Handling to-dos with a tagging-based web app?
February 7, 2006 2:12 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a web-based to-do application with a few very specific features, but, essentially, one that's almost a del.icio.us clone and is very much centralized not on categories, but on tags.

I was hoofing my way around my Backpack account and realized that I had not gone through the majority of things in there. Basically, it was a hassle to find things and to read; 37 Signals makes nice things in some ways, but they've applied tagging to pages, not tasks, and there's a host of other imperfections and problems which make me realize I very much want to migrate, the gist of which is that it obviously just isn't effectively working for me if it's a pain in the ass to go through.

What I'd ideally like is something that's almost identical to the delicious interface, where I could use a bookmarklet to add a task. The nice things about tags is you can then proceed to set up your own system -- i.e., anything with a 'p5' category might be important, or I could tag "grocery" for grocery shopping, and then like delicious, you could join tags (i.e. http://del.icio.us/tags/tag1+tag2) to get more customized reports, i.e., http://hypotheticaltodolist.com/WCityMike/grocery+downtown or http://hypotheticaltodolist.com/WCityMike/grocery+nearhome.

There's not much use in public sharing of this data, so privacy would be nice. It would also be good to be able to encode HTML inside an entry, i.e., "Check out this website and this website tonight." But the absence of either of those is not a killer.

Remember the Milk is close to what I'd like, especially with its Smart Lists and tagging and search language, but even it is slightly more complex than I'd like in terms of data entry -- and I find the checkbox NOT representing a complete horribly counterintuitive. That having been said, I'm thinking I may migrate to a combination of a private Furl account for todo-related URLs and a Remember the Milk account ... but ideally, it'd be even nicer to go a different route with this and have them together in this dream app of mine.

I should say that the primary reason I'm looking for this in a web app is I'd like to be able to be able to access the data from Mac and Windows platforms at home and work, respectively, and perhaps even on a cell phone -- and web apps traditionally have that portability.
posted by WCityMike to Technology (6 answers total)
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posted by WCityMike at 2:49 PM on February 7, 2006

I thinking you are out of luck. Looks like you have something to build :) The two you named are by far the most popular and defacto to-do services these days, but maybe I am missing something.
posted by blueplasticfish at 2:51 PM on February 7, 2006

Yeah, if I could build this puppy, I'd have much more programming knowledge than I do.

Hey, entrepaneurs? Just give me a lifetime free account to this puppy and the idea's yours, lock, stock and barrel!
posted by WCityMike at 2:53 PM on February 7, 2006

I haven't used it much, but it looks like 30 Boxes can do this in "detailed entry" mode, and it's free.

Or, try cobbling something together with Excel. If you're not a programmer, you'll probably find it a lot easier to customize to your specific needs than anything you'll find on the market or free out there.

Personally, I use a little notebook (as in the paper kind) with several columns of to-do list, corresponding to "today/tomorrow," "this week," "this month," and "long-term" things. Lo-fi, but I notice the social bookmarking & "30 Boxes type sites leave me spending a lot more time making lists than accomplishing the things on them (my distractable personality may have a lot to do with that, too).
posted by soviet sleepover at 3:30 PM on February 7, 2006

Could you build something with Ning?
posted by flabdablet at 9:26 PM on February 7, 2006

Appreciate all the advice. I went with Remember the Milk -- their Quick Add bookmarklet, once it's fixed, will let me enter tags with tasks fairly easily, and it's not so bad in the meantime, already.
posted by WCityMike at 8:27 PM on February 9, 2006

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