FeedCal is a personal scheduling tool that helps users juggle a busy social schedule. The application closes the gaps between social networks and Google Calendars. The user begins by linking their profiles to FeedCal. The application automatically combs the user’s social feeds to pick out dates. The dates are added to the user’s Google Calendars account. The application is designed to work with all social networks so the user can condense all of their social events into one virtual calendar. The user can eliminate the time and effort needed to go through each of their social networking profiles to pick out event invitations and reminders. FeedCal gathers them all and puts them together so the user can manage their social schedule easily.
FeedCal was founded in June of 2011 by Sameen Karim as a product of SMK Web Design. The application was intended to provide user with a convenient tool that combined schedules from Facebook and Twitter. The application continues to evolve as social networks improve. The site announced official Facebook integration with version 2.0. Other upgrades include security improvements introduced in July of 2011, primarily because of concerns expressed by users regarding the use of the previous Google client login.
Scheduling applications seem to be a dime a dozen these days. FeedCal presents a refreshing new approach that harnesses the power of social networks. Most social networks include their own built in scheduling tools and calendars. For users who maintain accounts across different sites, this may not be helpful. FeedCal offers a way to pull everything together into one highly functional online calendar. Users can access their calendars from any device with an internet connection without logging in and out of multiple websites. FeedCal automatically updates calendars from Twitter and Facebook so no important dates are missed.
FeedCal has a very appealing, upbeat style that encourages users to find out more. The application itself actually works with three existing third party interfaces. The data is actually pulled from the user’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and compiled in Google Calendars. Each of these popular applications offers an organized dashboard and most users are already familiar with how they work. FeedCal does not complicate matters by blending seamlessly. The user doesn’t have to get used to another third party interface. They can stick to what they already know while FeedCal continues bringing in important social events from multiple networks.
A new user can join FeedCal by clicking the grey “Sign Up” button found in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The following page includes a narrow green button that asks the user to sign in with their Google account. This makes sense because the application works through Google Calendars. Users who do not have a Google account will have to create one if they want to use FeedCal’s convenient service. After signing in to Google and granting access to FeedCal, the user is asked to choose Facebook, Twitter or both as their scheduling source.
FeedCal offers free access to the first 1,000 users to sign up. After that, users will have to choose an account based on the social network(s) they use. One is for Twitter and the other for Facebook only users. Each of these includes updates every 10 minutes. A both account is available and includes updates every five minutes. The site will not list subscription fees until the initial free accounts have run out.
FeedCal.com is a convenient tool for anyone who uses Facebook and/or Twitter, primarily those who frequently schedule events through their social networking profiles. The application is currently priced very economically, making it an excellent value for interested users on a budget. The service can help the user put time back into their busy schedule by checking just one scheduling source instead of multiple accounts across different websites.