HAVE you caught up with Doodle yet? This handy online scheduler is becoming increasingly popular for fixing up meetings and parties and is well worth a look.
You get started by registering a free account at www.doodle.com. Then you can use it to schedule events.
Create a calendar by specifying dates and times that are good for you, then email invitations to all the other people you want to come. They do not need to be registered with Doodle, they just use a web browser.
Those receiving invites will find links in their emails to a doodle.com web page where they fill in the calendar of possible dates and times to say when they can make it. You get emails back saying that they have responded and Doodle lets you review which times are good for everybody. It is simple and efficient.
Businesses and Societies can upload logos as they register. This personalises their accounts and adds the logos to their calendars, which then appear at branded web addresses in the form mycompany.doodle.com.
The web addresses of invitation calendars are not public links, so mischief makers cannot interfere with them. Nevertheless, the downside of doodle is that it operates on trust. Invitees see the responses of those who have replied already – and could edit them. Doodle says “in order to keep the service as simple as possible, users can change the entries of other users. It relies on co-operative behaviour.”
There are some calendar export options, to Excel, pdf and Outlook, and you can use Doodle with iGoogle or Facebook. Why not make a date to give it a try!!