Tungle: Easy Web Scheduling
For the past few months, I’ve been testing a Web-based meeting scheduler called Tungle. This application lets me open my calendar so third parties can book time with me without having to worry about who is using different systems or giving away private information, such as who I am meeting with and when.
Now, instead of trading unproductive e-mails with people who are trying to figure out what times I am available, I just point them to my Tungle page, and more often than not, assuming the time is open, someone can easily book a meeting.
I have set up my Tungle so that when people propose new meetings, they need to select more than one time that works. This gives me a chance to review my calendar and pick the best time for me. Once I accept, Tungle sends an e-mail to both the contact and myself and creates the appointment on my Outlook Calendar. I also block hours for tasks so people don’t assume I’m available during times when I plan to get work done.
The leading words in today’s Web are flexibility, choice, openness, and mobile. Tungle is a great example of all of these concepts, as it works with multiple calendars so you don’t have to choose one calendaring system over another. It also offers a mobile app for iPhones and BlackBerries.
My Tungle page