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Event Mess [Mar. 4th, 2008|10:30 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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I use Google Calendar a lot. Both for personal stuff originally, and then now also for work.

I wish all my frickin' invites automatically went to Google Calendar in the default unacknowledged question mark state. Email doesn't work... if I'm too busy when the invite email arrives and I forget to add it to my calendar, I miss the event. But I do poll my calendar regularly.

Summary of where I get invites from:
  • Google Calendar -- works, obviously
  • Evite -- dear God, I wish they had an API so I could cron a job to sync my evite to my calendar. Has anybody wrote a screen-scraping module?
  • Upcoming.org -- well, they can export to Google Calendar, so that's good, and I don't really get invitations from this, so no real beefs here.
  • Crush3r -- great site. wish its invites would show on my calendar somehow. (attach .ics file to emails? will gcal pick up on that?)
  • Facebook -- it can export to Gcal, but I have to log in to Facebook. I want the email to add an event.
  • Pownce
Plus, I want gcal to be my central RSVP point, and then have some server-to-server protocol for sending RSVPs.

One can dream.
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[User Picture]From: gaal
2008-03-04 07:18 pm (UTC)
This any help? You could set up a procmail rule to detect invite mails, parse them, and post a new event with gdata.
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[User Picture]From: effoveks
2008-03-04 07:50 pm (UTC)
for the SXSW people, Sched.org also integrates nicely for google calendar.

Brad, one step easier than exporting your facebook events is adding the facebook ical feed to your google calendar.
From here you can click Export Events (at the top) to get your URL. Adding that to gCal will mean all incoming events, maybes and confirmed will show up in your gcal.

The sync with upcoming and facebook is invaluable, and I'm waiting for Evite "integration" as well.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-03-06 04:37 am (UTC)
Holy shit, that's perfect!

Thanks!
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From: evan
2008-03-04 07:59 pm (UTC)
When you get an invite via email, it sometimes shows a "add this event to your calendar in one click" link over on the right.
They should expose a Greasemonkey API so that other sites (like upcoming) could also get access to this, if they don't already (I don't know what causes that box to trigger).
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2008-03-04 09:17 pm (UTC)
I am pretty sure my hosted domain gmail picks up ics files automatically.

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[User Picture]From: herbie
2008-03-05 09:58 pm (UTC)
I used to get emails from my Grad School dept. secretary with dates and times which would automatically create the "add event" link. I think it looks for text - it's not an access thing.
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From: trs80 [typekey.com]
2008-03-04 09:20 pm (UTC)
I got a 419 as an invite from Google calendar the other day. Of course, I tried to report it as spam and got a failure notice:
Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:
gmail-form+main@google.com
PERM_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 16): 552 5.6.0 Headers too large (16384 max)
as it put the entire content into a X-Trak-Extra-Content header. Fail. Apologies for using your blog as a bugzilla, but bugging Google employees seems to be the only way to get bugs in Google products fixed as you still don't have a public bug tracker. http://www.pointy-stick.com/blog/2008/03/05/quality-oversights-googles-public-services/ http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2006-12-19.html#n51
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[User Picture]From: d4b
2008-03-04 09:50 pm (UTC)
Dream! Does someone need to remind you that you're on the inside, now!? 20% it!
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[User Picture]From: theducks
2008-03-04 09:57 pm (UTC)
If facebook would provide an unique-URL type of ICS feed of your events that you can use to subscribe in gcal/iCal, I would love it, but it does seem to contradict their walled-garden idea they seem to love so much.
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[User Picture]From: effoveks
2008-03-05 05:26 pm (UTC)
they do! see my above comment
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[User Picture]From: leahculver
2008-03-05 12:43 am (UTC)
OMG. I can't stand having to look at Evite. Blinding.

Pownce has various ical feeds (including a google calendar link) at http://pownce.com/events/ You just need to subscribe once. I could also probably add an ics attachment to email... annoying or helpful?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-03-05 05:55 am (UTC)
ical feeds? Perfect!
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[User Picture]From: daveman692
2008-03-05 07:13 am (UTC)
If Dapper.net supported logging in as you, you could probably use it to pretty easily build the Evite -> RSS scraper.
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[User Picture]From: herbie
2008-03-05 10:01 pm (UTC)
I have an rss->ical (with Google Calendar "web content") script here. Right now, it probably doesn't do what you want, but it shouldn't be too hard to modify...
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[User Picture]From: flipzagging
2008-03-05 07:40 pm (UTC)
Hey there, thanks for the Upcoming.org props.

There is a standard for sending RSVPs, but as far as I can tell, it doesn't have the concept of "maybe" attending and, it only works over email (RFCs 2445, 2446, 2447). It seems to me that neither Outlook nor GCal are following it, but I'm not a standards guru here.

Maybe we should start the ball rolling on this question with GCal and Zimbra and so on. In any case, I'll keep thinking about it.
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[User Picture]From: xaotica
2008-03-05 11:36 pm (UTC)

i love the crush3r people and i'm pretty sure they do have a way to export the events from the invite pages themselves...
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