IWantSandy, one of my favorite Web services, is shutting down on December 8th. This was a really cool service that would act like a virtual assistant for you, reminding you of things you need to do, people you need to call, etc… everything a good REAL assistant does. I have had it hooked up to Jott (so Jott could act as the speech front end to IWantSandy) for a long time so that all I need to do is call a number and say "remind me at 2pm on Saturday that I parked in lot D near D-3", and Sandy would remind me, like clockwork.
It was one of the truly useful Web 2.0 services that added value to my life, and it's shuttering its doors.
This news is sad for me, because I really enjoyed this service. In fact I would pay (a small amount) to use it. Alas, it seems to be too late. At least Jott is surviving, I certainly hope they make it.
Seth Godin brought this to my attention and brought up a very good point: it is really our duty to evangelize the services that we enjoy, especially in this type of economic environment. I don't know why I never blogged about IWantSandy before (that I can recall), but perhaps if people like me who used it had blogged about it, it would have made it through and I could continue to use it.
It's apparently too late for IWantSandy, but I will be sure to help publicize other services that I enjoy. It's just sad that it took the death of one of my favorite services to wake me up to the fact that I need to help them out. We have to be sure to not just critique services we find useless but also to promote services that we find useful.
Lesson learned the hard way.