Friday, 11 June 2010

Doodle!

I have been invited to use Doodle for meetings in a previous job (slightly pointless since it was a meeting with a colleague in the next office) and as part of a book club that's starting in Cambridge (thanks @ange_fitzpatrick), but have never created one myself before.



The process is very easy - Doodle provides:
  • step-by-step instructions
  • useful tips such as 'On average, 5 options are sufficient to successfully find a common date and time.'
  • time zone support to accommodate people in other countries, useful if you wanted to schedule a conference call
  • time-saving options such as copying the times selected for one day for you, so you don't have to keep filling in boxes
  • option to get Doodle to email and chase up participants (but no requirement to do that!)
I like tools like this that don't require guests to subscribe in order to participate.  I also like that there's an option to create a 'hidden' poll, so that only the moderator can see who voted each way.  Not completely anonymous, but it could help if people are shy about making their suggestions.  You can even make your Doodle poll look more official by adding branding.

All in all, a nice little tool, although I have no need to use it at present.  Thanks also to Rachel Marsh for the Doodle facts, especially pointing out the app for Facebook.

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