Like most small business people, I make tons of meetings with people who aren’t part of my company. It’s a hassle. It’s a gigantic hassle, in fact. It often takes longer to schedule the meeting than the meeting itself takes. That’s the reason why I’ve been looking forward to the Tungle beta for some months now.
Tungle is a sidecar application for Outlook that lets you schedule meetings easily across organizations. It’s the simplicity of the invitation system that really differentiates Tungle. Say, for example, that you wanted to schedule a meeting with your PR agency, web site editor, and a graphic design artist. The best time for you to have that meeting is Thursday or Friday afternoon, and it needs to be 30 minutes long. Tell Tungle what you want, and it will mail invitations to all the participants. When they pick the blocks of time they could be available, Tungle will automatically find a time that everyone is available.
In conversation with CEO Marc Gingras a couple of weeks ago, he also revealed that there will be an API in the future that will allow other applications to integrate with Tungle. Tungle’s vision is to become a scheduling utility.
When I first looked at Tungle nearly a year ago, it wasn’t ready for prime time. The beta that released today, however, is much much more mature. Although others have come to market with scheduling programs recently, I think Tungle is the one to beat. It’s simple to use, integrates well with Outlook and it’s a true timesaver. Head over to tungle.com, and sign up for the beta today!