Online event planning is as old as the Internet itself. Spend a few bucks (or not) and a web app will do most of the heavy lifting, making you the perfect host. People are very much accustomed to receive evites and RSVPing online as the entire process makes lives easier for the event planner and attendees alike.
But what if you are looking to break the tradition of inviting only friends and acquaintances for a get together or a soft ball game? How to invite people in your locale who happen to enjoy dunking hoops or pitching a ball but aren’t in your contact list? That’s where Plangr fits the bill perfectly. Follow me after the fold to find exactly how novel the app is.
Plangr helps you find the best people for the best events in any area. People share plans every day on Plangr to meet up nearby. Keep up with them and share their taste and experience. Alternatively, you can create and share your events with others too.
The more you and your friends plan, the better recommendations you get to explore and plan your experiences. Plangr is a free and open to all.
I had a tough time signing up for the app and was getting one error message after another for about a week. However, I couldn’t say for sure if this issue was an isolated incident or a problem with the authentication part of the web app. I tried checking with online ping services, but unfortunately they don’t check past the homepage link, which worked fine all the time. If you experience similar issues, do let us know in the comments section.
Plangr sports a minimal, laid back user interface, contrary to the party aggregator vibe it promotes on the homepage. It’s not necessarily a bad thing and the no frills design makes the app more intuitive.
Finding an Event to Attend
First things first. There is a hard to miss map at the centre of the page and if you want to jump right in, check out the events shown in various locations. There is a very good chance the map might not be pointing to the location you have in mind, so type in the location and date. Location auto suggest works like a charm, but the app slows down quite a bit at times when executing a search.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many events planned using the web app as of now, and the listings should get better with time as more people use it. In my case, I was able to find a few events going on down in NYC, which were highlighted in the map by appropriate icons fitting the theme of the event.
You can access the event details page by clicking on the name of the event on the map. The event details page is everything you expect it to be. Details of the party, the guests, the organizer and the detailed location of the event on a map are standard ingredients.
Creating an Event
Gate crashing a party is not as much fun as putting together one! In any case, let us check out how to create our own event using Plangr. The web app comes with multiple calendar views, each with its own purpose. Just toggle between them to plan your own or find other events to attend. Use Cal and ForCal to create private events and delegate event chores to your friends respectively.
In our case, WithCal is the most useful. Fill in the title, date and location of the event. You can send out invites from the same form too. If you want the event to be a simple affair, restrict the maximum number of participants and use the check box to lock the event down to your friends only. The priority marker might come in handy if you are planning multiple events at the same time.
Finally, select if you want the event to be publicly listed on Plangr or not and the event will be created instantly. Visit the Advanced Details section to add more information that doesn’t fit into the form.
Plangr does a splendid job bringing people together and share some great times together. It does a lot of things fabulously, at an unbeatable price attached to it – free! However, it isn’t like the app is perfect. For instance, the app could really use a better user interface design. The current UI is uninspiring and doesn’t suit the mood.
Another thing that might need a little bit of attention is their copy. Sure, there are a lot sentences and screenshots trying very hard to impress upon the user the value of the app. But, the message isn’t coherent. A streamlined copy would make a whole lot of difference. So, the next time you are bored and are looking to have a fun get together, try Plangr and see how better things turn out to be!
Share Your Thoughts!
Are you impressed by Plangr? Do you think social event planning might make it easy for miscreants to gate crash your event?