Why I love Google Events

The Creative Collective director Yvette Adams.
The Creative Collective director Yvette Adams.

LIKE many in the tech world I've been watching with interest as Google released its answer to Facebook - Google+ - and its growing collection of features. In June last year, they rolled out Google Events, and I have to say, I'm a big fan.

I love the fact that Google+ Events are seamlessly integrated with Google Calendar which is pretty helpful if, like me, you have a busy schedule and also plan events.

Like standard Google Calendar events, Google+ events also sync to your mobile device's calendar, so you have all the details you need at hand, even if you are on the go. Here's a whole lot more reasons why I love Google Events…

Pick a theme that fits the mood

Google are trying super hard to get one up on other social networks, and one offering they have with Google+ Events is the ability to pick an animated theme found under the "Featured" themes section. Or, give your invite a personal touch by creating your own theme from a picture on your phone, computer or one of your Google+ albums.

Personally I don't find the animated themes any biggie. In fact when I first used them I found them quite strange as I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me and the screen was moving! I've also found there aren't many themes that are suitable for the types of events I run, but perhaps in time to come we'll see the selection expand.

Have a live event

Can't meet up in person? Plan a video chat with your friends ahead of time by selecting the "Google+ Hangout" option when you create an event. When the hangout is scheduled to start everyone will be notified to go to the event page and join the Hangout.

Google+ Events you've created or have been invited to appear in your Google Calendar. When replying or creating an event in Google+, you can check your schedule right from the event invitation

Help your event stand out form the crowd

Probably my most favourite feature of Google+ events is the fact that it pops an event in the calendar of all those you invite whether they accept or not (yes, they do need to be on Google+ first).

Not only that, but it will stand out with a cute little angled logo, which will draw attention to those you hope to get along to your event, which will hopefully make all the difference.

By Yvette Adams, director of The Creative Collective.

T: @creativecollect

Topics:  google

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