Just when Twittering seems to be all the rage, a new player hits the stage. It’s called Jott.com and its one of the coolest innovations I’ve seen in a while. Here is the basic idea:
You call Jott on your mobile phone. You speak the name of the person or group you want to send a message to. You speak for 30 seconds. Those sentences get transcribed and e-mailed. It could be a “note to self”, or a client, or an employee, or your team, or your spouse who never seems to have either of their two cell phones turned on (that’s another story).
Instant speech to text conversion with messaging. Kinda like a 30 second Twitter version of a podcast.
I often judge the coolness of something by using my 13-year old daughter as a barometer. She thinks Twitter is “totally geeky”, but when I showed Jott to her, she was instantly hooked. She immediately started playing with it; not for anything productive mind you, just wanted to see how much abuse it could take (singing, laughing, nonsensical jibberish). She also told her friends about it and they started Jotting each other. The hyper-connected youth have yet another way to communicate.
I have to agree with Drew McLellan who predicts that Jott “is going to be the breakout of 2007”. Drew suggests several ways he is going to use it:
- Dictate notes from meetings and send them to myself for a record. Jott it.
- I’m pulling out of a client’s parking lot and send a note to our Project Manager about opening a new job. Jott him.
- Forget milk? Never again. Jott me.
- Have a breakthrough idea while waiting to board a plane — jott my entire staff before I forget said idea. Jott the team.
- Want to remind my daughter to do XYZ but she’s going to get home before I do. Jott her.
- See someone across the way at Panera and want to remember to call them in a week or so. Jott me.
- Have forgotten to grab a book from the office 3 times. Jott me.
- All the stuff that I try to write down before I forget it. Jott me. Jott me. Jott me.
The other reason this may be big is that it is potentially disruptive to the wireless carriers. Think about it. Text Messaging is hot. Over 80 Million US subscribers sent over 100 Billion text messages last year (Pew Research). Teenagers have made it a routine way to communicate. Most individual subscriber plans charge $.02 per message sent and received. With Jott, you never have to pay to send a message, so you can send more messages under you current plan, or reduce your monthly costs by switching to a plan that allows fewer messages.
Now if someone will just build a simple interface to allow me to Jott to my Twitter account, I’ll be in lifelogging heaven.