July 18, 2008

Yahoo Upcoming – Community Events Come To You


On any given day, there are a number of events happening in your area, but most of the time you are probably not even aware of them. As its name suggests, Yahoo’s Upcoming site hopes to resolve this issue by keeping you up-to-date on the many events occurring in your area. Even more, this nifty planning site can help you connect with people interested in attending each event so you never have to show up alone.

Searching for events is free, but if you would like Upcoming to remember your location and interests, signing up for a free Yahoo account is highly recommended. After entering your zip code or city, the site will show you the various events in your area, which you can browse by either popularity or chronological order. If you are looking for certain types of events like concerts or sports games, you can browse by category using a navigation bar on the left-hand side.

Each listed event has its own profile page filled with any details you would possibly need about it. As expected, you can find where and when the event takes place as well as a little description and any related photos. Even more, Upcoming will display the venue on a Yahoo map for easy navigation. Then, with a simple click of your mouse, you can let other members in the community know whether you plan on attending the event or are at least interested in it or in finding people to go with you.

Practical Uses:

  • Search for the John Mayer concert, purchase tickets, and coordinate the meet-up locations with your friends
  • Find about the local festivals and activities while you’re on vacation
  • Browse Upcoming’s Flickr Users group for events and other people interested in photography

Insider Tips:

  • Want to plan an entire day or evening out? Upcoming will show you an event’s venue on a map and let you search for nearby parking areas, restaurants, and ATMs
  • If you want to promote a certain event on your own blog or website, you can download a nifty event badge (widget)
  • If you use any other calendar tools for keeping track of your schedule, you can easily add events from Upcoming into the application of your choice
  • Promote events you’re attending by creating a detailed profile page that those in the Upcoming community can see

What We Liked:

  • The site format is simple and easy to navigate, making it easy to find the information you’re looking for
  • If you are interested in an event but have no one to go with, you can flag it as an interest and other people can get in touch with you

What We Didn’t Like:

  • If you want to access any of Upcoming’s special features, you must register for an account with both Yahoo! and Upcoming, and they must be different


Company Info:

  • Launched: October, 2003
  • Publicly-held by Yahoo!, Inc.
  • Headquarters: Sunnyvale, California
  • Founder: Andy Baio
  • Web site:


  • Free

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