Around the time of leaving imgix, I needed to call in a lot of personal favors and get in touch with people I had not talked to in a while. It pained me to see “Last Contacted: 2 years ago” next to so many folks in my inbox. And now I needed something from them.
“It would be nice if there was a tool to prevent me from getting in this position again,” I thought. Over the next few weeks, I built a web app called Personal Network.
Personal Network helps you stay in touch with your professional network by reminding you to communicate with them. If authorized, it will sync Gmail and Twitter conversations to itself so that it will not send a reminder if you have naturally been in touch. It will send you a reminder via email when it’s time to follow up.
It’s a pretty simple concept, and it’s quite effective. I’ve been dogfooding the app for the past few months. Some people use it for their professional lives, some people use it for their personal lives.
There was a time where I thought this would make the foundation for a good company. I now think otherwise, but I am still shipping this.