30 Boxes

The latest Web 2.0 app to gain oooh’s and aahh’s is 30boxes.com, an online calendar app. It’s just launched an open beta (Is there ANY web app that actually launched as a beta and has publicly said it’s out of that phase. I’m looking at you Google & Flickr.) Functionality is rich in some respects in that it’s purely web based but light in others. For example it can pick up any rss feed – Flickr, your website feed etc and link the images and posts to the day they were published. Equally it has strong support for import and export of data and also tagging support.

But why can’t the tags and hence the appointment be coloured? No pda support? Do I really want to share my calendar with everyone? Good for a small workgroup or business but not too practical for me to be sharing my calendar with everyone else although I don’t have to share – it’s just a much lauded feature of this app that I won’t use.

Still – early days and it is a beta so I’m hoping there is much to come including a bigger server as it’s currently swamped. I love little touches like entering appointments in english and it works out when the appointment is. Neat.

5 Comments

  1. It should be called 28 Boxes really 😛

  2. Agreed. Very odd name. Especially as the domain 28boxes.com is available…I wonder how long for? Still say it’s a niche market although as with all other Web 2.0 wonders they are no doubt waiting for a fat paycheck and then they can blame it on the big company that bought them out.

  3. Ian,

    Thanks for posting about our just released beta. Some additional info…

    We have limited highlighting: you can highlight by tag under the Find menu. you can tag and event blue and it will be in a blue font (we’ll add some more of those easter eggs). and you will soon be able to host and hack the css to create your own theme/scheme

    You can access the calendar and One Box on any xhtml mobile client at
    http://m.30boxes.com

    We are working on our developer API and believe syncing will come from that community.

    FINALLY,

    30 Boxes refers to the interface. the One Box add (#1), 4 weeks of days (#2-29), and the pop up day view (#30)

  4. And I thought is just sounded better than 28… live and learn.

  5. Thanks for the info. Still think 30 sounded better and you spent a while coming up with a way to get from 28 to 30.

    The Easter Eggs are nice but I would get a whole load more from the app if the help had more info….which it now does. Great – can even add colour to the tags which is just what I need. Google maps too. Next on the list of fixes is UK date format. month/day/year is so hard to get used to.

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