Oscar Wilde said that “To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world.” But for those of us who would love to be doing nothing, there’s 24me, a free new iPhone app that populates your daily to-do list automatically and lets you complete those tasks at the touch of a button.
Is it a friend’s birthday? 24me will retrieve the data directly from Facebook and offer you the option to post on her Facebook wall or buy her a gift card directly from the app. Is your electricity bill due today? The app will automatically add this task to your to-do list and link to your service provider so you can pay with one click.
24me was founded by Liat Mordechay Hertanu and her husband Gilad. “We found ourselves wasting our precious time on managing daily life routines,” she says. “There are great to-do list apps, but those are only digital replacements for a pen and a paper. 24me is a personal assistant in the form of a to-do list.”
In addition to the entries that appear automatically on the task list, you can add items manually or using voice recognition. The application uses some simple text recognition to create action buttons for each task in your list. Enter “Call Ciara,” and 24me integrates with the Ciara’s contact number and inserts a call button next to the action. Once you click on it, 24me calls that person.
If the task is physical, e.g. “Pick up the laundry,” 24me adds a button linking to TaskRabbit, where you can pay a physical personal assistant to collect it for you. Finally, you can share tasks if you need to; for example, you can compile a shopping list with a family member.
24me integrates with a number of service providers like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast and banks such as Bank of America, Chase, and Wells Fargo. After linking to these services, tasks will be added when you have a bill to pay or your bank balance drops below a certain amount.
The app is currently free and the business model will probably involve charging services providers some kind if fee at a later stage. But for now the founders are concentrating to getting as many users as possible.
24me is available for iPhone. An Android version is in the works. The app currently only supports service providers in the U.S.