Linoit: Software above the level of a single device

Sticky notes must rank up there with sliced bread for inventive greatness. I’ll read these ‘nag’ notes that are stuck on my monitor before I’ll open a to-do list or even my outlook diary at the start of the day. They’re visual and tactile.

LinoIt is a web 2.0 application that takes the sticky note function into an electronic format. In doing so it illustrates the benefits of software designed to work above the level of a single device: my personal ‘nag’ notes are accessible to me regardless of my physical location or device; I can check them when I’m at work using my desktop computer; when I’m at home on my ipad or out and about using my smartphone. It doesn’t matter how or where I update my notes as the data is kept synchronised for me seamlessly.

As a member of a software development team that values collaboration over documentation, LinoIt’s device independence and visual sticky note feature provides a ‘virtual’ wall for project retrospectives. Everyone participating in the retrospective can access the wall and place notes to contribute to the discussion. This is a powerful benefit for distributed teams that work using visual tools.

When LinoIt is ready to appoint me as executive product manager (I’ll keep waiting by the phone, will I?), I’d like to extend the functionality to better implement this pattern. There would be a version of the application that I can install on my workstation with a richer feature set: I can facilitate the retrospectives, set security to my authorised participants and distribute the final board in pdf format. Athe same time participants on mobile devices or through the browser can still put up stickies and view changes to the board as others put up their stickies.

There are many tools that demonstrate the best practices for this web 2.0 design pattern: from twitter that lets me post a picture onto my twitter feed immediately with a couple of clicks on my ipad, to my gmail application that lets me easily access email even when travelling abroad, to Amazon’s one-click purchasing feature on mobile devices and the richer features available from desktop browsers. There are even many collaboration and task tracking tools such as google docs and remember the milk. Yet, linoit provides me exceptional value at home and at work through the pervasiveness of the data and the simplicity of the visual interface.

Have you used LinoIt? Are you the better product manager with suggestions for new features?

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10 thoughts on “Linoit: Software above the level of a single device

  1. This is a really cool idea. Does it integrate well with other application on the iPhone, for example, such as the Notes or Calendar app, or do you have to install it’s own app?

  2. This is interesting, and I have something similar in my Mac, but it doesnt synchronize with other devices, which I would really want it to do, to make it more useful. I guess Linolt could have been a great tool instead, but like you mention, it has some flaws. Do you know if it can warn you about urgent events? Like an alarm that you can set to remind you?

    • No I think this is where the other to-do lists are much stronger. I find linoit great for collaborative project work because of the sticky note format. For me prrsonally, it’s a great to do list tool because it’s not linked to dates, I’m always finding I fall behind date bound tasks and end up not prepared to face the accusatory late notices 🙂

  3. In real work. people would like separate any thing, and then put them together. some day, when all computer software comparable with smartphone. do you think there is any different between them?

    • Yes, the best of breed approach with some organisations is interesting to reconsider in the light of this pattern, and in the light of the broader strokes of all web 2.0 patterns. I’m not sure that software above the level of a single device will rock the boat too much, I suspect companies will still choose vendor software according to specialised expertiese (eg enterprise asset management as opposed to customer relationship management applications) which may included use on mobile devices. It’s an interesting question! What do you think?

  4. Ever since I purchased the iPhone and iPad recently, I have gradually made myself use these mobile devices as often as I can to reduce the usage of Sticky Notes, and other Paperwork to keep my room cleaner.
    Since I haven’t used Linoit before, but thanks mainly to reading your blog, it sounds like an extremely beneficial application to me because it keeps everything synchronized throughout my devices and efficiently prioritizes my daily tasks instead of using actual sticky notes.
    I will to use it and see how I adapt towards a paperless workspace.
    Oh, and also, come check out my blog for more interesting examples of software usage http://akklam2011.wordpress.com/

  5. thanks for the links and insights into Agile and Scrum approaches. Love the simplicity of Linoit. Your idea for a richer feature set for desktop is great.

  6. Oh my goodness i have been looking for a smart little app just like this one for about a week now, ive been using the traditional windows sticky notes and MAC sticky notes to keep track of my to do list. Doing it this way makes it very hard because i cant sync all of my devices to the one set of notes, i will definitely be getting this app in the next 10 minutes and putting it on my MAC, windows machine and i iPhone! thank you so much for the interesting read about software that really does go beyond the level of a single device!

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