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Calendar Add-ons

I'm hardly the diehard NBA fan. For me, there are far too many games to track during the season. (Football. 17 weeks. One game per team per week. That's my speed.) But now that the NBA Finals are here - it's time to start paying attention. (Yeah, I'm one of those...)

So what does this have to do with tech? Well, thanks to a new Google calendar feature launched today, I don't have to remind myself that it's time to tune into basketball. The NBA Finals schedule has been turned into a Google Calendar gadget, which means that with the click of a mouse, I've added it to my own personal calendar - complete with reminders and all.

The idea of adding event or special interest calendars isn't necessarily new - Yahoo has allowed users to add holidays and sport team schedules, among other things, for some time. And AOL's calendar also lets users add things like movie releases, moon phases and a recipe of the day feature. But neither has the lineup of offerings like Google's.

So what else is there? For the Washington crowd, there are calendars that will track appearances by Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain and Rudy Guiliani. Movie lovers can add Netflix's calendar of DVD release dates. For the Hollywood folks, there's a calendar of celebrity birthdays. Even gamers can add a calendar of game release dates.

Tonight, it's Game 1 between the Cavs and Spurs. My Google calendar tells me that tip-off is 9 p.m. Eastern.

By Sam Diaz  |  June 8, 2007; 8:00 AM ET  | Category:  Sam Diaz
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Hi Sam,

The next add-on could be something like BaseCamp where you can create your project and improve the communication among your community.

Yes, your life as a project: Your life in an add-on.

This is next, Sam.

Mario Ruiz

Posted by: Mario Ruiz | June 11, 2007 4:49 AM

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