Oops. As many of you have noticed, yesterday I accidentally posted my personal to-do list onto this blog. I realized my mistake only when a fellow Googler IM’d me: “any idea what’s going on here? Just checked the blog, and there’s a new (inexplicable) post.” Soon after, I unpublished the post – because I’m assuming that you, our dear readers, aren’t too interested in reading about my weekend activities (cleaning my shelves) and that I’m shopping for tofu and one large cabbage this weekend.
Here’s what happened: I was testing out a feature that allows you to create and edit blog posts in Docs and publish them directly to your blog. I picked a to-do list that my wife and I collaborate on for our weekend chores and grocery list. Then I clicked “Share” and “Publish as a web page” (thinking that I’d be posting to a test blog of mine). One button click later, my list was out there for the world to see. I’ve since changed my settings to not post to this blog.
Embarrassed… yes. Next time I’ll try to be a little less trigger-happy with the ‘Post to blog’ button.
Don’t get too excited, but it’s possible we might soon see a “ToDo” list launch from Google.
OK, I know some of you are already yawning, but a ToDo list really is an important component of any office suite of products and, as simple as it should be to build one, there’s no excuse for Google to not offer one.
Why the speculation? It’s somewhat tenuous, but someone spotted a post at the official Google Docs Blog that was subsequently deleted.
a) We might get a ToDo list from Google, but the news was published too soon.
b) Someone posted their grocery list to the wrong blog.
Since dumping Office, I’ve missed the awesomeness of the Outlook ToDo list–even Remember the Milk leaves me wanting. If Google can offer a ToDo list that sits alongside my Gmail & Calendar, I’d be in task-list heaven.