Collaboration and good communication is the key when it comes to getting the job done in time and the way you want it. Seamless communication can be difficult to achieve when you are working in a group. There are quite a few collaboration tools available on the web these days to increase collaboration and work on projects easier over the wire. When it comes to communicating your great idea in a meeting or simply putting your point across to the group or conducting a quick poll, check out notifu.
With notifu you can send messages to individuals or groups, see if they were received, track who all responded and eventually use the replies to make decisions as a group just like a poll system.
Notifu allows you to send messages through email, SMS, phone and IM networks such as AIM, Gtalk, ICQ, MSN and Yahoo.
The interface is simple, clean and yet stylish. You can send messages as a registered user or an unregistered user (that way you won’t have access to your contacts and stored messages). Click on Send Messages, fill in the details, click send and off goes your message on its way through the path you chose for the delivery.
The “To Field” uses a special syntax to learn about the mode of delivery. Just type in:
NameOfContact <Keyword: AppropriateInformationDependingOnTheModeChosen>
So for example, if you would like to send a SMS to Bruce Wayne at +1-123-456-7890 you would type in “Bruce Wayne <sms:+1-123-456-7890>” in the To Field. Other Mode keywords available are: email, yahoo, icq, msn, gtalk and ph (for voice messages). Of course you would have to follow them up with the appropriate information like phone number in case of ph and gtalk id in case of gtalk.
Notifu offers single address (for individuals), Distribution Address (for groups) as well as escalating addresses. While single and distribution addresses are pretty straight forward, an escalating address lets you specify multiple ways of contacting the same person. All these ways will then be tried one after another until a successful delivery.
Another bit of detail that you can specify while sending a message are the response choices. Response Choices offer the recipients a set of responses with which they can quickly reply back to you. These are also excellent for conducting a poll in a group to reach a consensus.
As people reply to your sent message the poll count starts to accumulate irrespective of the fact whether the reply came from a cell phone or a IM application.
Notifu is great for group of friends trying to choose a place to meet as well as for the serious worker conveying a meeting re-schedule.
Have a go, test it, let us know how you like it. I personally like the interface and a widgety look to the whole scene and I also like that an OpenSocial application is currently under development. That would really spice up things by mixing notifu with social networks.
They mention it should work outside the US and Canada. However I had problems with the SMS and voice messages. Let us know your experience with notifu in the comments.