Here is a free web tool you’ll want to remember and use. It’s called Tungle.me and it is a free service. Whether for business or personal reasons, there are times we need to pull a group together for a phone call or a meeting. Tungle.me will handle this usually time-consuming chore and the best thing is your attendees/invitees don’t have to create their own account to use it. You don’t have to try and share a calendar or send multiple emails any more!
After signing in, you can choose to flesh out your profile, adding a picture, phone number, website address and any social media you’d like to add (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Ning, Skype and Xing). Tungle.me gives you a shortened URL that you can add in your emails, twitter messages, etc. to make it easier for people to schedule time with you.
You can choose to sync your tungle.me calendar with your Outlook, Google or iCal/Entourage calendar to ensure you don’t doublebook yourself. When you add a calendar, you’ll also be adding your contacts, so everyone’s email addresses will be accessible. There’s an iPhone app so you can take Tungle.me with you. There are options to get a widget to put on your website or blog and an RSS feed you can configure. Lots of choices.
Check out the Tungle Video
Setting Up Your First Meeting
Your account is ready to go and you want to get started. Click on the ‘Management’ button at the top of your screen and then click ‘Schedule a Meeting’. Then it’s simply a matter of following the prompts to enter in the information for the meeting, select several open times to make it easier to get something scheduled and then you can preview the email that will be sent out, OR you can opt to get a meeting URL and send it from your own email (more control for you).
I like that the invitation emphasizes that they will not have to sign up for an account to schedule the meeting.
Then click the send and that’s it – your invitees will be able to go to your Tungle.me site and enter in their availability and you’ll be notified via email when your meeting gets booked, when people submit their availability or if there are questions you need to handle.
I sent one to myself to test it out and it worked with no glitches. No software to download, use an existing account to sign up and in and take the frustration out of scheduling meetings with multiple people – priceless!