I’ve been using Astrid, a to-do list manager, for a while but it’s gonna be shut down in a bit, no thanks to Yahoo!’s acquisition of the app.
I’ve been searching for a new task management app to use but I haven’t found anything as user-friendly and as intuitive as Astrid.
Seriously, Astrid is one of the best apps I’ve ever used, which is why I’m pretty pissed with Yahoo! for making such a stupid decision to take-over the app.
Why it was a stupid decision:
- Bad PR for Yahoo!.
Astrid users are pissed that Yahoo! has gone and killed a good thing (check out Astrid’s Facebook Page).
There’s quite a bit of unhappy murmuring going on, so the bad press means no one’s gonna be inclined to use Yahoo! products now.
- No one’s using Yahoo!.
Furthermore – and I’m calling this right here and now – Yahoo! is going and will go the way of the dinosaur.
Even if Yahoo! develops its own task-management app based on Astrid, no one’s going to use it because there isn’t any faith in Yahoo’s continuity and longevity.
- Customers won’t return.
Even if Yahoo! reverses its decision i.e. it keeps Astrid alive, no one is going to use it!
Everyone has migrated to other platforms in droves; even I’ve moved to Todoist, after a long and lengthy search for an Astrid replacement.
So users will need damn good reason to return – either that, or a miracle.
Anyway, if I had the skills, I’d build an app to manage my tasks the way Astrid has been doing so, and as a bonus, design it such that it can be synced with Google Calendar to help me organise my schedule.