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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Alternatives to Google Calendar

In a recent piece on getting organized, I suggested using Google Calendar. And, although I like the product (it’s simple to use, reliable and it’s constantly being updated with useful features), I got some negative feedback from folks who don’t like it as much. Their complaints were primarily that it should have more “bells and whistles” and that it doesn’t have enough social sharing features. There were also those who feel that Google has too strong a hold on their lives (or is trying to) and that they’d like to avoid using another Google product.

There are a number of alternative calendar and scheduling apps, here are a few you might like to check out.  

1Calendar – along with the stuff you’d expect, strong Facebook integration. https://1calendar.com/

30boxes – strong integration with social networks and blogging platforms; full customization of the experience and interface available. http://30boxes.com/

Braveapps – along with the stuff you’d expect, plus you can also customize the calendar to match and the theme of your website; not strong on social network integration. www.braveapps.com/

Cozi – family oriented; includes social network integration. www.cozi.com/

Coolendar – interface looks more like a task manager than a typical calendar; includes social network integration. http://www.coolendar.com/

CalendarFly – focused on groups that need automatic maintenance of various team member schedules (families, schools, etc.); not strong on social network integration. www.CalendarFly.com

Genbook – beyond a calendar with a complete online appointment booking system; not strong on social network integration. www.genbook.com/

Jiffle – business oriented for quick and simple scheduling of appointments and meetings; not strong on social network integration. www.jifflenow.com/

Mixin – focused on your social life for sharing agenda and making plans with friends; you can automatically attach pictures and videos to events; includes social network integration. http://www.mixin.com/

Scheduly – focused on businesses who want their customers to book appointments; includes social network integration. www.scheduly.com/

TimeBridge – an appointment scheduling solution; good add on to your current calendar such as iCal, Google, Outlook; not strong on social network integration. http://timebridge.com/

TimeTrade – focused on scheduling for business; not strong on social network integration. www.timetrade.com/

Tungle – set meetings by proposing multiple times without double-booking; includes social network integration. www.tungle.me.com/

Web Calendar – for the do-it-yourselfer; open source, self-hosted, supports a variety of databases (MySQL, Oracle, etc.); not strong on social network integration. http://php.opensourcecms.com/scripts/details.php?scriptid=180&name=Webcalendar

Which Time – ultra simple, for adding and updating events; not strong on social network integration. www.whichtime.com/

OK, there are some Google Calendar alternatives (FYI, I have no special interest in any of these, nor do I derive income for any of them). Since this list was inspired by feedback from folks like you:  Do you use one of these or are you happy with Google Calendar? Are you more comfortable planning with a task or project manager like Flow or Omnifocus? Let me know; I’d like to hear what you use and why it’s your preference. 

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