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LMK: What does it even mean? (those crazy developers …)

What is LMK? When we first started developing LMK App, we wanted to come up with a clever, simple name that would be recognizable. Naming the app turned into a grueling two month long process Recommended Reading. Everything we wanted was either already taken or a name none of us could come to an agreement on. Finally, we all settled on LMK App because “LMK” is something we use all the time in the office. It was a “no duh” moment for us – why hadn’t we thought of it sooner?

Turns out, a lot of people don’t know what LMK means. Sigh, oops. So, just for fun, I Googled “what does LMK mean?” and YAHOO! Answers gave me a few interesting results:

  • LMK = Let’s Milk Cows
  • LMK = Luigi in Mushroom Kingdom
  • LMK = Lost My Kinkajou (BTW a kinkajou is a rainforest mammal)
  • LMK = Lol My Ko

Although those are some clever interpretations of the acronym, that’s not the usual definition of LMK. LMK actually stands for “Let Me Know”. It’s a fairly common text message acronym. Makes a little bit more sense now, huh? Despite popular belief, we didn’t blindly choose strange letters and put them together, we did it on purpose!

Download LMK App today and start inviting your friends to get together. LMK App is available for Phone and Android users.

 

The 10 Worst Things About Being Alone on Valentine’s Day

Don’t spend this Valentine’s Day alone – Download LMK App today for iPhone and Android to find this year’s Valentine!

1. Everyone knows you’re single.

And everything today is going to remind you of that.

 2. All your friends with significant others have plans.

You’re convinced you’re going to become the crazy cat lady.

3. It’s the worst day to be a third, fifth, seventh … wheel.

On any normal day, you’re okay being the odd man out – but not today. Definitely not today

4. Oh, and reservations? You can’t get them, anywhere.

Seriously? You have to eat, too! Forget it, just order takeout.

5. While everyone’s professing their love to one another, you’re at home professing your love to ice cream.

The entire carton of ice cream, gone.

6. The Valentine’s Day haters. They’re the worst.

The non-single people that hate on Valentine’s Day. For real? You really just want to sock ‘em in the face, but instead you smile and nod.

 7. Everywhere.

Come on! This is just a cruel joke. You’ve spent the last 6 weeks doing everything you can to burn off the holiday weight, and now there’s an entire day devoted to chocolate? Perfect.

 8. The annoying sappy love songs surrounding you.

Someone, make it stop!

 9. Trying to overcome the need to drunk dial your ex sildenafil tablets 100mg.

You don’t miss your ex, really. You swear, not even a little bit. It was the wine talking.

 10. Everyone’s getting flowers delivered to the office. Everyone but you, that is.

Your coworker across from you had the world’s largest, most dramatic bouquet delivered and you have to stare at it all. day. long. It’s not even that pretty.

Don’t be alone this Valentine’s Day! Find your Valentine this year using LMK App.

 

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3 Ways to Send Friendsgiving Invitations

Friendsgiving

The celebration of Thanksgiving with your not-so-blood related family, also known as your best friends. For some of us, Thanksgiving seems a lot more fun when you get to celebrate it with your closest buddies instead of having to worry about scheduling with long-lost family members you talk to three times a year, coupled with the Jersey nightmare of travelling over a major holiday weekend.

Here’s a little background. Friendsgiving works the same way that a traditional Thanksgiving would work, but you get to break some rules. For instance, Friendsgiving offers you the opportunity to make up your own menu. Maybe you don’t like mashed potatoes or stuffing, (it’s true, some people really don’t like those things), that’s okay – you can show up with vegetables and hummus or a caprese salad instead. You also don’t need to bring out your formal tablecloths and fine China. Your friends won’t judge you.

One crucial element to Friendsgiving is being able to know who’s actually going to show up. The host needs to know who’s IN so that they know how big of a turkey to buy and how many dollar store place settings to put around the table. But taking the time to organize an event and send out invitations for these get togethers can be time consuming. Let’s face it, we live in a busy world and we’re always on the go.

So, what’s the easiest tool to use for planning Friendsgiving?

I took the time (and literally timed myself) to try out three different platforms: Facebook, Evite and LMK App. Here are the results.

1. Facebook

It took me just under six and a half minutes to create a Friendsgiving Facebook event, add the time and place, input the minimum details and then Everyone invite all 21 friends to my event. To be fair, this did not include the time it took me to log into my computer (because who creates a Facebook event on their mobile device?) and create the perfect cover photo for my event. I finally gave up on Google images and started creating my own because online images never match the dimensions of the Facebook event cover photo and something was always cut off when I uploaded it to the event page. All in all, I’d guesstimate that it probably took me closer to 15 minutes to complete the task. The response rate wasn’t that bad either. In about 24 hours, I received 13 responses from slightly more than half of the people I invited cheap generic viagra 100mg.

2. Evite

I tried Evite and Ads it took me just under eight and a half minutes to plan the same Friendsgiving event. But this time, I had some serious setbacks. For starters, when I added friends to my invitation, Evite struggled to find more than 50% of friends on my list in my contacts, so I was only able to invite 11 out of the 21 guests I had on the list. The majority of the invitations that I was able to send ended up in people’s junk mail so they didn’t even realize they’d been invited. I ended up spending a little over 8 minutes just to get the invitation out to the initial guests. I had to take extra time to send separate invitations to the remaining guests that were left off of my Evite. But with the headache of the entire process as well as the extra time I had to take to follow up with texts and conversations, I easily tacked on a lot of additional minutes. Here’s the clincher: I only received one response from the people I invited in 24 hours. Though it only took me 8 minutes within the app, it took me more like an hour altogether.

3. LMK (Let Me Know)

The third platform I used was LMK App. This is the new app that was just released on the App Store on November 6th, 2014. It took me less than two minutes to create my Friendsgiving event and invite all 21 people. Everyone was able to confirm receipt of the invitation, including friends that didn’t have LMK on their phone because they received an invite via text. The best part? I received 19 responses in 24 hours. In an age where RSVPs are dead, I’d say that’s pretty good.

Invite Friends Out. LMK App - Free on Google Play & Apple App Store

Here’s the gist of what I learned. If I had to rate the experiences of each from best to worst, LMK App would rank first simply for its ease of use and compatibility with all devices. Facebook comes in at a close second because it provides the opportunity to really customize your event with details, images, and even includes the weather forecast for the day of your event. And Evite? Evite undoubtedly comes in dead last because it was painful to use: 1) I was unable to send out half of the invites and 2) Guests did not even get to see my invitation.

 

Facebook: 6m 28s
Evite: 8m 21s
LMK App: 1m and 46 s

 

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I know what I’m going to use to plan my next Friendsgiving, how about you?

 

WooHoo! Everyone RSVP’ed – NOT.

If you’re anything like me, I like to plan. I like to plan parties, movie dates, food dates, bar crawls, football Sundays, golf outings, happy hours – you name it. I’m so tired of planning events via e-mail because it’s too hard to keep track of all responses within a thread, and I don’t always have an cheap nba jerseys e-mail address. Facebook proves to be a hassle because sometimes people never even see the invitations, and at best 50% of those who do, never respond. So, invitations sit in some deep abyss of invites that either go unnoticed or are voluntarily ignored.  Not Because to mention, some of my friends don’t have Facebook (I know, they’re living under a rock), so I’m unable to invite those friends.

As an example take a look at the responses, or lack thereof, for this Facebook event that my friend sent to me – 71 people have yet to respond. My friend sent the invitation out more than three weeks ago and her event is taking place in 4 days. The tools that currently exist just don’t cut it. And that’s why we developed LMK (Let Me Know). LMK helps you obtain an RSVP from everyone you’ve invited. The app will send reminders to those that haven’t yet responded, and will let them know they’ve been counted OUT for an event if they still don’t respond. They can still change their mind before the event begins.

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My friend could definitely use something like LMK.  But what else can you use LMK for? Let me give you some ideas.

Social Activities:

Golf: Maybe you go golfing every week and you’re always asking the same people every Saturday the same question, “are you IN?.” LMK allows you to set-up an easy invitation each week to your golf buddies that will prepopulate the date, time, location and people you’d like to invite so all you have to do is press send.

Working Out, Girls Night Out, Themed Parties, Dinners, Lunches, Coffee Dates

Family Affairs:

Dinner: Maybe you have a large family, or you have two+ teenagers with sports practices, school engagements, and a demanding group of friends. As a family, everyone wants to know who’s going to be home for dinner.

Game nights, movie nights, sport events

Job Activities:

Work lunches: At our office, we try to get all of the fra employees together for a lunch date every two weeks or so at our headquarters. Some people work off-site and don’t have access to e-mail, so LMK makes it a lot easier for us to get a headcount.

Meetings, lunches, happy hours

Special Events:

Secret Santa: Do you and your group of girl friends get together and exchange gifts every year? LMK is the perfect tool to assist in helping you send invites to your friends. Simply input the date, time and invite the girls to the annual Secret Santa. All you have to do is wait to see who’s IN generic viagra 100mg.

Friendsgiving, New Year’s Eve, 4th of July, birthday parties

 

These are just a few ideas – you can use LMK for anything. And we know we haven’t solved all the world’s problems because we don’t yet have a way within the app to contact the host. But we’re looking into it. MemberMouse Hopefully we’ll be able to add some sort of bulletin board feature in a future release to accommodate responses and events that require communication, like potlucks. We’re working on it.