Event planning Web 2.0 style is for all types of events, parties, corporate gatherings, luncheons, and any other social activities where people meet up.
These Web 2.0 style web sites are not just party or event planners. While they do have planning aspects, they also help with invitations, and most importantly, they provide multiple ways to share the event information with invitees.
Social Planning Event Idea Generator Web Sites
Web site address: http://www.suggestlocal.com
Tagline: “Everyday events made easy.”
Reality: Meetingplace generator.
Type of Events: Company luncheons, casual gatherings, family events.
Suggest Local is a low-key generator to help people find a certain type of meeting venue in a specific city. Select a type of venue and a city. Suggest Local generates a list of appropriate locations for a business meetings, a casual gathering, or a family event.
Make your own list from the suggested list, and personalize it with your own ideas and thoughts in the “Notes” section. Share your selections with friends, or view their list. Share the sites with IMs, emails, or on Suggest Local pages. Also share maps.
Suggest Local will work for groups that can actually agree on the same things, like where to go for lunch today.
Web site address: www.planjam.com
Tagline: “What’s your jam?”
Reality: An event idea generator.
Type of Events: Dating, local outings, travel plans, events.
Planjam is one of the most entertaining interactive event planners on the web. First, select from dating, local, travel or events. Type in your zip code.
Now comes the fun part. Planjam generates a list of related activities. When you pick an event, by dragging and dropping its image, the Planjam keeps tabs on how much money and time it will cost you.
The biggest limitation of Planjam is that it is currently limited to very select cities. The other limitation is that the cost aspect, while interesting, may not be entirely accurate.
Easy Social Planning Invite Web Sites
Web site address: http://www.goovite.com/
Tagline: “Have a goo’ time.”
Reality: Basic, easy-to-use event invitations.
Goovite is a simple, no frills way to invite people to your next event with email, and track RSVPs.
Time to Meet
Web site address: www.timetomeet.info
Tagline: “Find a time without wasting any.”
Reality: Could be useful for business.
Type of Events: Any type of meeting.
Time to Meet is similar to Meet With Approval. Two or more people (otherwise it’s not really a meeting, is it?) can sign in an see a page with everyone’s availability times.
The most useful aspect of Time to Meet is how it can easily help coordinate schedule for those involved in overseas conference calling.
Time to Meet synchronizes with iCal, Google, and Outlook. Basic use is free, there is a fee for the Pro account.
Social Planning Meet Up Sites with a Lack of Focus
Meet With Approval
Web site address: www.meetwithapproval.com
Tagline: None. The descriptor reads, “A great idea for meetings, parties, friends, reunions, weekends, corporate events.”
Reality: Trying to meet with approval from too many groups of people.
Type of Events: All types.
Meet With Approval is trying to appeal to everyone with one simple and easy-to-use format. The problem is that this form does not appeal to everyone. It is not fun enough for friends or weekend planning. It seems too informal for business meetings and corporate events. Meet With Approval would do better to offer different templates appropriate to fun or to business.
On the plus side, it is very easy to go in and create a meeting page and invite friends or colleagues. It can be useful for groups of people who always need to “check their schedules” before committing to a meeting date and time. Through Meet With Approval people can more easily come to an agreement on meeting dates.
Web site address: http://mitup.com/
Tagline: None. The descriptor reads “the easiest and most enjoyable way to organize your events.”
Reality: MitUp might be easy, but it is also boring.
Type of Events: Casual
While MitUp claims to be a way to plan events and “meet up with your friends, throw parties, set up meetings with your partners” it is better suite to casual events than business events. Like Meet With Approval its plain Jane approach attempt to attract everyone will attract no one. MitUp needs to decide if its better suited for business or pleasure, and conduct itself accordingly.