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The easiest way to plan your get together

Developer description

Quickly find the best time to meet. Suggest dates and invite friends to vote - no app or account ... More

Editor's review

Published 21 Jul 2017

Coordinating meetings and get togethers used to be so simple. Just pick up the phone and call the relevant parties was the way to go. It was effective but hardly dynamic, though. Then social media sites reared their ugly heads and everything changed. Suddenly we were able to contact people on mass and share everything - including details of the event and the photos that accompanied them. Then the social media sites like Facebook turned into behemoths. Gone was the intimacy and privacy that existed before. These days, people are spread over a number of different social networks and many are turning away from Facebook because it seems to be filled with adverts and Trumpisms.

As a result, there have been a number of niche social networks cropping up all over the place. Each seems to have its own unique slant on the art of community. goHappy is a new social meeting and planning app for iOS that fulfils its role very nicely. It's an app that both professionals and regular folk will find very useful for planning and reporting on events. Whether it's a wedding, a sports event, a vacation, a night out with friends or a town hall meeting, goHappy lets users plan the right time to get together. Just suggest a few possible dates for the event and invite friends to vote on the most popular and convenient one. It won't even matter whether they have the app or an account. Once decided upon, everyone can track the planned event, chat in private in real time whenever they wish and and share photos after the event has finished.

There are plenty of great features in the goHappy app. It's simple to create invites. Give your plan a name, choose some potential dates', a venue, a photo and any other notes and send it out to your friends who can text back their RSVP. You can either add invitees synced up from your existing contacts or create a link that can be copied, texted or emailed to an existing contact list. goHappy will integrate with your calendar to check your availability and automatically add events as you go. Once your replies are in you can easily manage them in the app and plan for the event without having to dodge back and forth between different apps. And so you can keep a record of the great time you and your friends have had together you can receive and share everyone's photos from the event.

The advantages of using goHappy rather than texting, phoning or using Facebook are obvious. For a start, you'll get a quicker response from interested parties and you'll be able to nail down that get together or event twice as quick as with texting. Your friends wont even need to have the app installed or have an account in order to be a part of the action. All participants' calendars can be automatically synced with the plans so that everyone knows what's happening all the time. You can chat before, during and after the event to work out the fine details and quickly and easily send updates and reminders. Many people are rightly nervous of posting photos of their kids on Facebook for safety and security reasons. With goHappy, all the photos from the event will be stored together in one place just for the participants to see.

We all know the difficulties in organising a get together with friends. It's even tougher if it's a council meeting where many of the people don't even know each other. It involves countless phone calls, emails or text messages to keep everyone informed. goHappy is not only easier, it also ensures a better turnout . There are countless groups right across the spectrum of the community who will benefit from the organisational abilities of goHappy. They include civic and business groups, meet-up and school groups, sports teams and local neighborhood groups as well as friends, families and folks just wanting to get together for a night out. The app itself looks great and features a clean and easy to navigate user interface and is mobile and tablet ready. It's available now for iPhone and iPad in the App Store and it's free.

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