Doodle is a very nice, free service that makes online scheduling between a group of people very easy. It’s not necessarily just for editors, but since I’ve started another Useful Tools for Editors post, then this is where it goes. Doodle has been around for a while (the demo video must be more than a year old and looks dated compared to the tool’s interface highlighted on the company’s website). I first learned about it when we started using it to easily schedule That Post Show podcast recording times. Just the other day Doodle brought out an iCal connector that lets Doodle integrate with most any calendar solution out there.
It’s as simple as creating a poll, inviting participants and confirming the date and time, as you can see when checking out the Doodle website. There’s also the ability to have participants leave a running comment thread, which can be helpful when discussing meeting times. Doodle can be a free service but there are also paid models if you’re in need of some of Doodle’s more premium features.
Check out the intro video for a quick overview. Even with the interface updates, it will give you a good idea of how it works. Gotta love the freemium business model when we get services like Doodle.
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