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Posted in culture,diarised,life,news,projects by Made Media Ltd on January 30th, 2007

Introducing Diarised

Diarised

Introducing Diarised, a new web application from Made Media Ltd

Diarised is a simple to use web application that will help you arrange meetings. It’s completely free to use and doesn’t require any registration.

  • Diarised is free – You can schedule as many meetings as you like, and suggest unlimited dates for your meetings.
  • Diarised is easy to use – The clutter-free interfaces make organising meetings with Diarised straightforward.
  • Diarised is productive – Diarised will figure out who can attend and on which dates and notify you with a list of the best times and dates, leaving you more time to get stuff done!
  • Diarised is fast – There's no signup required, you can start using Diarised immediately.

We've striven to make Diarised as easy to use as possible and worked hard at finding the correct balance between providing information (good) and nagging (bad).

Why Diarised?

It’s an application that we wanted ourselves. An application we intend to use. There doesn’t appear to be anything else that provides a service like this - certainly not without registering or paying - so we built it ourselves. We need to arrange meetings constantly and the endless batting around of possible dates between email CC lists just drives us crazy. We think Diarised will reduce the headaches we associate with this process and that is the reason for its development. We hope you like it.

How does it work?

Well, as the home page explains, it’s a five step process.

  1. Enter the details of your proposed meeting into Diarised, including the meeting invitees and the possible times and dates for the meeting.
  2. Diarised sends out emails to all invitees.
  3. The invitees choose the times that suit them best.
  4. Once the invitees have chosen their preferred meeting dates, Diarised will tell you the best dates for your meeting.
  5. All meeting invitees will be sent an email confirming the chosen date and time

Future Developments?

No promises yet but we have ambitions of adding user accounts with added features. In particular this would let users that register (which will always remain optional) the chance to maintain a meeting history, maybe an address book and, most importantly in our view, a filestore. ‘Filestore?’ I hear you ask. Well yes. In particular a way of distributing materials relevant to any particular meeting. So it will be easy to upload agendas, previous minutes, documents for review and distribute these to those attending the meeting via web link rather than heavyweight email attachment. There’s some complexity in making this work really well but we’ve thought it through, have a plan and now just need some time to implement it.

We have other ideas for expanding Diarised but they’ll have to wait for another day. Of course, we would welcome suggestions and feedback. Enjoy.

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  1. on January 30th, 2007 at 3:51 pm Joel Samuel said,

    Nice idea guys :) You could also include in the membership bit, how individual people could use that as their own online diary in general, so when it comes to planning a meeting, the system already knows if people are busy, and people can add additional info ‘I’ve got something booked, but can cancel if needbe’ etc.

    Good Luck.

  2. on January 31st, 2007 at 3:03 pm Mark James said,

    Thanks for the feedback Joel! Although membership is not currently a feature of Diarised.com (we tried to keep it as simple and easy-to-use as possible to begin with), we think your suggestions could make a great addition to the app. We’ve added them to our list of possible future enhancements, we hope you’re finding Diarised useful in the mean time.

  3. on February 7th, 2007 at 3:25 pm Mike said,

    I like the idea and function of the site, but wished there was a “local” copy you can install on a server yourself, instead of storing all the details on yours. No offense, but sometimes people just like to keep things in the organization.

  4. on February 21st, 2007 at 9:56 pm Sam D said,

    You know being able to specify time zone would be really great, not all of us are in the UK ;)

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