(FYI, the inspiration for the title of this post comes from a previous entry…)
Based on the recommendation of one of our fine commenters I signed up for Memotoo last week. The service has all the trappings of your typical Web 2.0 site (including the unfortunate name) but ultimately suffers from a few missteps and one fatal flaw that keeps it from true greatness.
First, the interface… The folks at Memotoo have thoughtfully provided a demo account that will let you poke around and see what to expect when you sign up. There’s lots of functionality here, including:
- Browser bookmarks sync;
- Birthday and event reminders via email;
- Public sharing of calendars;
- Mapping your contacts’ addresses with Google Maps, MapQuest and more!
For cynics like yours truly who feel uneasy about uploading their personal information to a free service, you’ll be pleased to know that Memotoo actually has a business plan — pay them a paltry 1 Euro a month for a premium subscription and you get these additional perks:
- No ads;
- A secure connection;
- A file storage and transfer service;
- An SMS gateway to send texts from the web.
The availability of a paid service makes it less likely that Memotoo will sell your address book to spammers should it fall on hard times — in theory, anyway.
So that’s the good news. The bad news again starts with the site’s interface. It’s hideous!
You’d think that with all the fancy AJAX programming a user would be able to re-size calendar boxes or at least drag and drop page elements, but no such luck. Also, I think Memotoo would do well to hire a better translation service, as some of the English instructions on the site are laughably bad, pour example:
Show birthdays? To answer “yes”, the birthdays of my address book will be show into calendar.
But Memotoo’s biggest failure (unless I’m missing something) is the bewildering lack of time zone support in its online calendar. Oh, it’ll show the correct local time for Toronto just fine, but each and every one of the calendar events I imported into it is inexplicably locked to Greenwich Mean Time.
And who wants to have lunch at 1700 GMT when they can eat with their friends at noon?