The Quest for PIM 2.0: Boo-hoo for Memotoo

Memotoo Splash Screen

(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:

  1. Browser bookmarks sync;
  2. Birthday and event reminders via email;
  3. Public sharing of calendars;
  4. 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:

  1. No ads;
  2. A secure connection;
  3. A file storage and transfer service;
  4. 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?


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8 Responses to The Quest for PIM 2.0: Boo-hoo for Memotoo

  1. Ed Miller says:


    My new favourite word is functionalities, and I like the suggestion that you can sync after “installing and configuring the good plug-in.” best to stay away from the bad plug-in, I suppose….

    I don’t think I’ll need this–I use .Mac to keep my 2 Macs and Palm synched, so I don’t need my dumbphone to access contacts, etc.


  2. Anonymous says:

    What other sites offer PIM/email/bookmark/file sync?

  3. AC says:

    If you click on “PIM” in my tag clould (or here), you’ll see my other posts on the subject.

    Glad to be of service!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m looking into this site right now. If I can get Thunderbird+lightening to sync with my palm-treo I’ll be very happy.

  5. Davide says:

    I am in the process of evaluating the MemoToo service. By going into calendar preferences and setting the correct timezone (for me this was GMT – 5) you can easily resolve this problem. I am well on my way to being impressed by MemoToo.

  6. AC says:

    Hey Davide,

    My mistake may well have been not setting Memotoo’s calendar to EDT before I uploaded my stuff.

    Let us know how it works out for you!

    • David says:

      I too suffered this. Hard to fix. I have tried deleting all online events and then trying to send ONLY from my phone [doing a 2 way sync deletes your phones events :(]
      but I have exceeded the trial versions limits. Hmmm good scam.
      I may have to sign up for a month to see if I can resolve this issue and get actually using this service.

      Loads of potential.

  7. Davide says:

    So far so good. The gaping hole in the feature set (IMO) is the lack of any actual email services. Ideally they would offer email with IMAP IDLE support for open standard push. MobileMe is too closed. Exchange is worse. I don’t care if I have to pay, I just don’t want to be TRAPPED.

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