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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
Hi there. This is Jess Stratton and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. What's involved in going on a trip nowadays? Well, you have to start by looking up the address in your contacts or calendar, then you have to put it into your GPS, then you have to text the other person and tell them you're on your way. Then you have to fret if you get stuck in traffic or lost. And you can't let them know you're going to be late because you can't text while your'e driving. An then, you can finally get to your destination. So, why not send them a twist instead, and not even have to worry about it.
Remember, this week on Monday Productivity Pointers, we're focusing on getting to an appointments. Twist, which is an app that's available for the iPhone and Android will tell them when you'll arrive. Twist is a one-time tracker that you can send an invite to a family member, friend, customer or a colleague and invite them to see your progress throughout your trip until you get there. Now, Twist takes into account the traffic conditions, and your current speed, and we'll give them an updated report of when you're going to arrive.
So, if there is any delays, they'll get notified that your target is off the mark just a little bit. Now remember, Twist is a one time use, so they can't always see where you are at any time. However, if you ever want to send them a brand new twist with a brand new location, it's easy to do. So, I'm going to show you how easy it is to send a twist to somebody to keep them up to date about when you're going to arrive at a certain location. It's very easy. All you need, is their email address or a phone number that they can get text messages on. Alright.
Let's get started. The first thing I'm going to do once I'm in the main screen of Twist, is tap the yellow plus sign that says New Twist. I can either send a Twist to someone else to let them know when I will arrive. I can request that someone else keeps me posted when they will be arriving. Or I can even schedule a future meetup. But I'm going to tap Send so that I can tell someone when I'll be there. The first step is to put in the destination address of where you're going. Then you want to add recipients of who you want to notify.
You can add multiple recipients even. You just need a texting phone number or email address for them. Select all the names you want to be notified of your progress, and then tap Next at the bottom of your screen. The next choice, is to tap the icon to signify whether you're walking, driving, taking the bus, or riding a bike. In this case I'll be driving. Finally, simply tap, Create Twist. Twist can sense motion on the device, so it won't update anyone until you've actually left to be on your way.
I've even started to twist at the airport to get on a plane, and it does update the other person every time I start moving from every connection. You can add anyone at any time by tapping the Plus button at the top of the screen. And that's it. Twist is a great app that will give the recipients a continuously updated time frame of arrival based on your speed and traffic conditions. And, you can easily request someone else to send you a twist, so that you can be ready for whenever your guests will arrive. Its a perfect app for long trips where there's lots of variables like traffic.
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