Friday, October 28, 2011

Astrid: Social to-do-list

Astrid is a to-do-list app for your Android phone (with a browser-based counterpart).  It is free, and apparently very popular (as stated in its description in the Android Marketplace).  This was a side project by a Google Engineer which became a downloadable app.  I came across Astrid because I was looking for a to-do-list app to install in my phone to manage my increasingly complex office life, and its popularity rank (coupled with the name being similar with a character from my favourite TV show Fringe) made me download.

I have been using it for quite some time now, and as a standalone app it very easy to use.  Just type in your tasks, and when you're done, just strike it off the list.  You can also set deadlines, alarms, and priority rank to help you manage your schedule.

It's in the social media functionality that Astrid shines.  You can make a list and assign tasks to others.  And when they're done, they update their list, which also updates yours!  Obviously they need to use Astrid as well in order for this status synchronization to work.

The browser-based interface can sync with the Android mobile phone app.

If you are looking for a to-do-list either for your sole use or as a group, give Astrid a try.  Visit the Astrid website for more information.

UPDATE: Astrid is winding down.  I received this notice in my inbox:

First off, we want to sincerely thank you for being an Astrid user over the years. Your support every step of the way has meant the world to us. As of August 5, 2013, we will be closing the Astrid service.

We know that a transition can be tough, but we want to make it as easy as possible for you. Please go to this link: to download your data.

Once you have your data, we recommend you check out one of these applications. They will allow you to easily import your data, so you can pick up where you left off: Wrike, Wunderlist, Sandglaz, and

When we built Astrid, we sought to help as many people as possible become happier, healthier and more productive – and we certainly hope we helped you. Thank you again for your support.

Best regards,
Jon Paris & the Astrid Team

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