Web applications can get as addictive as computer games. I’m giving you a little heads up at the begining so that you can decide if you want to read this post or you are already assuming what’s going to happen and you want to stop before it does.
Backpackit is a web application that allows you to organize your information in many useful ways. Since my blog is about travel, I’ll give you an example on how to use it to organize your travel info, but you can use it for whatever you want, too. This application allows you to create your own webpages about your trip. You can add notes, to-do lists, files and photos. That is great to plan your trip. You can make a page about it, include your hotel info, transportation, departure and arrival dates, list of places you want to visit with notes, links and pictures, include interesting stories you found out about, add some ideas and wish lists… you will have all your trip information in one place in no time and the great thing about that is that you can share your pages with your friends, family or colleagues; with people you are travelling with. Or you can keep it all private. It’s not a social network, but because it’s on the web, you are able to share it.
Another great thing about Backpackit is group communication. That’s a virtual place where you write a note, your oppinion or a suggestion and other people, with whom you share it, can leave comments. That’s another great way to plan your trip, you don’t have to send a bunch of emails back and forth.
You can create calendar entries, alone or share a calendar with others in your “group”, that are colour-marked by types of events or people that use it. This means that you can plan every day you are spending travelling and set remainders, for you or others, that will be sent by email or sms.
If you do decide to share your pages and other information with your friends and collegues, and you can decide which ones and what exactly are you sharing, you can monitor the changes in a so-called newsroom. Every change and new entry will pop in your newsroom where you can see what your friends are doing at the moment or what they did through the day. That way you won’t do something that has already been done to organize your trip. It looks like Facebook feed.
It’s really easy to get addicted to it once you start creating pages, but it’s also a very useful tool. The best thing is that you can use it for whatever you need. If you are running a business, especially online, it’s a great way to keep your group organized and productive and to be able to monitor the progress. It’s a great application for students, school projects, running a charity organization…anything you can imagine!
…I told you so!
Stella – European Travelling Advisor
P.S. Try it out and let me know what you think of it.