Goodbye Sandy, hello PingMe

It took me a while but I finally found an acceptable replacement for Sandy. If you don’t know who Sandy is, read a post of mine from last September titled Sandy makes sure my library books are never overdue.

You may be wondering why I had to replace Sandy. It had nothing to do with poor performance or lack of motivation. Nope, Sandy just up and quit on me one day. If you don’t believe me, read her resignation letter.

Yes, I’m being tongue-in-cheek right now. Sandy didn’t really quit. I’m not sure that’s even possible since Sandy isn’t even real. But the I want Sandy service was purchased by Twitter and subsequently taken offline. As of now, I still haven’t heard a word about Twitter’s plans to use the I want Sandy service.

Sandy’s replacement

For a while, I thought I could get by without Sandy but I soon came to my senses. I did some searching on the Internet and found that a lot of Sandy users were migrating to a service called PingMe. After checking out the PingMe site, it was evident why Sandy users were jumping on the PingMe bandwagon so quickly. Since the day Sandy went offline, PingMe has included a section on its home page titled “Switching from Sandy?” with a primer to help Sandy users quickly transition to PingMe.

PingMe

Voluntary pestering

Now that I’ve been using PingMe for a few weeks, I have really begun to like some of its features. One of my favorites is the Pester feature. Using pester, you can tell PingMe to remind you about a task tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. and then continue to pester you every hour until you tell PingMe the task is done. Kind of like a snooze for your task list.

This may sound silly but it’s quite effective. Usually by about the fourth of fifth pester I find myself saying, “alright, alright!” and quickly completing the task just so I don’t have to get another pester from PingMe.

There are many other features that I like about PingMe but I’ll save the rest for a feature article on the service to appear on the Noobie web site.

Meanwhile, I’d love to hear from any other former Sandy users to see what service, if any, they are using now. Leave a comment and let me know!