Q: With colleagues and clients scattered around the world, scheduling conference calls can be a pain given that we sit in many different time zones. Is there a quick and easy way to organize our next meeting so nobody will get left out?
A: With a very basic, intuitive user interface (some have called it too basic; not "the prettiest looking app, let's call it Google-esque," the Next Web wrote), Worldtime Buddy is the easiest way to check the time across various cities. While the web-based application can be used to quickly check the hour in any location around the world, it works best when used for scheduling meetings or conference calls with colleagues or clients in faraway places.
Visit the app, select a time for a meeting and add all of the locations of any involved parties. For that last part, you can just type in a country, city or time zone to add it to your growing list. Worldtime Buddy spits out a custom URL you can include in an email mentioning the meeting to colleagues. Anybody who visits that page will get something resembling the screenshot at right, with the meeting time listed for every time zone someone will be participating from. Now, nobody can claim that they called in at the wrong time thinking that the meeting was an hour earlier.
The only downside -- apart from the very basic design -- is that Worldtime Buddy doesn't yet allow anybody to sign up for individual user accounts. As it currently stands, you'll have to reenter the cities that you want to include for any meetings instead of saving a standard line-up to the site.
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Image: Worldtime Buddy.
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