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Kiko

Simple Online Calendar


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Published 04/03/2009 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Kiko is an online calendar application that is designed using Ajax. The site offered a number of advanced features and also included an API for integration into other applications and websites. The company was initially backed by YCombinator; however they sold it on eBay for $250,000 as a result of increased competition. At the time when the site was set up calendars were fairly rare on the internet. However the launch of Google calendar saw the market dominated by Google. At the time of the auction the site was receiving around 40,000 visitors per month and the start bid was just $50k. By the end of the auction Elliot Noss purchased Kiko for $250,000. One of the best things about Kiko is the great looking user interface which makes it really easy to control and use.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Kiko has a very interesting history; it was initially founded in 2005 by Justin Kan and Emmett Shear but in 2006 was listed for sale on eBay. Kiko was then acquired by Elliot Noss for $250,000, it was an extremely popular auction with the bid price increasing an extra $100,000 during the last couple of minutes! The reason that it was listed on eBay was claimed to be due to Google Calendar launching in the same year. This stole a lot of the users from what was once a very popular site. Kiko.com closed down in 2009.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are loads of other online calendar applications on the internet these days, perhaps some of the most popular ones are Google and Microsoft’s offering. However Kiko offers some pretty nice features. One of the nicest things is the simplicity and ease of use for the user interface. This makes controlling and using the calendar a breeze. But this is comparable to Google Calendar.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The user interface for Kiko was designed by Richard White; it’s a very well designed and simple application that anyone will enjoy using. Maintaining your online calendar shouldn’t be difficult, and that’s what Kiko manages to make possible. Thanks to Kiko, updating your calendar doesn’t fell like a chore.

How does the registration process work?

Registering for an account with Kiko is really easy, on the home page there is a really short form that you need to fill out. You need to include your email address along with your full name and a password. Once you have done this you are then logged straight into your calendar. You will also be sent an email; you must click a link to verify your address.

What does it cost to use the application?

Kiko is completely free to use, and it’s not clear how they make money. There are no noticeable adverts, just a very nice, very professional looking application.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Kiko is a great online calendar application that can be used to keep track of all your appointments. One really nice feature is the ability to send SMS or email reminders so that you don’t forget anything. But we recommend Google Calendar for personal use because of the integration of Google Calendar with Gmail and other Google services.

  • Send SMS or email reminders so you don’t forget anything
  • Easy to use interface to control your calendar
  • Keep tabs on your schedule


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