misunderstood
After first blush, people don’t get it.
But heres the thing about open ended system with constraints: people dont understand how to use them until they start using it.
Twitter and Snapchat come to mind as major networks that exemplify this.
The UI is often times sooo basic and people are shocked.
Heck I was even a quasi-hater on day one*
After first run, Jelly’s UX seems too heavy: swipe down of cards is too slow & swipe across isn’t fluid + would prefer Q? text below photo— Michael S Galpert (@msg)January 7, 2014
The poor UX ends up making people question the utility or even need of yet another app in our life.
So far very poor questions on Jelly. People don’t get it.— Orli Yakuel אורלי (@Orli)January 10, 2014
Also, almost every question I’ve encountered on @askjelly is stupid. Google it.— Pasquale D’Silva (@pasql)January 11, 2014
My buddy Micah has shared his thoughts and early reactions to Jelly that I think is common amongst the early adopter crowd.
Jelly UX is dumb
What I find fascinating most in the early days of Jelly is watching how the questions evolve.
People are still playing with it, testing the limits and seeing what kind of questions works and which don’t.
Once people get out all the dumb questions out of their system, they will start using it for more important question.
This form of play in the UX is important for creating a strong bond with the product. Think about all the dumb questions you don’t think twice about asking Google.
Jelly UX is smart
Intention and action are really important to cultivate in a fleeting mobile environment.
The disappearing nature of the questions forces intention.
If you’ve ever experienced the painful Tinder accidental swipe left of a hottie, then you know that this is a big deal.; it forces the user to pay attention instead of the habit of just casually glossing over facebook/instagram feeds and not taking action.
In order to pay attention to something, you need to take a deliberate action and follow a specific question. This is a strong data point for engagement [notify you to come back to the app] and interest [know which questions to show you in the future].
Forcing photos with every question is another strong design decision.
People process images better than text.
Forcing every question to have an image primes the user with context + excitement
Jelly has potential
There’s still alot more that needs to be done but the potential is HUGE.
Twitter’s potential wasn’t realized until Summize focused their energies on Twitter search. I think at scale, Jelly search can be a juggernaut. But time will tell if they even go in that direction.
What will be interesting to see is if Jelly opens up an API or they can go about building a massive network alone. They already are doing simple associative processing the facebook and twitter graphs but can they do it on the context side.
Either way I’m smitten by their potential and wish them well.
Just realized what I love about @askjelly It exemplifies the ethos of “you are not alone in this world” which is world changing— Michael S Galpert (@msg)January 24, 2014
Let’s just hope they don’t get acquired and then subsequently shut down.
BTW, Do you think the Jelly Team blasts Bootylicious all the time at their HQ or just when they push out new releases?
Snapchat is a product built from the heart – that is the reason why we are in Los Angeles. I often talk with people about the conflicts between technology companies and content companies – I’ve found that one of the biggest issues is that frequently technology companies view movies, music, and television as INFORMATION. Directors, producers, musicians, and actors view them as feelings, as expression. Not to be searched, sorted, and viewed – but EXPERIENCED.
Snapchat says that we are not the sum of everything we have said or done or experienced or published – we are the result. We are who we are today, right now
We no longer have to capture the “real world” and recreate it online – we simply live and communicate at the same time.
My normal tweets get favorited. My Bitcoin tweets get re-tweeted. Incentives, anyone?— Naval Ravikant (@naval)January 22, 2014
Naval’s point about incentives resonated with me this week.
I too noticed this twitter trend when my tweet about Uber became probably my most distributed of all time:
[308X my normal reach, 41 faves, 39 retweets 7 replies]
Uberx to LAX was $33 Taxi from LAX was $60 and a carbon copy of my credit card was made :(— Michael S Galpert (@msg)January 21, 2014
At first, I thought it was because lots of ppl love Uber and hate Taxi’s but after looking into who were among my the RT Uber posse it was pretty clear where the distribution came from.
The top Retweeters all have a financial stake in Uber.
These guys have a collective 1.6M followers on the platform.
I would do the same thing if I had financial involvement in Uber.
The power of twitter has always been its collective echo.
Hopefully, it doesnt get too noisy before I get a chance to join the party :P
Gonna start investing in companies just so I can tweet about them.— Michael S Galpert (@msg)January 22, 2014
I believe that software, and in fact entire companies, should be run in a way that assumes that the sum of the talent of people outside your walls is greater than the sum of the few you have inside.
This entire post is a must read!
In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.
But to get through failure, you need to be able to separate who you are and what your work is