It’s New Year’s Eve, and if you’re the kind of person who likes texting all of your friends when the clock hits midnight in their time zones (in addition to yours), that means you’re in for some mental maths tonight. Those who are partying hard”or playing The Jackbox Party Pack, like I probably will be”probably aren’t going to want to have to manually look up the hour difference for every time zone you care about. That’s too much.
While you can set up all kinds of different time zones in your Clock app for iOS or Android, you’ll then be stuck deleting them come January 1. And how likely are you to check your smartphone regularly tonight? I thought so.
Instead, pull up the web app Waqt. How to pronounce it isn’t as obvious, but how it works is simple: Enter the name of a city. When you do, and tap “Return” or “Enter” on your keyboard, a little clock pops up to give you the local time. Enter another city. Another clock pops up. Repeat as necessary.
What I love about Waqt is that your choices persist. Set up six different time zones you want to stare at throughout your New Year’s Eve party, and you won’t have to rebuild your little setup if someone accidentally restarts your computer”or you accidentally close the tab. You’ll get the same list of clocks every time you pull up Waqt until you clear your cookies, I presume.
In a perfect world, Waqt would also let you set up browser-based alarms for each time zone. Until then, you’ll just have to peek at your laptop”or convince a party host to cast this website to the living room TV”to make sure you don’t miss a minute of cross-country celebrating.