There are so many good books to read, movies to watch, and music to listen to. I don’t know about you, but I always find myself without enough time in the day to be able to sit down and just dive into a good book. Then, there are those times when I hear a good song on the radio and I try to remember it so I can buy it later, but that never works. I am not sure if it’s because I am getting older (I am really not that old), but I cannot seem to remember things unless I write them down.
I have been using a web app called Done Note Done to jot down some of the books, music, and movies that I want to check out. It has been a good way for me to keep track of all the things that I want to get to later – with a dash of social networking thrown in. Granted, you can use your favorite task manager for this as well, but this app may just get me to read and watch more movies. Let’s take a deeper look into Done Not Done.
There are a couple of different ways for you to add items to your to do list, which here is a list of the things you want to read, watch, and listen to. When you want to manually add something, you can just type in the specific item and then you will get a list of things matching your search and then just choose the appropriate one. As I put this search aspect to the test, I noticed that you had to be pretty specific when it came to adding your items. For example, I couldn’t just type in an author’s name, I had to type in the name of the actual book to get it to show up in my search results.
Not only can you add things that you maybe want to remember for later, but you can also add things that you have already gone through. For example, if there was a good book that I recently read, I can add it to my list as an item that I have “done.” I can then leave a comment, maybe say why I liked it or possibly didn’t like it. Then I can rate it on a five point scale.
Done Not Done is more than just giving you the ability to jot done things you want to do later or save things you have already done. There is a social layer that they incorporate which makes it more fun to use. You can connect with your friends on both Twitter and Facebook and invite them to the site. Or, if they are already using the app, you can follow them and see what kinds of cool things they have added to their lists of things they have done or not done.
What is nice about this is that it gives you more opportunity to find something that maybe you didn’t know about before. For example, maybe one of your friends has added a really good book that you hadn’t heard about, but they left a good review and it piqued your interest. Great, you just now got another book to add to your “Not Done” list that you wouldn’t have known about before. It’s a great way to be able to expand on your selection of media in ways that you may not have ventured to in the past.
Capitalize On the Social Aspect
I really liked it for the specific reason of it being a good place to store good media ideas so when I do have the time to read a good book or watch a movie, I know I can just come here and find something that I would enjoy. I can also see what others are adding as well to give me more ideas. What was a little frustrating for me though, was the fact that I didn’t have many friends on both Twitter and Facebook that used the app, so I wasn’t able to get as many good recommendations as I would have liked.
It got me thinking that the biggest flaw right now for this app is the fact that you cannot follow other users who are using it; you can only follow your friends from Twitter or Facebook that are on Done Not Done. That was a huge let down for me because I don’t have many friends that use it and I would love to see what other people who use the site are sharing. I think they need to open up the social networking aspect of the app and make it so that people can connect with more than just their Twitter and Facebook friends.
Done Not Done is one of those apps that I think has a solid base for future growth. It is well designed and it is easy to use, and I am not overwhelmed by features that I don’t need. I would love to see more social features outside what I mentioned earlier, maybe a more in depth rating system and more features to interact with others to start.
They also have an iPhone app that works very similarly to the web app which you should check out as well. I think if they can consistently add features and get people to see why they should add their media items there and not somewhere else, they will have a bright future ahead. So, if you are looking for a good book to read, need a great movie for date night, or just looking for some good tunes, go and check out Done Not Done and start creating your own lists.
Create lists of movies, books, and music that you have or have not gotten to yet with Done Not Done8
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