Whether you agree with it or not, our lives are becoming more social than they ever have been before. With the likes of Facebook and Twitter, social networking has taken off more than we could have imagined it would five years ago. We want people to know what we are doing and we want to comment on what others are doing in their lives as well.
So it’s no wonder that the developers at Rock City LLC have figured out a way to make the calendar more social. I will admit, at first glance at this app, I thought to myself, “Why in the world would I want to share with others what I have on my calendar?” But the more I started to use UpTo, the more I realized how handy and fun it could be.
UpTo As a Calendar App
The nice thing about UpTo is that there really is not much in the way of setting up the app. When you download it, it will connect to your calendar on your iPhone and then display all of your events in a nice timeline. Once they are all synced, one of the nice features is that you can use it as a standalone calendar app if you want. Calendar events can be added through the app and will be synced to your iPhone and vice versa.
Another cool feature is that UpTo provides you a calendar with a heat map. Yes, a heat map, which is actually pretty neat because it analyzes your day and depending on how busy you are, the “heat” of the date will change. For example, if you have a very busy day, that date on the calendar will be red. I like this because it gives you a quick glance at your month and you can easily see where there are days that you are very busy and cannot schedule anything.
Making Your Calendar Social
This is where the meat of the app comes into play, where the social aspect combines with the calendar. To keep it simple, there are two social features that UpTo uses. The first is the most obvious, where you can share your events to other people. All you have to do is click on the + button on an event and you can share your time with your friends on Twitter, Facebook and email.
Another way you can share your event is by creating your own groups of friends. You can find them either through Facebook or your address book, and then you can organize them into groups that work for you. The other feature that makes UpTo a social calendar app is the fact that you can comment on events that you share and your friends can as well.
This is the word that immediately comes to mind after playing around with this app for a week or so. At first, I was a bit skeptical about this app and thought they are just trying to ride on the coattails of the social movement. But the more I played with it, the more it started to make sense and I got to thinking that this could actually work.
When you think about it, most of us revolve our plans around ourselves and one or more people. For example, my wife and I are constantly calling each other or talking at night about our calendars. UpTo makes it very easy to share out events with your friends and family. Maybe you are trying to plan a family get-together. This is a great way to send out an invite to people and they can even respond with comments inside of the app. UpTo will definitely not replace your favorite calendar app — at least not yet — but it is a great way to share events. I am not sure if it is in their plans or not, but it definitely would be intriguing if their long-term goal is to make a fully featured calendar app.
When you take a look at UpTo, the app itself is a very solid one with a great looking user interface and some great features. Really, there isn’t another one on the App Store like it. The one thing that did bug me a bit about it is that it was somewhat sluggish at times. Also, with an app like this, you need to have other people using it in order to take advantage of all the features it has to offer. That may be a turn off for some, but it is definitely worth trying out. You can grab it on the App Store for free, so go and get it and start sharing your life events with the people close to you.
A calendar that you can use to share your events with your social networks and others.8