Take the headache out of planning events with a meeting scheduler

Corporate Goes Personal

Working in the corporate world I enjoy technologies that allow me to work more efficient. Once of these is a corporate mail and calendaring system. One of the greatest advantages to this is seen when setting up a meeting. From within the calendaring system a user can look at the availability of the all the invites and maximize the attendance. So it is in the corporate world….

I often find myself wanting the same type of efficiency in my personal life as well. After all, how many phone calls, twits, txts, and IMs does it really take to get a hand-full of wives out for an evening of fun, or a few families together for a cookout. The really should be an easier way; and there is. Once again, the evolution of the web comes to our rescue.

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timetomeet.info
doodle.com
doodle.com
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timebridge.com

Pros & Cons

All of these are nice services and very usable. They also all have their pros and cons. TimeBridge.com, for example, provides tools to help resolve conflicts but requires you have an account to schedule a meeting and pushes its other services to you and your invites. Doodle.com is a little less friendly to use than the others, but it provides polls as well. It doesn’t require an account or the invites email address (more on this later), but has a very limited set of tools for resolving meeting conflicts. Timetomeet.info has a very elegant interface and is very simple to use, but is not as intuitive on the receivers end as the others are. While testing it out, my recipient completely missed a day I had selected as an option due to its calendar interface. It also has less robust conflict resolution tools.

Site Comparisons

 
whenisgood.net
www.timetomeet.info
doodle.com
www.timebridge.com
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Requires Invite's Email
 
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Free Basic Version
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Pay for Versions
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Calendar Integration
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Time Zone Support
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What-If Tools
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Messaging
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Selecting possible meeting timesMeeting optionsWhat the recipient seesThe results page
Selecting possible meeting times
Selecting possible meeting times
Meeting options
Meeting options
What the recipient sees
What the recipient sees
The results page
The results page

No account or email required:

I do not need to setup an account to use the service.  I expect in the future I may take advantage of some of the account options, but for now I have not needed them.   Like doodle.com, whenisgood.net also provides an event URL that I can send, twit, txt, or IM to my invite list.  I do not need to provide their email address to a third party and this seems to be appreciated.

What-If-Tools:

Whenisgood.net has some of the best conflict resolution I have seen.  It has an easy at-a-glance calendar that allows you to see how many can’t make a meeting time.  It also has simple highlighting of agreeable dates.  The owner can also temporarily disable individual responses to check for all usable dates for the remaining invites.  This has been very useful.

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Mousing over a responseTemporarily excluding a responseMousing over a time
Mousing over a response
Mousing over a response
Temporarily excluding a response
Temporarily excluding a response
Mousing over a time
Mousing over a time

Simple Interface:

I will have to admit that whenisgood.net does not have the most elegant or flashy interface.  It is very intuitive and easy to use though.  It also uses a minimalist design which I prefer.  They could improve the initial meeting time selection interface, but it is still very usable.

Calendar Integration:

The calendar integration on whenisgood.net is very simple as well.  It provides a simple sync option to find your free time while planning a meeting.  It also provides an iCal link for the agreed upon meeting for importing back to your calendar or to email to your invite list.  If you have an account, there is also a quick sync feature that simplifies this process.

These are a few of the options out there. I enjoy services that work and are simple to use. For me whenisgood.net wins in both areas. I encourage you to look around their sites and decide for yourself. Whatever you do, solve the headache of planning a meeting or a get-together by using a web scheduler. Life can be easier!

For a video tour of whenisgood.net please visit their video page.  They have several videos documenting the use and features of their service.  Unfortunately, they are not available to include here.

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Aqua 7 years ago from California

Wow! There are a lot more organizational tools available now then when I was an admin. This is a great review of some of these valuable products. Thanks for the info!

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