Social networking is often used to record events that have already happened, or things that are currently taking place. Facebook lets you share your thoughts, ideas and photos with your friends, while Foursquare can be used to build up a record of the places you have visited.
Google Schemer is a little different as it enables you to plan for the future. This does not mean building up a to-do list of chores you need to complete, but compiling a list of things you would like to do – fun activities, dream, adventures and more.
What’s It For?
Schemer can be used in a couple of ways. The first option is to build up a list of things you would like to do at some point in the future – you could think of it as a bucket list on your Android. Alternatively, you can use Schemer to discover things to do based on where you currently are. Add to this the ability to share your lists with friends and family, and it’s easy to see how Schemer is not only an interesting tool but also a very useful one.
Schemer can suggest things you might want to do when you are at home or out and about
To get started with the app you need to create a list, and this can be as short or lengthy as you want. As you start typing, Google’s familiar auto-suggest feature springs into action, so if you start typing ‘Watch…’, Schemer will suggest that you might like to watch all of the Lord of the Rings movies, or just Inception. Of course, you can just keep typing to add whatever you want to the list, but should one of the suggestion match what you do actually want to do it saves you a bit of typing.
Auto-suggest not only saves typing, it can also be an inspiration
If you’re stuck for something to do, you can turn to Schemer to get some ideas. Using your current location, the app can point out things that might be of interest in the area, and as more and more partners get involved you can expect this portion of the app to become increasingly useful.
Looking for things to do when you’re away from home? Schemer should be able to help
When you’re in a strange town and want to get a meal, perform a quick search and you will quickly discover where other people would like to eat.
You can mark favorites to make Schemer’s suggestions more accurate
While Schemer can be used to discover things you might like to do in the area, as well as sharing your plans with others, the app also serves as a handy to do list. Anything you add to your scheme can be viewed as a list as a reminder, and a tap is all that’s needed to tick it off and mark it as done.
Keep track of the things you want or need to do with Schemer’s handy list
The social aspect of Schemer involves more than just the ability to share your plans with other people. Just as you can browse through schemes that other people have made public, so others can do the same with your schemes. Should anyone spot something on your list and decide to add it to their own, you gain kudos for providing inspiration.
Your Schemer profile page lets you see how many other users you have inspired with your ideas
And as this is a Google product, it should come as no surprise that there is tight integration with Google+. If you find that another user you stumble across proves to be particularly inspiring, it’s a simple matter to add them to your circles. Depending on the type of things you are adding to your lists you may find that sharing them with your contacts helps encourage you to see something through, or easily advertise that you need help with a project.
Google+ integration means that it’s easy to add people to your circles and monitor your stats
It would be hard to deny that this is a tool that treads on the toes on various other social networking tools. It is not a replica of any other existing networks, but it does borrow ideas from Foursquare as well as simple to-do apps.
Picking Up Steam
Google has been strangely tight-lipped about the service. Schemer has actually been available for some time, starting life as a web app, and it has relied on word of mouth and the idea of exclusivity to gain a growing audience.
Schemer’s web app can be used from any internet connected computer and is a great compliment to the app
The fact that there is a web app is handy for a couple of reasons. Firstly it means that when you are sat at your home computer you can manage your schemes, but it also mean that data is synchronized so you can use the app on more than one device.
Although clearly designed with fun in mind, there is no reason why this could not be put to more practical uses. Schemer provides a great way to collaborate on all sorts of projects, keep track of your goals and much, much more. Useful, fun and social, this is a different approach to social networking that works extremely well.