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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

9 responses to “Tungle.Me Shutdown And What I Expect From An Alternate Service”

  1. Emily Eldridge

    Krishnan, good for you for stating what you want from the market! We are introducing a new solution in beta this week and I believe it meets all the needs on your list other than having native apps. However, it’s designed responsively and once we’re out of beta, those apps will be developed, so I hope we can ask for some leniency on that point.

    The online scheduling platform is called Book’d (www.bookd.com). I think the most important feature to explain, in light of your most critical requirement, is how availability is managed. Book’d will not expose someone’s calendar in the way that Tungle does. Instead, each person can offer multiple types of custom “services” (i.e. Internal meetings, consulting, client meetings, etc.). Availability is then scoped to a service, along with duration, locations (can have multiple, which can be physical and/or virtual) and pricing (free is fine, too). You can manage general availability within the service management, but you can also always block additional time on your calendar, if needed.

    So, instead of a person landing on a page and seeing your full availability, they will see a landing page with various types of appointments they can schedule with you. Let’s say you offer Cloud Infrastructure Consulting, as an example. You’ve designated that you offer that service on Mondays and Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in 45 minute increments with 15 minute buffers in-between appointments for $125. You offer this service virtually through Skype and in one physical location (maybe while attending conferences, you add additional locations, too). A user would be able to click on that service and then select location and date/time based on what you have scoped specifically for that service.

    We’re calling this controlled availability. You, as the account holder, have complete control over your schedule and people are then able to book in ways that ensure better schedule management, especially in light of today’s competing professional and personal priorities.

    To learn more about how we compare to Tungle, you can read our blog post here: http://schedulingsoftware.tumblr.com/post/31800235342/replacing-tungle-me
    We’d love for you and your readers to try Book’d out, Krishnan!

  2. Debbie

    I’m in the same boat. I use and love Tungleme.
    I’m a recruiter, so this is a great tool for candidates to go in, see when I’m available, and schedule a time to talk to me without the usual back and forth that goes along with scheduling interviews.
    I’ll keep my eye on Bookd.com, hopefully I can use it for my needs as well.

    When I hear of the news today about Tungle, I did create an account on Doodle, but I can’t seem to make it sync with my Outlook calendar, so the availablity is inaccurate.

    Thanks,
    Debbie

  3. willowbl00

    Absolutely. It’s removed the need to have a PA for a long time. Thank you for documenting so clearly what needs it addressed.

  4. Setsuna

    Same here, I jumped to Doodle’s MeetMe but it is less than bare bone BASIC, it lacks a lot of basic features you would expect from an online calendar to make it a reliable Tungle.me replacement:

    1. No micro-management of details as mentioned above (which is huge in-and-of-iteself; you can’t block start and end times during business hours. The result, the online calendar show me as “available” 24/7!
    2. Tungle.me allowed end-users to automatically book appointments; with Doodle, I have to manually confirm all appointments, but I first have to login to Doodle first then confirm.
    3. Only end-users can cancel appointments once you have confirmed the appointment. I, the administrator and calendar owner, am SOL the moment that I confirm the appointment. Once I confirm an appointment, I can’t cancel the appointments!
    4. When the end-user (customer) cancels the appointment, Doodle sends me the cancellation notification by email, but it’s not removed from my Doodle calendar to free up the time block. The “ghost appointment” remains online via Doodle’s online calendar as “busy.” If I remove the appointment from my Outlook calendar, the supposedly cancelled appointment time block syncs back into my Outlook calendar via Doodle’s Outlook sync tool.
    5. Doodle’s online calendar does not automatically send email reminders to customers.

    I could go on, but these are the biggies concerning Doodle. I too am shopping for an alternative to Tungle.me and would love to find a calendar with similar options and free?

    Thanks.

  5. Setsuna

    Oh, by the way, 6. Direct two-way automatic sync between Outlook and the online calendar would be nice!

  6. Mike

    We’re glad that they will be living on within RIM and we are looking forward to BlackBerry 10!

    We’d also like to welcome Tungle users who wish to continue with a stand-alone offering. TimeTrade is offering 1 year of free service to existing Tungle users. Give us a try – you can sign up at:

    http://www.timetrade.com/tungle

    1. Michael

      I signed up for a trial of timetrade, but don’t see it as being a true alternative to Tungle, as I don’t see a nice, customized URL that I can post to my profile for people to schedule a time with me without me inviting them first. Am I missing something?

      Also, it’s extremely slow to engage with the browsers.

  7. Rami Goraly

    For those looking for a professional alternative – ScheduleOnce (www.scheduleonce.com) is the best alternative to Tungle.