I’m absolutely terrible at keeping in touch with people. I’ll go weeks without calling my parents, and sometimes months will pass before I’ll respond to an email from a distant friend. (I’m also a horrible texter, but I’m blaming Google Voice for a lot of that.) I beat myself up about it a few months back and decided I really had to do better.
The first step is acknowledging you have a problem. The second step, in this case, was to build an Android app to help me. Yes, it’s a little embarrassing to admit that I need an app to remind me to talk to people. “Hey everyone, my phone has to coach me on my people skills!” Incredibly humbling, but it works. The occasional nudge to take a moment to say hello to my friend or call my mom has been extremely helpful in keeping the conversations flowing. And if you’re dealing with the same problem I am, maybe it can help you too.
So here it is. It’s called keep in touch, or kit for short. It will keep track of any phone calls or text messages between you and your friends, and notify you when you haven’t been keeping up with them as much. You can contact your friends directly from the notification or within the app. There are also some pretty stats to look at.
I’ve been working on kit off and on for far too long now, and while there’s still a lot more I’d like to do with it, it’s reached the point where I need to slap a “DONE” sticker on it for my own peace of mind. (Finished is better than perfect, they say.) So please, try it out, and feel free to share any feedback/requests you have.