Over the past couple of years I have built a pretty solid, interactive group of people on both Facebook and Twitter, including close, personal friends and others that I have met through various opportunities. I appreciate the most that I can throw out an idea or question to my friends on both networks, and I can usually get a wide range of responses. Sometimes you get recommendations from someone that are just awesome ideas, while others confirm that your original hunch was correct. Either way, you’ll end up with a ton of things you want to try out.
With the new year arriving, I started to make some lists for myself and our family, goals that we want to see ourselves accomplish over the next year. As I started down this process, I was making all kinds of lists, and remembered an app called Well.io that helps you create lists with a social twist. The gist behind Well.io is that you create a list and have others help contribute to it, which lets you get ideas from friends in a more structured format than what I’d been doing.
Creating Your Own List
When I first started to check out Well.io, I thought of it as more of a social task manager, and wondered “Why would I want to share my tasks with other people?” But when I actually started to really use the app and see what others were doing, I realized I had it all wrong. It was all about creating lists, almost like bucket lists, and letting others help you create and interact with you on them.
I got excited about Web.io when it clicked that the sky is really the limit when it comes to what types of lists to create. They make it very easy for you to get started on a new list by adding a new title and quickly selecting a cover image that correlates to it from your computer or via a quick Instagram search. Once you found the right image, you can just start adding your to-dos.
Well.io is more than just creating action items for yourself; really, that is only half the battle. The other half is letting the power of social networking come in and help you out with your items. The app does this in a variety of ways to help you get the word out and to let others interact with you.
First off, when you create a list or an action item, you can send them to both Facebook or Twitter to let your networks know about what you are doing. You can also invite your friends from both networks or if they are already on Well.io, they can become collaborators with you on your list. This is a nice feature to have if you are want to specifically work with certain people on something.
Speaking of working with others, Well.io has built in social features within its network where you can view other people’s lists and they can be liked or commented on as well. The last major feature that is worth mentioning is the fact that you can embed your list onto another site. I like that they give you this option as it gives you the opportunity to interact with others, who may not necessarily want to use Well.io just to contribute.
The experience of using the web app was very smooth and I although there were a lot of social features, I didn’t feel like I was being overwhelmed by them. I liked that lists could be either private or public, as this gives you the freedom for how social you want to be. Best of all, they made the experience of using the app enjoyable and free of major bugs that could slow you down. I could just concentrate on coming up with creative ways of making different lists and how others could help me with them.
Over the past couple of years, social networking has gotten a bad rap due to privacy woes. I don’t really blame people for being cautious about it and either quitting social networks or locking them down. But, what I have realized during this time is that if used properly, social networking can be a powerful tool. There are so many people that we personally know on our social networks that come with a wealth of knowledge that we may never experience if we don’t tap into it.
Well.io gives us that opportunity, one that is safe and easy to use, where we can get feedback and ideas from others to help us in this journey that we call life. The web app is free to use and they also have an iPhone app as well that I am looking forward to trying out. If you are looking for fun ideas on places to go, things to do, or anything else that you can think of, you have to go and try Well.io out for yourself. Our friends and family, as well as the world, have a wealth of knowledge that can benefit us. Why not harness that and use it to our advantage?
Create social and interactive lists and action items with Well.io9