Google Calendar went live with a directory of public calendars, so you can quickly add calendars of interest (you could search for shared calendars before, but to be able to browse them too is a nice addition). The gallery includes categories like “top picks”, “TV shows”, “holidays” or “by Google”.
After adding a calendar, you can see it integrated as part of your main calendar, color-coded as usual. You can also then set up event reminders (like SMS alerts).
- Netflix DVD rental availability dates
- Boston events, via Boston.com
- Music events in LA, via Eventful.com
- Calendars tracking where & when politicians (like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton) show up
- TV showtimes for e.g. Sex and the City or The Daily Show
- Google-related developer events
- A celebrity birthday reminder
- and much more…
Google in a press release emphasizes that calendars in the directory can be viewed by anyone regardless of whether they’re using Google Calendar. Just pick the linked title for a specific calendar, and a frame with the upcoming events will pop up.
To have your own Calendar be added to the directory, Google in a help entry suggests to simply make it public. They might be manually looking for quality calendars, or perhaps automatize the directory by taking into account the subscriber numbers (“Google Calendar automatically categorizes public calendars into” the available categories, the help states).
What’s next, perhaps Calendar gadgets (in the spirit of the recent Google Mapplets announcements)?
Source:→ Google Blogoscoped
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