It’s been busy for us right before and after the holiday weekend. However, it’s been worth it– we successfully shipped a new version of MyPunchbowl, adding many new features. There is plenty to write about, but one new feature stands out: MyPunchbowl now has a unique, more personal way to RSVP to an event or party.
Here’s how it works: after a host has created a party invitation, he/she can easily send an invite to guests and ask for an RSVP. MyPunchbowl RSVP has 3 options for the guest:
YES: If a guest RSVP’s “Yes,” a collaborative party message board will appear. The guest can choose to write a comment on the message board– but it is not required. We look at the party message board as a fun place to interact– not a required public forum where you have to come up with something witty to say.
RESPOND LATER: If a guest RSVP’s “Respond Later,” a message from the host will appear. Right now it’s a simple message which asks the guest to respond before the event. Respond Later provides the guest with a simple way to answer later.
CANT MAKE IT: If a guest cannot make it, the guest can send a private note to the host. Rather than a public Yes/No/Maybe list, our “Can’t make it” allows the guests to privately decline the invitation.
We think there are many benefits of the “MyPunchbowl RSVP” method– the most important being that MyPunchbowl RSVP is not a public exhibition. There is no public list of who’s coming and who’s not coming. Rather than deciding on whether you’re coming based on who else is coming, you decide what you want to do. MyPunchbowl RSVP is a personal 1:1 interaction between the host and the guest. That’s how we think it should be.
Go try it out. Create a new party and give it a whirl. And let us know what you think about our new way to RSVP.