Holiday party-planning poll: Evite, or some other site?
This happens every November: After months of inactivity, I start seeing multiple Evite invitations in my inbox. Then I dust off my own Evite account too.
I think I know why this happens: A lot of holiday gatherings recur every year. And if you're hosting the seventh annual [seasonal theme here] party and your circle of friends hasn't changed much since the sixth iteration of the event, the easiest way to tell your pals about will be to duplicate the invitation you created last year on Evite. You probably did the same thing last year, and the year before, and so on going all the way back to 2003--when Evite still counted as an innovative social-networking site.
Things have gotten a little better at Evite since I ranted about its "exasperating inertia" in 2007. It has a mobile-Web site, you can post invitations on Facebook and its interface has been redesigned (with the occasional hiccup).
But it remains fundamentally disconnected from your address book. A year ago, I would have expected Facebook--which doesn't have that issue and, with more than 500 million active users compared to Evite's 18 million, has almost 28 times the audience--to have stomped Evite into the dust. That hasn't happened, to judge from my own e-mail. Two reasons come to mind: There's always a few people you'd like to invite who aren't on Facebook, and we've all grown leery of centralizing even more of our social lives on that site.
(You've memorized the fact that Post Co. chairman Donald E. Graham sits on Facebook's board of directors, right? You should also know that the chief executive and chairman of Evite's parent company IAC, Barry Diller, sits on the Post Co.'s board.)
And Evite remains a nag--like when it asks you to fill out a profile after RSVPing to an event. No thanks, Evite; I am officially profiled out. I don't need yet another site asking me to upload a profile picture and list my hometown and interests.
Yet I've got about six Evites on my calendar for next month. (I should have seven, but the host seems to have forgotten to put a current e-mail address on that invitation. FYI to all: Please take firstname.lastname@example.org out of your Evite address book.)
Consider this post your invitation to take the poll below, then explain your choice in the comments--and, if you've got a recommendation to make for online invitation management, please share it there.
| November 18, 2010; 10:48 AM ET
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