Evite replacement

Via Signal vs. Noise, I’ve found Goovite, a free, lightweight invitation management system recently announced by the folks at goodexperience.com.

It’s new and still needs a little work, but it looks like it might become a good Evite replacement.

At all of two days old, it’s obviously in it’s early stages, and still has some issues to work out, notably the lack of a privacy policy. Based on what I can see of the creators and the reference from 37signals, I’d assume they’re going to be much more trustworthy than Evite/Ticketbastard (it’s hard to imagine how they could actually be worse, short of being a front for Alan Ralsky or one of his ilk). Even so, they really need something in black and white before I can recommend using their service.

Aside from that, the service looks promising. It’s simple, clean, easy to use, and isn’t choked with advertising the way Evite is. It sends out the invitations in plain text, including the entire content of the invitation — it doesn’t make you click through to their site and look at banner ads just to see what you’ve been invited to. Hopefully it’ll take off.


hexed says:

I think that WE need to make our own evite replacement! By and for our own groups of friends! And maybe keep it invite-only to make it not explode and end up costing us thousands and thousands of dollars.

Afterall… we’d make it cooler and we know we can trust US.

kchrist says:

You serious? I’m up for it.

kscaldef says:

I’ve come very close to doing this. Currently, though, I think that it violates my employment contract. It’s a bit of a problem working at a place like Yahoo, where they have something that does almost anything, even if some of it sucks. (For example, Yahoo invites aren’t really a viable alternative to evite because you can only make the description 250 characters. And, they have no themes.)

What I would do is just make is an open source product that anyone can run on any apache server. That way, you don’t have to deal with being forced to try to make money to pay for hosting a zillion people using it. You just run a demo site, and let other people host instances (with whatever usage restrictions they want).

kchrist says:

If I were to do something like this I’d combine the two approaches. I’d host an installation for my friends to use and allow anyone else to download and run it themselves. I’d have to build in a way of toggling access between public and private, allowing anyone to sign up vs. giving out authorization codes to just friends (perhaps by making my first invitation be an invitation to use the system).