30 Boxes - Social Calendar, Weather, and Events
30 Boxes is a simple social calendar that allows users to keep track of events, blog entries and even the weather in a clean, efficient, Web-based interface. The beauty of it lies in the social aspect; your calendar is inherently private, but you can choose to share your events with others and others can share their events with you too!
Whenever you create an event on your calendar, you can choose to share the event information by sending invites via e-mail from within the 30 Boxes interface, or you can share your entire calendar. In the event that the calendar is shared, you can still mark certain events as private which keeps others from viewing them. There many ways to syndicate the public version of your calendar too, but the short of it is this: you get to decide what to share and what to keep private, and you choose who to share it with and when.
Besides the obvious advantages of keeping an online calendar that can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection, 30 Boxes provides a lot of functionality as well. You can import event data from Upcoming.org, keep track of your Flickr, MySpace and LiveJournal accounts, and import data from anyplace that provides an RSS feed. You can even syndicate the contents of your calendar on your own Web site, add your calendar to any news reader, or import your calendar to Microsoft Outlook.
Though 30 Boxes is still in beta, the developers are always looking for ways to improve upon the design and the functionality. It's completely customizable and they are even offering a full API for developers interested in non-commercial application development (link). Hopefully one day soon, I'll be able to synchronize my 30 Boxes calendar with my Palm!
Stacy Reed is Tucows' resident software librarian and editor. She has been reviewing PC and mobile software as well as web services for over a decade. Helping developers improve and promote their products is only one of her areas of expertise. Stacy is also an advocate for Open Source, Creative Commons and freeware, taking special interest in educational resources, social media, cloud sharing, and mobile technology.