by Jess Faulk
For the last seven summers that I’ve lived in the wonderful city of Boston, I have sought out every free festival, movie, and concert in town and logged it into a Google calendar. I just can’t stand the idea of something amazing (and free) happening and me not knowing about it. Seriously, I get upset when I find out after the fact that I didn’t know about some awesome event.
For those of you who have read Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point, you probably recognize me as a Maven. The person who takes it on as their personal responsibility to gather massive amounts of information and then pass on knowledge to others. Each May, I pull up every bit of information I can find from web and print sources and feed them into a public Google calendar and share it with the world. I have 50+ Google subscribers. I share the calendar widely, hoping that the information I pull together benefits others. If I can’t make it to a wonderful event, I really want other people to!!
How to make your own calendar:
To make it easier to share, I set up a bit.ly for my annual Boston Summer Calendar: www.bit.ly/bostonsummer
In the “description” section of the event, I copy and paste whatever information I find online. Ideally, a short summary of the event itself. I also copy and paste the link to event itself if possible, and if not available, a link to the source where I found the information.
When possible, I put in exact times of the events so someone can easily see whether they will be able to make it to multiple events in one day.
In the “title” area I write in a dollar amount if it is not free and if the title is short enough, the city or suburb where it is taking place.
Because I am a movie buff, I also take the time to plug in all of the best summer movie premieres too.
This year, I am taking my information gathering to a new level. I have made a public Google document which lists all of the websites I used to gather events. Not only will this make my job easier year after year, but it allows folks to go deeper into any of the venues or city sites that they are interested in. You can see my source listing (50+ sites) at www.bit.ly/bostonsummersources.
Amazing things happening in your city this summer? Then take some time while watching a movie (or two or three) to fill up a public Google calendar and share the wealth of knowledge.