Sometimes the hassle of trying to solidify a plan with friends can be what holds me back from trying to rally up a group to hang out. Whether it be a simple hang out or trying to plan a weekend trip away, the stress of planning it can out weight the fun of the activity itself. Group text messages can get overwhelming and stressful when everyone decides to chime in at the the same time, leaving my phone on an endless loop of beeps and dings. After finding the AreYouIn? app my social life has gotten a lot more organized and simplified allowing me to focus more on having fun.
The app allows for you to create a personalized event that can only be shared with a certain amount of friends, eliminating the problem of inviting one too many. Finding your friends is made easy by being able to sync your contacts in your phone with those who also has the app. AreYouIn? sports a very clean and uncluttered appearance which is very pleasing and makes you feel even more organized than you might actually be. The event itself can look and say whatever you feel is appropriate for said events and allows for you to be as creative and goofy as possible.
Once the event is sent out to friends, all they have to do is respond by simply clicking ‘yes’ or ‘no’. This gets rid of all the back and forth texting of trying to figure out who can or cannot attend, a simple yes or no answer gets right to the point and makes life easier for the event planner. With creating your own event one gets to choose the date, time, and location and who ever can come, comes. The best feature I find most useful is being able to sync my AreYouIn? calendar with the iCal on my phone, this helps me avoid creating an event for my friends and then embarrassingly being the one to forget!
AreYouIn? is available today through both the Apple Store and Google Play for free. A special feature about this app is being able to download in both of these locations, but AreYouIn? does have room for improvement in this category. There are competitors that are all inclusive of all app stores, like Whatsapp or Viber. On that note though, apps like these are set up more as a large group messenger without the specific focus on event planning.
If AreYouIn? were able to stretch to include every smartphone, like Blackberry for instance, they would blow the competition out of the water by being both inclusive of all smartphone users and unique in design of purpose and organization. The co- founders, Tal Holander and Itay & Gil Niftily, have previously succeeded in their development of the ‘Me App’ and show great promise of succeeding in this development of AreYouIn? by simply focusing on making life easier and more organized.