The “evite” killer?

I hate evites. Here’s why.

Tonight Maryam and I are going to the Tango Diva book launch party. Everything is hunky dory. Right?

Wrong. The evite email that I have doesn’t have any information on it. It doesn’t tell me where the party is. It doesn’t tell me when it starts. It forces me to click over to the Web site to look at all that info. I really, really hate that (because I drag emails from people to my calendar to keep the date and I hate clicking away from my calendar just to learn pertinent information because the service an inviter used is trying to collect page views by forcing me to visit the site).

So, when I saw MyPunchbowl.com today — founder Matt Douglas was here to show it to Maryam and me — that was one of my first concerns.

It passed the test. The emails that come from MyPunchBowl have all the pertinent information in them.

But that’s not all. It far exceeds evite by including integration with Google Maps for location, Flickr for photos before and after the event, an event-store lookup, and other cool features. Maryam liked the ability to customize emails per invitee (evite doesn’t do that either).

Anyway, it’s going to be hard for MyPunchbowl to compete with evite, because evite is such a strong brand name and has so many users, but I’m cheering it on because it’s superior to evite. Please, if you’re going to invite me to your next party, use MyPunchbowl. My calendar will love you for it.

61 thoughts on “The “evite” killer?

  1. +1 for http://yarp.com

    By FAR the easiest and fastest experience. I use it gratuitously throughout the week for things like racquetball matches and office lunches, etc.

    Also it looked like all the other services required a signup or some other form of various bullshittery – with Yarp, I’m done in a few seconds. It’s so… non-ceremonious.

  2. +1 for http://yarp.com

    By FAR the easiest and fastest experience. I use it gratuitously throughout the week for things like racquetball matches and office lunches, etc.

    Also it looked like all the other services required a signup or some other form of various bullshittery – with Yarp, I’m done in a few seconds. It’s so… non-ceremonious.

  3. Lots of interesting comments out there. We just launched a new evite-killer site as well because we realise that we’re not the only ones that are frustrated with evite. Ours is simple, and fast. No backgrounds or themes, it’s really just a quick tool to get your party information sent out, organize your guest list, and keep track of who’s coming (and who they’re bringing with them)
    I’d love to hear feedback on it:

  4. Lots of interesting comments out there. We just launched a new evite-killer site as well because we realise that we’re not the only ones that are frustrated with evite. Ours is simple, and fast. No backgrounds or themes, it’s really just a quick tool to get your party information sent out, organize your guest list, and keep track of who’s coming (and who they’re bringing with them)
    I’d love to hear feedback on it:

  5. It seems like everyone is launching some kind of eVite alternative. It’s surprising to me that one of them hasn’t taken over yet. We just launched our own site, BRADvite . (named after our founder, of course)

    Our approach was to focus on using high quality images as foregrounds and backgrounds, instead of annoying clip art. Also, we decided to really limit the features to simplify the whole things.

    http://www.bradvite.com

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