Category Archives: Dunnitt Background

Support for Social Networks

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We are working hard on a number of new things to support Social Networks like LinkedIn and facebook. Our task list includes:

a. Inside facebook Integration – Being framed within facebook, being able to use it within facebook, invite your facebook friends to join and share activities with you, etc.

b. Making it easy for logging into dunnitt from your existing Social Networking Logins like your facebook, twitter, MySpace, Google, Yahoo ones.

c. Being able to import friends or contacts from the above social networking sites, invite them to join dunnitt and share activities with you.

Our goal is to remove every hurdle you think there is, from participating, and using dunnitt!

Let us know your thoughts on what other social networking or other kinds of memberships you want dunnitt to support.

We hope to release this in a few weeks time!

Dunnitt on Rails on Agile – Part -I

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We have recently launched the pre-beta version of Dunnitt (http://www.dunnitt.com). Like how Twitter is for micro-blogging, Dunnitt is for micro-collaboration. You can check the screenshots of Dunnitt at http://www.dunnitt.com/one_minute_manual

Thought I would share here some of the simple things we do while we are working on our Sprint release.
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What business are we in – Micro-Collaboration! And get more out of Existing Social Networks

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This week we figured out that the business we are in is Micro-collaboration!

Twitter is used for micro-blogging! When what you have to say to your social network or friends is short and sweet like what you are up to at that time or share an interesting web page you have come across, you use Twitter to share that information in a micro-blog!

dunniitt is all about micro-collaboration! You want to simply find out the status of something you are collaborating with your friend, family or colleagues at work or solicit their opinion about something, you need a micro-collaboration tool.

Micro-blogging is one way but micro-collaboration is every direction with every participant. Every micro-collaborator will be able to see what everyone else says in real-time from any device, any where !

Examples of micro-collaboration are:

  • Trying to set up a meeting with one or more people and trying to find a suitable time that works for everyone.
  • Catching up on the status of some activity you shared with somebody else.
  • Trying to organize a potluck dinner and making sure you don’t end up with everyone bringing only desserts!
  • Doing an informal poll on what kind of restaurant people at the office would like to go to for Friday’s lunch.
  • Creating a shopping list and more than one person updating it from anywhere in real-time!
  • Performing a quick brainstorm among two or more people on activities you can do this coming long weekend

Your family, friends and colleagues are all distributed among various social networks like facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, Gmail, etc. How do you collaborate with them without resorting to email and phone? Dunnitt!

You should be able to find your friends among multiple social networks, bring them into smaller lists of people you want to micro-collaborate with and then do it!

That’s what we are upto!

How does dunnitt help you avoid email or phone tag?

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Twitter is powerful because it allows those you are interested in, or those that are interested in you, track what is happening or what is interesting at that particular moment in real-time.

dunnitt is trying to do this for Tasks and Activities. Without using email or the phone, can you coordinate your activities, tasks, fun stuff, in real-time with family, friends and colleagues at work?

When you are trying to coordinate tasks or activities with anybody other than yourself, the possible communication mechanisms and modes that people are comfortable with gets in the way.

You send email, then you call to verify whether they saw the email or not.

When it involves more than two people, the number of combinations going back and forth increases. This is something people can solve by just appointing one person to coordinate things. But then, this is the only person having knowledge of what is going on with all others!

dunnitt’s goal is to provide a mechanism where everybody can see in real-time what the latest status of the coordination is. If someone suggests a possible date and time for meeting for drinks, everyone will be able to see what works or does not work for all others.

If a complex activity involves multiple people, everyone should be able to see what the current status is with all of the activities.

That’s what we are shooting for in dunnitt.

Let us know how important this is to you, if we are achieving what we are trying to do, what else could get all of us there.