29 December, 1999yourorganiser.com.au, Australia's first online calender, launches New Year's Day
The online calender market is poised to take off in this country with the launch of yourorganiser.com.au on January 1, an Australian first. The online interactive diary and address book, offering e-mail reminders, task lists and event listings, joins a growing international online calender market predicted to reach 60 million users worldwide by 2002, according to technology analysts, IDC.
In a recent computer magazine article, the potential impact of the online calender market was compared to the explosion of free email. Said John Hilvert, "As with free email, these sites offer basic services, paid for by advertising banners on the site, yet they may prove the next killer application on the Net". (source: Australian PC User magazine, September, 1999).
With yourorganiser.com.au, the site is password protected and as a member you are able to access your own personal diary where you can log in meetings, appointments, 'to do' items and personal events such as birthdays and anniversaries. The address book manages all your business and personal contacts and as with the diary is accessible from any browser anywhere in the world.
With the event calender, you are able to select public holidays for over 30 countries; up to seven religious calenders; and sports fixtures for over 20 sports, including all four major Australian football codes: Australian Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union and Australian Soccer. In addition, there is international tennis, cricket and golf. Once selected the events are logged into your diary.
In February 2000, yourorganiser will also add synchronisation to both handheld (eg: the Palm family of hand held organisers) and desktop calenders (Microsoft(R) Outlook(TM) and Lotus(R) Organiser(TM) and Notes). In addition, there will be SMS (short message service) and WAP (Wireless application Protocol). Using WAP, you will be able to access your diary, address book and the 'to do' list from an enabled mobile phone. As well as reminders being sent by email to your computer, using SMS they can also be sent to your mobile.
yourorganiser.com.au also intends to add a gift suggestion engine at a later date to lock into special event, birthday and anniversary reminders. The company has already signed 25 significant partners including Dymocks, Roses Only, dStore, and Downbeat Music suppliers.
The company has global aspirations with the diary site, populated with local sports listings, set to be launched in the UK at yourorganiser.co.uk in April 2000.