If family organisation is not your strong point, it just got easier — or so one million members of Cozi.com seem to think. The free web service, launched in 2006, is a mini-command centre for the family, with communally visible calendars for every member (babies too), plus centralised shopping lists that can be accessed on your PC, by text, or via cell phone. No more double bookings, no more “it’s not my turn for that chore”, no more forgetting to pick up the milk. All courtesy of a bunch of tecchies who take the family seriously.

“People have accused us of being fanatically family focused, and you know what? They're right,” says their website blurb. “From our very beginning in 2005, we've been all about families. When we started Cozi, we were just a small group of Microsoft, Expedia, and Amazon veterans—all with kids of our own—looking for a way to balance our busy schedules and create more harmony at home. So we pooled our collective knowledge and experience to create something special. Something that would make it easy and fun for families to juggle everything they have to do. Not just our families, but families everywhere.

“We know every family is different, but we all have one thing in common: we're crazy-busy. Cozi is designed to make it easier to manage everything we have to do. Cozi tracks appointments and activities, simplifies shopping lists and chores, and makes it easy for everyone to communicate with each other. Even when schedules change, Cozi is there making sure all the moving pieces fit together at the end of the day. When we make life easier for you and your family, we're happy.”

It all sounds great — even if you never have time to use it… http://www.cozi.com/

Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet