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Google Calendar, and its Web 2.0 potential Wednesday, 19 April 2006 8:56 pm

Posted by Dongmei in featured IT of the week, free/Open Source Software, Web 2.0, What's new at Google?!.

We all know that Yahoo calendar is the leading service in this category. 

Google has launched Google Calendar beta (GC), you may share it w/ friends, colleagues and the like, or keep it private (default), or you may open it up for every one (esp. helpful if you have a business like an art gallery, theatre, book club, or a library). The GC service will also recognise events w/i the text of Gmail messages and flag them, so you may add them into your GC instantly.

Color coding helps to keep different things (home, office, art, concerts, vacation, etc.) straight, you can also add different holiday calendars (e.g. US Holidays, China Holidays). 

It lets you quickly add an event, and view multiple calendars w/i one screen. Similar to Outlook and Evite, Google Calendar beta lets you send invitations to anyone — even to people who don't use Gmail. Event reminders, including SMS updates, will surely keep you on your toes.

GC lets you import calendars from MS Outlook, and Mac fans will love it since it syncs w/ iCal. 

You can export your schedule via RSS, and then read the feeds from a third-party newsreader.

Its unclutered interface, Web 2.0 potential, together w/ Google's powerful search capability, I think you'll like it.

For its Web 2.0 potential, read Google Calendar API + GC's Web 2.0 Potential on Search Engine Lowdown.




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