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We all understand the trouble. You wish to prepare that big night out with pals so you ping them on your mobile messaging apps of choice, SMS, and, if you are old, perhaps Facebook or e-mail. Then the feedbacks are available in. Some of your buddies are up for it, while others recommend a various time and date. The trick then becomes finding a happy middle ground where all or most of the group can make it (or at least the good friends who you truly wish to exist).

Aiming to eliminate some of that rubbing is a neat iOS app called WePopp. It assures to do something only, and do it well: Help you plan events with close friends in just a couple of taps with a basic means to survey the group to find a date, time and place that suits everyone.

The way the app works is easy:

As the event organiser, you first choose what you want to do from a list of pre-defined categories, such as choose a drink, dish, a celebration, or take a weekend journey.

Next you complete further information, including – crucially – up to 3 favored dates and times.

Then you invite your pals to join your ‘popp,’ from which they’re asked to vote on the time and area, in addition to suggest other changes to the travel plan by means of the app’s messaging performance.

Finally, you select the selected date, time and location, asking everybody to verify once and for all if they’re in or out.

screen568x568-3One other brilliant element of the WePopp app is that it doesn’t need everybody in the group to be a user. If you’re sans-WePopp, you can still be consisted of in a ‘popp’ by being alerted by SMS and asked to respond/vote via a browser-based version. The final occasion information are then also sent out as an SMS notice.

Now, admittedly, WePopp is far from the only startup to be dealing with the trouble of arranging a party with friends. Rivals might be seen to consist of Doodle, although something like Rundavoo comes a lot closer. There’s likewise Facebook’s event-planning performance.

Interestingly, WePopp is currently iOS 7-ready in terms of its ‘flat’ design, which is not willing to be to everybody’s taste (can we say flat fatigue yet?), but it looks pretty nice to my eyes.

The French start-up behind the app, also called WePopp, is self-funded aside from the EUR4,500 provided by Google as part of going through the French accelerator Le Camping.

It plans to make money from the app via affiliate advertising and in the near future offers from partners it’s currently signed handle. This includes a collaboration with lafourchette (the OpenTable of France).

‘When you plan on going to a dining establishment, we’ll have the ability to assist you choose which dining establishment you and your good friends will reserve based upon your location and table accessibilities,’ states co-founder and CEO of WePopp Julien Hobeika. ‘If you reserve a table on our application, we get a commission from lafourchette.’