Jun 8 2009
In a world where users are leery to join yet another service, there’s an emerging trend away from user registration altogether. Who wants them anyway? I happen to be particularly hesitant to try various services if they require signing up first. Among the popular websites that I’ve failed to join is Evite. Every time I receive an invite I’m prompted to sign up. I still haven’t gotten around to it.
Answering the call of my anonymity is Yarp, an invitation service that doesn’t require user registration. Yarp has a very simple interface. Navigate to the home page, type in the name of the event, and fill in the details in the description. It then gives you a Yarp URL, which will keep track of who signs up. At this point you can email the link to your friends, either through personal email or directly through the Yarp interface. Those who receive it can type in their name, whether they’re attending, and then leave comments if they choose.
Despite the overall simplicity of the service, they decided to complexify it by adding a survey feature. This acts exactly the same as the invitation section. People are asked a question and are allowed two responses: Yes or No. Kind of a boring survey if you ask me. Come to think of it, I’ll ask you. Here’s my Yarp survey as to whether the survey function should be axed.
A drawback to Yarp is that you have to keep track of the URL it creates for you. If you lose it there’s no way to recover it. This is how they keep other people from chancing upon your Yarplet, by creating what we’ll call ugly URLs. It contains a string of jumpled up characters that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy. In this case, you are to send them to your closest friends.
All considered, I like the Yarp service. It sounds great for simple invitations and get togethers. Due to its anonymous nature and relative simplicity, it doesn’t have reminders, or any of the other bells and whistles that the full featured Evite has. More often than not, a simple tool is exactly what I want. And come on, with a name like Yarp how can you not like it?
SlapBack: Steve, Thanks for the candid write up. We really appreciate it and we really like it when someone understands and appreciates the simplicity factor. There is a difference with surveys. Invitations allow guests; surveys do not. Also, you can survey anything that allows for two choices. For example, you can change Yes/No to OptionA/OptionB or 6pm/9pm allowing you to ask which graphic you like better or what time to see a movie.