I Want Sandy is shutting down!

One of my favourite web 2.0 startups, I Want Sandy is closing its doors at the end of this week. guess this is what happens when you rely on free startup services, but it’s still pretty devastating. I don’t have an assistant in my current job and I’ve gotten used to forwarding mail to Sandy and using the service’s natural language interface to add tasks to my todo list or events to my calendar.

I was never particularly comfortable with the gender stereotype on the site: the always-available, always chipper female secretary drawn as a perfect young woman in the 1950s.

But the service was so good, I was willing to overlook that. The best thing about it was that I could communicate with it by email and didn’t need to adjust my own work habits to get more done. I could just forward an email to my private address, use some easy to remember natural language commands in my message (“remind me to bring the car for an oil change next thursday”) and it would automatically go into my calendar and todo list, and I would get reminders by email and Twitter. It was brilliant.

Now I need to find another service to replace Sandy’s place in my workflow. I’ve seen two suggestions: Keepup and PingMe. Do you have any other suggestions or ideas?

Update: I opened a PingMe account, and the first thing they show on their page once you sign in is a link to instructions for former Sandy users!

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