Doug Pfeffer, my supremely talented colleague at The Barbarian Group, has finally launched his newest creation, which I’ve been playing with for the last few months. It’s called Last Night’s Check-ins and it’s an elegantly simple idea/execution. Basically, it takes all your Foursquare check-ins from the evening before and emails them to you the next morning for annotation. You simply reply to the email with details below each stop and it stores them in diary form for you.
I think this is super smart for a few reasons: First off, it takes this data that is actually an incredible diary of your life and allows you to add additional metadata to it. Second, and maybe more importantly, it does so with an interface that allows you to sustain interaction. Everyone checks their email every day (or almost every day) and replying to an email couldn’t be easier. For years I’ve wondered why more people don’t use email for collecting structured data and I’m super excited that Doug made the jump.