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December 9, 2011

Google Schemer: Social Goal Management

Schemer is an invite-only Google service for sharing and discovering things to do. "A scheme is any activity that can be done in the world, whether it's ordering a favorite dish at a restaurant or snorkeling in the Caribbean with sharks," explains Google.

Much like 43 Things, Schemer lets you define goals and mark the things you've already accomplished. You can inspire other people, find people who have the same goals and join the conversation. To make it easier to find a scheme, you can add tags and locations. Google also partnered with Bravo, Food Network, Rolling Stone, IGN and Entertainment Weekly, so you can get ideas from experts, not just from your friends.


"Whether it's exploring a new city, checking out a friend's movie recommendation, or just finding new activities for your weekends, Schemer lets you discover new things to do, share schemes with friends, and make the most of your day," mentions Schemer's team. The service is integrated with Google+ and you need to join Google+ to be able to use it. "Schemer uses your profile picture and name from your Google+ account to identify you as a schemer user. This means that when you post a scheme, write a comment, post a reply, or indicate either you want to do or have done a scheme, your profile picture and name will be attached to those activities."

Schemer is actually a Google+ app and it's likely that you'll be able to use it inside Google+ in the future. Google also promises to launch a mobile app for Schemer so you can find schemes related to your location.

Now that Google+ no longer requires invitation, Schemer could make Google+ more popular. There's a great viral video, an interesting design and a site that doesn't look like a regular Google service. A scheme is "a secret or devious plan" (American Heritage Dictionary) and a schemer is a person who is involved in making these secret plans, so Google uses a mustache logo, a mesmerizing animated homepage, the Hitchcock font and catchy messages like "You're looking diabolical!" or "Invite your partners in crime".



{ Thanks, Venkat. }

56 comments:

  1. Thanks, I found the invite but, of course:

    “Schemer is not officially supported outside of the United States.”

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  2. @Duckness, got an invite left? (rvanweerd -at- gmail -dot- com)

    tia

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  3. Missed it! Look forward to an update! Thanks!

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  4. Will you post it here in this post?

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  5. would be nice if everyone that got in in the comments posts an invite link as well and continued onward to make nice little network effect happen

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  6. Yep, that would be great. Anybody who could spare the 20 invites would be awesome.

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  7. I'm interested in seeing how this works with Google Apps in Higher Education. Would you send me an invite? (ksmith8 +at+ ycp +dot+ edu) Thanks!

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  8. I would like an invite is there's one available, please :) .... ALPHA68 at ggmail

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  9. I must be too dumb, can't find the link :)

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  10. please invite me ardeus at gmail

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  11. I can't find the link either... if anyone has an invite, I would really appreciate it! nathaniel dot wallace at gmail

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  12. Would appreciate if anyone would send an invite to indhujak@gmail.com

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  13. If you have an extra invite, I'd appreciate you sending one my way: jtoplikar@gmail.com

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  14. More invite links: https://twitter.com/#!/search/%22schemer.com%2Finvite%2F%22
    https://www.google.com/#q=%22schemer.com/invite/%22&hl=en&tbo=1&tbas=0&tbs=qdr:d,sbd:1

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  15. SEND ME AN INVITE ashwinmhn003@gmail.com

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  16. I would appreciate an invite vicentecampos-at-gmail.com

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  17. Thanks Alex! The twitter feed has lots of potential invites! Thanks!

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  18. please give me an invite. loooooker()gmaildotcom
    thanks

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  19. Not officially supported outside the US, but for once it does actually let you sign up if you want to take the risk. Thanks for the invite.

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  20. Thanks for the twitter feed!
    I think your invite has expired now, so could you tell me how you'd encrypted it? I found the encrypted link but had no clue how to decrypt it.. Rot13 doesn't work, and I doubt that it's a hash... Nor is it a simple substitution...

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  21. Any invites left? Please shoot me one at ktjohnsonjr@gmail.com

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  22. May I have an invite too, please?
    nonedisponibile()gmaildotcom

    thanks in advance :)

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  23. May I have invite please
    narendra.singhal1@gmail.com

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  24. Would love an invite at liompa|gmaildotcom

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  25. If anyone has an invite, kindly forward one to jkinsland at gmail THANKS!

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  26. Alex, encoding is not encryption. You don't need to "decrypt" the invite code, just decode it.

    Also I think it might be a good idea, especially seeing the spam, to include the google and twitter searches for more invite links in the blogpost.

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  28. Much appreciated, and fun to decipher as well!

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  29. Please invite me at fuka@fuxoft.cz. Thanks

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  30. I've been waiting for this! I knew Google would be coming out with something like this. I'm fascinated with GTD and know the company uses it heavily internally and it was only a matter of time until they integrate GTD with the social graph, location, and a dash of gamifying it. So sweet! I wanna get it and tinker, do some scheming here in Asheville! I would love to have one of those 20 invites so I can get to teaching people what's on the horizon. I have a vision to help Asheville become a model town for where things are headed. Peace y'all.

    Please email me from my profile page if you decide to be so kind as to, I couldn't find the link :-) https://plus.google.com/108248903315051459259/about

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  31. If someone would send me one of their invite, I would greatly appreciate it!

    aes1783@hotmail.com.

    Thank you!!!

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  32. invite appreciated mrdcherrie@gmail.com

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  33. please send me an invite. I would really apprecite your good nature.
    email id - ashwinmhn003@gmail.com

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  34. Please Invite me jeeva4life@gmail.com

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  35. please invite me on narendrass88@gmail.com

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  36. please invite me on udisamana@gmail.com

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  37. Anybody send me invitation
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  38. please invite me on guy.botson@gmail.Com

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  39. hey..could anybody send me an invite

    ashish.mlr.123@gmail.com

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  40. Please could anybody send me an invite on pismo4you at gmail. Thanks

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  41. please somebody invite me too
    email id : thauriswulfa@gmail.com

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  42. can somebody send me an invitation at alpbro@gmail.com

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  43. Please invite me at samgle@gmail.com
    Thank you in advance

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  44. Please invite me at sebinthampi@gmail.com
    Thank you in advance

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  45. Would be great if this will learn from others goals. I.e. if i setup a goals that is "i want to write a book" and set my timeperiode on 2 days - Schemer should come back and tell me "majority of people who wrote books, took 6 months". Would be cool :)

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  46. can we use it outside of the United States?

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