So, maybe we’re over-thinking this. Or under-thinking it. Or something…
I’m going to try to break down a possible calendar feature into bite-sized chunks:
a way to get to the calendar: Should there a button on the top menu, next to the Notifications and Conversations buttons that leads to a full-page calendar? Is there a small calendar in the far right column with the current date and upcoming events hi-lighted? Both?
a way to create an event: This should probably be like adding a poll or uploading photos. You type in your text, click the calendar icon to create the event, select the date and time from drop-down menus. (What might be kind of nice about this is the ability to create private events by posting to a ‘Notes to Self’ aspect which you can create. Maybe good for Dr. appointments, etc.)
subscribe/sign-up/bookmark/rsvp for an event: Maybe when you create an event, it would make notification areas for RSVP’s like the ones which show the number of ‘likes’, comments, and re-shares. Responding ‘Yes, I’m attending’ might re-share the post to the ‘Notes to Self’ aspect, adding the event to your own calendar.
Just rambling. Maybe someone already has better ideas for this, or even actual code instead of vague descriptions. Wouldn’t that be something? But I thought it might be easier to think about in smaller, somewhat more manageable sections rather than a monolithic idea of “We should have an events feature!”