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Step Aside Google: Qwant Is A Secure Beauty

Step Aside Google: Qwant Is A Secure Beauty

Homepage
    Qwant – Home (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

    How on earth did Qwant manage to combine security with the most convenient user experience ever seen on a search engine?

    No, Qwant won’t reinvent the wheel here, Why do so, if you could use existing technology. We seem to agree anyways that Google might have the best algorithm out there, don’t we?

    Nevertheless, Qwants’ “crawlers relentlessly visit the global web to refine” their results. Let’s see, what they have up their sleeves to challenge Google on their very own turf.

    Qwick
      Alternative Search Engines (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

      So, not only Google but many other services like Amazon, Flickr, Facebook or Twitter can be used for searching.

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      This service, called Qwick, combines the convenience with a shortcut and the power of a keyword. For example, you can immediately surf to Wikipedia’s article just by typing: “&w Net-neutrality,” got it? I told you it was easy, right?

      Security

      Instead, Qwant does concentrate on safety and won’t track users. Even more promising is the vow of “no filter bubble.”

      You might not know yet, but to me, this is the most substantial benefit. The world of search is very much tailored to what search engines think we should read.

      Still not sure? Watch El Pariser online at TED Conference in 2011. Or try by yourself: Ask a friend to search the exact same term, say in Google, and you will find yourself gaping on how different the results very often are.

      Essential Parts

      Multiple Result Categories

      If you want to see web results, feel free to choose this Qwant-option. But, what I learned to love about this option is how many of my searches are reflected in international news or on social media.

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      Categories
        Qwant Search-Engine Categories (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

        Even Music is included in the searches. Using this category means listening to your favorite songs without leaving Qwant. You didn’t expect a great user experience doing this? Prepare for s big surprise.

        Music-Player
          Qwant – Music Player (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

          Bookmarks, Boards, Notes and Following

          Qwant won’t stop there. With bookmarking and adding notes and results to your boards, Qwant does provide you even with an Evernote-like functionality of storing and organizing your favorite information.

          Following other publishers or boards feels like a unique social media approach built right into Qwant.

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          Boards
            Qwant Boards (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

            Real World use with Safari

            Well, as we all know, Safari is a little picky on using search engines as a standard. Don’t fret dear friend; the Qwant extension comes to the rescue.

            Without any hassle, I since then search with Qwant via the URL-Bar in Safari and, if needed, add a &g or &b for Google or Bing respectively.

            Qwant Safari Extension
              Qwant Safari Extension (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

              Conclusion

              Soon, after finding out about Qwant, I immediately decided to give it a shot — and have no regrets.

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              My perception is that Qwant is even more to the point than Google in a lot of ways, but also have very specific technical queries.

              Lastly, I feel relieved that I am not using Google directly — at least for searching the web.

              Particularly, I like Qwant being the one-stop shop for web searches and that it also includes a convenient place for bookmarks and notes.

              Qwant is a pleasure to use, so thank you, qwant.com!
              Happy digging, dear friends!

              That being said, Have you used Qwant? What is your experience with this search engine? Do you believe we will be seeing more of Qwant in 2017 as well as in the upcoming years?

              Do not hesitate to leave a comment—give your thoughts, opinions, and perspective.

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              Last Updated on October 16, 2019

              11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

              11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

              Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

              Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

              Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

              In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

              1. ScheduleOnce

                ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                Available on Web

                2. Calendly

                  Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                  You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                  Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                  3. Assistant.to

                    For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                    From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                    While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                    Available on Web

                    4. Acuityscheduling

                      Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                      It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                      Available on Web | iOS | Android

                      5. Pick

                        Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                        At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                        Available on Web

                        6. X.ai

                          For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                          This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                          Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                          Available on Web

                          7. YouCanBook.me

                            is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                            They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                            Available on Web

                            8. Doodle

                              Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                              It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                              You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                              While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                              Available on Web | iOS | Android

                              9. WhenAvailable

                                WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                Available on Web

                                10. Rally

                                  Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                  Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                  Available on Web

                                  11. NeedtoMeet

                                    Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                    NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                    While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                    Available on Web

                                    Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                    In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                    To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                    Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                    A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                    Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                    If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                    Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                    With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                    The Bottom Line

                                    Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                    Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                    Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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