I’ve always loved having everyone at work be able to see my calendar in Outlook and thus, at least in theory, be able to schedule meetings appropriately. (There are plenty of people who don’t bother using this feature and schedule meetings with me over top of other meetings. Annoying.) I can lock down private events if I don’t want the whole world to know what I’m doing.

I would love to be able to do the same thing with my friends and see what they’re up to. Does anyone use a site that allows you to do this?

Here are the use cases I’m envisioning:

  • synchronizing from my PDA to some web-based PIM that includes calendar and address book
  • setting different permissions for different events (like Friends Groups on LJ, or Groups in ACT!) or at least being able to mark events private
  • being able to select some set of friends from my address book and comparing their schedules (just like the meeting function in Outlook)
  • invite friends to a “meeting” or “gathering” or “event” or whatever (like evite.com)
  • track the responses to the meeting request through the web-based interface (like evite.com)

Anyone know of anything that fulfills these requirements?

Web-based PIM with calendar sharing?

8 thoughts on “Web-based PIM with calendar sharing?

  • December 6, 2004 at 11:04 am

    I think MSN calendar will do some or all of those things – but its not free.

    Yahoo calendar doesnt seem to be able to do much.

    Maybe there is an opportunity here to create something…

  • December 6, 2004 at 1:50 pm

    Heh. I call dibs on the B.A. role. Got any spare time to develop it? 🙂

  • December 7, 2004 at 1:34 am

    I’ll ask my friendslist – I have a vague feeling someone posted something like this in the last couple of months.

  • December 7, 2004 at 2:02 am

    I use Yahoo calendar. It has some of the features you’re looking for but not all.

    You can select friends from your address book and give them different levels of sharing permissions (View or Modify).

    You can set events to Public, Private or just Busy.

    You can invite friends to meetings and view their responses.

    It does have a calendar and an address book and you can export to a PDA (I think).

  • December 7, 2004 at 2:04 am

    Heck, I’d love that for all the outside meetings I need to schedule for *work*. (pointed here by Zem)

  • December 8, 2004 at 3:09 am

    http://www.localendar.com does some of what you desire.
    Outlook 2003 has the “publish your calendar” functionality.
    willing to bet could whip something tasty up.


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