If you need to set up a dinner date with friends or a meeting with colleagues, the most difficult part of the chore has to be finding a day and time when everyone is free. The usual process is that you call one person, find out their schedule, then call another and see if the dates match up, and so on and so forth. It’s tiring, tedious and there has to be an easier way to do this.
Well, there is. Select The Date makes it so easy to set up an event that you’ll end up wondering how you could have ever done without it before.
Scheduling meetings online is a pain, period. If you think Skype makes your life easy, well, think twice. First of all, you need to have an account with them, then download and install their bulky software, then pester your friends to do the same if they haven’t done so already (True story). Though this makes sense for heavy users on the longer run, it’s too much pain if you just want to have a casual conversation with your friends or just interviewing a potential hire.
Isn’t there any light weight solution that makes ad-hoc meetings simple? Google+ hangout is an interesting option, but that would again mean registering an account in their social network and adding your “friends” to it. No, I need an app that doesn’t require any setup whatsoever. In my endless quest to find the perfect app, I stumbled upon meetings.io. It looks promising at first-glance, so join us as we take it for a spin to see if its the group video chat app we’ve always needed.
Sharing feedback is one of the most important aspects of teamwork. It’s what gets (and keeps) everyone on the same page and helps to ensure everyone is working together properly towards a common goal. This is easily achieved in face-to-face meetings… But it’s 2011, so how does one get comprehensive, coherent and usable feedback via the web?
The team behind ConceptBoard seems to have an answer: their web app provides a space to display and discuss files and ideas and get everyone’s points of view into focus. Is this the meeting-killer miracle you’ve been waiting for?
In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting yaM. The developer describes yaM (yet another meeting) as an app that lets you prepare and run collaborative online meetings where every participant can edit the agenda, make notes, upload files and more. Best of all, it plays nice with Google Apps and Evernote.
Read on for more information and screenshots!
Effortless and meetings are two words that don’t go well together. They are contradict with each other so much, they would make the term “effortless meetings” an oxymoron. Even with the help of enterprise grade calendering and scheduling apps, planning an all hands meeting might be a tiresome process.
A lot of Web 2.0 apps have tried to solve the issue of scheduling. Meetin.gs is the newest one among them. The web app screams about making all your scheduling tasks simply effortless, breaking organizational boundaries. Does it really deliver?
When I was in college (4 years ago, for those of us keeping count), I had the pleasure of being the Student Government’s first ever Director of Technology, cementing myself as the school’s top geek (at least top social geek). We’d have bi-weekly meetings to discuss pending bills, campus updates, and more. After each meeting, the secretary would type up her hand written minutes, email them to everyone on Student Government, and have me upload a copy to the website. While it was a cumbersome process, I didn’t really explore a better way to do things. After using minutes.io, I now know there is a now considerably better way to take meeting notes.
minutes.io is a very simple (and beautifully designed) way to to keep meeting notes. It doesn’t require a login and its got a lot of great features packed into such a focused app. Let’s take a closer look.
Remember the days of actually having meetings face-to-face? Sitting around a table in suits discussing finance and such? Well, time’s have changed and now we do our collaboration online. I can collaborate with a colleague in Australia from my home in the UK thanks to a wealth of online collaboration tools.
MeetingBurner is another online meeting tool, currently in beta, with some pretty nice enhancements over what the competition currently offers. MeetingBurner advertises itself as being one of the easiest meeting platforms to just get involved with, and it’s certainly pretty simple therein. Not only will MeetingBurner reignite your love for screen-sharing, but it will also stream the host’s webcam to get a visual conferencing experience.
Time is of the essence. At least, it is when you work for yourself. Every self employed freelancer dreads wasting it and yet there seem to be so many niggling tasks that suck it away. Arranging meetings with clients, team mates, or other freelancers can be one of these tasks that simply takes longer than it should.
And time has been on my mind of late. So yesterday I looked at how to use Setster to take the pain out of organizing appointments with clients. Today, let’s look at 5 web apps that are intended to make meeting organizing and calendar management more efficient.