Are PIM tools still in vogue or are Startpages overtaking this space?
Here is my list of web 2.0 PIM tools (Personal Information Management)…these services have to be more than an RSS Reader and bookmark manager, I’m looking for services that contain an RSS Reader, bookmark manager, email, IM, notes, to-do, contacts, forum, blog, etc…
Not included are similar tools that are not at a personal level, these are more web 2.0 based project management, content management services, such as eloops, Near-Time, Wild Apricot, centraldesktop, Basecamp, etc…
I like the idea of an all in one PIM (Personal Information Management) tool, but the problem is that each module just doesn’t cut it, eg. I use Rojo for RSS Reading (I don’t really use the bookmarking module), I use del.icio.us for bookmarking, I use Gmail for email, calendar, IM, I use Yedda for Q&A, I use ziki for profile, I use Google Notebook for notes, I use Rasasa for alerts, and I haven’t yet worked out what I use for photo’s, video’s, tasks, to-do, time, files, etc…this list could go on forever, but I guess I have mentioned the essentials.
I guess the idea of a startpage (such as Pageflakes and netvibes) is a work around this as you can re-syndicate or enable widgets for all your services on the one page, these are especially effective when they are fully functional within the start page, eg. meembo, Gabbly, del.icio.us, and Box.net in netvibes.
At the same time startpages have their own tools such as bookmarks, calendar, weather, to-do, notes, RSS Reader (just check out the PageFlakes awesome inbuilt RSS Reader).
Startpages can have:
- inbuilt modules
- host other services basically fully functional
- host other services not fully functional
In a way startpages are becoming a dream, instead of a service trying to build the best swiss army PIM tool, you can create your own using a start page, thanks to widgets.
But then again a tool like Haystack allows for each of these modules to talk to each other, true integration…I feel the IBM PIM dashboards do a similar thing, eg. tag someone into Fringe Contacts from within the IM.