Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thoughts on Thoughtboxes

I was reading some email the other day and came across a link for Thoughtboxes and had to take a look at it.

"Thoughtboxes is a simple tool that helps to organize your thoughts so you can make things happen." So what does it mean and why would I use this website to do for me? Thoughtboxes allows you to organize ideas, activities, To-do lists and others so that you can keep track of them all in one location right on the screen in front of you. How many times do you write down all of these great lists on little pieces of paper that are strone out all over your desk, house or car. You know the ones that usually get lost, washed or lost in the bottom of your purse. Come on now I am not saying anything that is new to anyone. What I am saying is this, why not have it electronically so that you can refer back, add and check off the items as needed.

Now you might be saying, hey but I like the ease of writing down my ideas and then referring back to them later. I understand but what if you can do that Brainstorming and mind mapping in one location and then be able to share it out with others as well. Thoughtboxes allows you in one click the ability to share your "thoughts" with anyone via a link to your site.
What do you do now, how do you sign up? Really easy, go to and click on the Sign Up now link. You then get to choose how you want to participate on the site. There is a Free version and a Super version, now unfortunately the Super version does have a cost attached to it. So give the Free version a try and see how you like it and if you do switch over to the Super side.

Once you are signed up and on your splash page everything is laid out right in front of you. You can Add a new thought or Upgrade to the Super account. On the right side of the screen you have and informational section with a What's New and Speak your Mind section.

When you click to Add a new thought, it will ask you create a Box and give it a color scheme. Once you have done that you have some choices to pick from to enter information into your thoughtbox. You can add a Note, Task or a Link within each box. The Note is just what it is a text note. The Task option puts a Check mark next to the line item so that you can click on it to show that it is completed. The Link as well is just what it is, you enter in the web link and a name and it is a live link. After you create a couple of ideas/thoughts inside of the box you have the ability to drag and drop them in a different order, simulating their importance, and that is it. Over along the right hand side of the screen is a Padlock that shows Private, meaning that the thought you have just entered is not available to anyone. If you click it will now be Public and you can give someone the URL so that they can view the thoughts that you have put within the site.

Now some bad, yes you do have to create yet another login, but you can always make it similar to what you have used before. You might think that it is a little basic when it comes to additional features, but hey isn't that what the Comment Section is for. So go to the site, check it out for yourself and see if you like it.

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