list.it on Lifehacker

Lifehacker featured listit on its front page today.  Thanks, Lifehacker! The list.it team have been avid lifehacker readers for a very long time! (We also now have 1700+ registered users!)

Speaking of the list.it team, we wanted to acknowledge the rest of the team for their hard work over the past four months; in particular Greg Vargas who spent his summer designing and implementing list.it with me (we went from design to implementation in little under three months!), Michael Bernstein and Katrina Panovich for designing our listit based note taking study (that we submitted to CHI), and of course our brave advisors, David Karger and mc schraefel who have been advising us since we were thinking thoughts of Jourknow nearly 2 years ago.

In response to the press coverage, we appreciate the kind words people have had to say about list.it so far. With respect to it being “MIT’s sticky note killer” though, we might think that might be going a bit too far. As we documented in our previous , sticky notes are awesome for all sorts of things and making a digital tool that is as versatile as sticky notes will probably remain a challenge for years to come. We hope to get there though, slowly.

List.it is a very young project and what it does right now is very simple. People have asked “why have you re-invented the wheel, when { Evernote/Google Notebook/etc. } already does X.” There are two immediate reasons why we wrote our own: 1. Few of these tools are open source. We wanted a tool that was cross-platform, and that we could modify or instrument as we pleased. 2) Few of these tools are suitable for longitudinal user studies. With list.it, we have included features that let researchers perform studies by asking users to allow everything they do with list.it logged so that PIM researchers can better understand how and when notes were created. We have conducted one such study already in September 2008 and found such logging facilities to be very useful. Finally, we wanted simple base functionality that we could use to test new UI concepts, which we plan to introduce in the next six months. Some of this functionality we have hinted at in our previous jourknow concept videos}. We see list.it as our primary vehicle for exploring the intersection of Personal Information Management and other fields including user modeling and social computing. So please stay tuned —

By releasing list.it as open source under the MIT license, we want it to be useful to as many people — note takers and note-taking researchers alike — to hack and extend as they please. Stay tuned for a sourceforge site / development release of both client and server!

If you use it, please let us know what you think of list.it, and thanks for your help!

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