Like every year, there are some big events happening in 2012 and you should stay on top of them. What’s better than to have your own virtual countdown playing as a constant reminder of a looming day? Sometimes a simple calendar doesn’t do the trick for the visual person like me. Seeing those days tick off really gets me prepared and, depending on what’s happening, builds up a little excitement.
Let me remind you, this is 2012 – let’s not take any chances or go back to the ’90s where we’re using desktop countdown screensavers or desktop “pets”. These solutions I’ll share are all web-based and very easy to use. Let’s go over a few interesting little tickers for the year 2012, and if you’re left unsatisfied or just feel the need to create a few of your own, I’ll show you the best way.
If you’ve been out of touch with the Internet (since major news won’t cover it yet) or you just haven’t had your tinfoil hat around, 2012 is when the world is actually going to end! Or, at least that’s what the Mayan long count calendar is supposed to theorize. With an imminent pole shift coming for us all in December of this year, you ought to know when we’re going to experience deadly floods, unimaginable earthquakes, and the simultaneous eruption of all volcanoes on our planet. “Be smart… Be ready.”
But really, if you do buy into all of that stuff, this is a great calendar for it. They even offer a Flash embed for you to use in email and on your blog so that you can share the narcissism.
This one’s a little biased against the Democratic crowd, but a very effective countdown nonetheless. Just a simple countdown to Inauguration Day 2013.
This clean and classy website offers timers that tick towards the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, and 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. As an added note, in the footer, the website supports most major language translations.
As a huge event for most sports dudes out there, the NFL draft is very, very close. Keep an eye on the countdown at this website, and optionally read onward to get a little more information on what’s about to go down.
Making Your Own Countdown
There are only three websites that I’d recommend when it comes to creating your own countdowns online:
- counto.com, which will allow you to create your own and customize them from a list of templates.
- Countdown Days, allowing you to create and share a countdown that supports comments, Facebook “Likes”, and tweeting.
- KOUNTit, which is probably the simplest and quickest of the three.
It’s incredibly easy and I wouldn’t expect anyone to need much direction, but here’s a quick rundown of Countdown Days:
It’s that simple, really. Just fill out the form and ensure that all required fields are complete, then submit.
There you go. Here’s the provided countdown URL.
Check these other articles out, too:
- CountdownCalendar: An embeddable countdown calendar for your website
- CountDownTimer: Simple Count Down Timer In Your Browser
- ItsAlmo.st: Web Based Countdown Timer
Share some of your countdowns with me in the comments. I’d like to see what’s coming up in the world this year! I’m sure I’ve missed something.