Astrid is an online task management system. Users can sort and create tasks through the web or using an Android or iPhone device. The application gives users a place to build lists and schedule due dates for each task. Users can also create a profile and add an image, which is primarily for the social networking features Astrid includes. Users can connect with others to see what tasks their friends are doing next or to share their own. Collaboration tools are included with Astrid as well. Users can create tasks and assign them to others on their contact list. The application encourages users to organize tasks and set goals that they can meet alone or as a group.
Astrid was founded by Tim Su and Jon Paris. The application was create to give users a way to manage their tasks and schedules while achieving goals. Social elements were incorporated to help users work together and stay accountable for the things they plan to do. The service is very popular, especially among some mobile users. So far, Astrid has served more than 1.7 million users, who have collectively finished more than 16 million tasks.
Astrid is much like other task management applications. Users can create task lists, choose due dates and make updates as necessary. The two aspects that make Astrid unique is its mobile-friendly nature and the social element that is favors. Users can see what friends and family have planned or share their tasks. The application also supports collaboration by letting users assign tasks to others so multiple people can meet goals and be productive together.
The Astrid interface is clean and visually appealing. The blue and black color scheme is softened by hints of grey and white. Each feature is neatly labeled and organized, with main actions along the left side. Anyone can easily manage the Astrid system, even user who are not familiar with other online task management tools. Users can customize their profile with an avatar, adding a personal touch to the look of Astrid.
New users can begin in the lower, right hand corner of the Astrid homepage. A blue button is available for Facebook users and a black button for Google users. Others can click the blue “Sign Up” link below the two buttons. A pop up box appears and presents a form. The form requires a first and last name, email address and password. The user is automatically logged in to their new account after successfully submitting the registration form.
Astrid is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees. Anyone can create a new account from the homepage. The service doesn’t charge fees for individual features, either. All users receive the same level of access to the application. Mobile versions are also available for free for iPhones and Android devices, however some add on packs may require a small fee.
Astrid is a helpful tool for anyone who wants to organize their daily tasks. The service is intended for personal use rather than professional, although some professionals may find it useful. Users can also collaborate with friends and family to complete tasks and meet goals or to simply find an easier way to communicate on a regular basis. The service is free and offers a number of attractive features as well as convenient mobile access.