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Plangr

Online Local Event Network


Tiny
Published 05/04/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Plangr is an online activity finder that helps users discover what’s going on in their city. Users can view event listings and suggest events. The application lets users find unique activities and meet new people by participating in an activity or event. Plan joining features gives users an easy way to plan to attend an event with a group rather than going alone. Event listings include a small image, date and time and whether the event is confirmed and valid. Embedded Google Maps help users find the location before attending. User profiles are also listed with images, activity feeds and stats that display punctuality and reliability. Built in calendars make it easy for users to create events and plan their activity schedule.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Plangr was created to give internet users an easy way to find out what real life activities are going on in their community. The concept is solid and the application has a lot of potential through the numerous features that it comes with. The service hasn’t yet caught on with many internet users. It has received attention from some reviewers and maintains a growing user community but could use a few improvements to grab more attention.

What are the differences to other apps?

Plangr comes with just about everything a user could want when finding and attending an event. Users can search for local events or add new events. The application also supports group attendees. Users can go alone or commit to going with other Plangr users, even if they don’t know them personally. This approach also gives users a fun way to meet others with similar interests that could potentially turn into long term friendships.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Plangr seems to have it all, but lacks in the area of design. The homepage is confusing. The user is presented with screenshots and text that seem to explain everything, but in a way that isn’t coherent. The user may have a hard time understanding what Plangr can do for them when they first arrive. This could lead to a lot of missed opportunities as visitors head for more familiar territory through other event and activity listing websites.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join Plangr by clicking the light grey “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The form on the next page asks for a full name, email address and password. The user is advised that they must check their email for an activation message after submitting the form. This must be accessed before the user can login. Two buttons are also available to the right of the registration form for users who prefer to login with a Facebook or Google account.

What does it cost to use the application?

Plangr is available to all users for free. There are no purchase requirements and the user doesn’t have to subscribe. All users receive access to all current features and listings. This is a good thing because the site really needs new users to sign up and start posting events or joining existing events. Much of the activity and appeal relies on user participation, so charging a fee would be asking a bit much.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Plangr is an interesting option for users who are looking for events in their area. The service comes with attractive features, but it isn’t well designed for users who aren’t willing to put in a little time to explore and learn. Users may also find that many areas are not well-covered by Plangr’s budding community. Users can sign up and check back every now and again, but may prefer to use Plangr as a supplementary event resource.

  • Create an online profile
  • See upcoming events in a city or community
  • Review event specifics including dates, times and locations
  • Manage online calendars and add events
  • Attend events with a group through Plangr


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