The process of picking times on individual days is something that our users are very familiar with when scheduling an event with Doodle, but what about scheduling events that span multiple days, such as a vacation with friends or a conference? Our users have frequently requested a multi-day feature, and we’re happy to say that multi-day event polls are now supported internationally on the Desktop Web version of Doodle!
This free new feature has already been available in the United States and Canada, and users in those locations have tested multi-day events and provided their feedback. During this testing period, around 65,000 multi-day event polls were created, and more than 250,000 people participated in those events. Based on the success of those polls, the time has come to roll this feature out to all of our users.
Scheduling a multi-day event is simple. Just click on a date, grab the green arrow, and select the number of days that you need. Enjoy!
In the past several weeks, our Doodle Engineering Team has worked hard to help people who are using our scheduling tool for the first time. In fact, we’ve redesigned the invitation step of the Doodle poll wizard and we’re launching the updated version today. So what are these changes and how do they help?
First of all, you can now use Doodle to send out up to 20 invitations without needing to sign up for an account. We increased this number because so many Doodle polls include up to 20 participants, and this number has risen week by week. This tells us that you’re using Doodle with more and more people, which is simply awesome!
If you want to invite more than 20 people, then we will require you to sign up, simply to prevent misuse and spamming. Doodle will send out beautiful emails to your invitees, all of which you can preview in the wizard. These emails explain what Doodle is and they contain the invitation link to your poll. You can even add a personal message to these emails.
Invite more friends, colleagues or guests easily
Secondly, you can now connect your Google and iCloud address books right in the wizard to make it even easier to find all of the email addresses for the people you want to invite. We honor your privacy and only send invitation emails to the users you want to invite – we will never contact someone from your address book without your permission. We do not even store your address book on our servers.
For our regular users, we want to point out that you can still use Doodle the way you always have. You can still invite people by sending the link to your survey on your own. Just skip the invite step and you’re good to go.
What do you think? What other ways to invite people would you like to see on Doodle? Please give us your feedback right here on our blog.
Your Doodle Team
Who hasn’t experienced this problem before: we click the SEND button in our eMail program and realise just in that same second, that we have sent a wrong link or have sent the eMail to the wrong person. Our Doodle users told us that they would love to get security for such error when sending the participation links for a scheduled poll out.
With today’s release, we have improved the use of Doodle admin links. Within the admin panel for your poll we now have added a functionality for organisers to reset the admin link. Such new admin link will be sent to the organiser by eMail, actually to that address that was used for setting up the poll. All users that have received the former admin link will be able to participate in the poll but not be able to administer the poll.
In hoping that we were able to help our users with such change we wish you happy Doodling on the world’s easiest scheduling tool.
Your Doodle Team
With 20 million users, Doodle is the worlds largest and most successful tool for scheduling group events and we continuously work on improving our product. During the past weeks we worked on improving our calendar connection for Doodle.
Doodle’s calendar connection is one of the preferred options for people to choose Premium Doodle. We received a lot of feedback from our users regarding our synchronization feature and over the time one thing stuck out: Users do not want tentative events to be synchronized making their calendar unclear.
That’s why we chose to change this feature and only use the sync functionality with their final event from now on. This keeps you calendar tidy and you are still able to find all important events at a glimpse. Tentative events that were already synchronized will be smartly removed with the next synchronization initiated by yourself.
[Update as of 11 June 2014]
When we published the blogpost above, we were keen to getting some feedback from our Doodle users. And yes, we received a lot of feedback here on the blog and through our support hotline which we appreciate. It is the open communication which helps us improve our Doodle application.
Because of your comments we were able to understand how you use the calendar integration and which factors are important to you. Based on the overwhelming feedback from you to keep the temporary calendar entries up we decided to wind back the current version. With our current release, we now offer you the choice with every Doodle synchronization, whether you’d like to enter provisional dates in your calendar or whether you would like to only enter the final date(s).
Thanks again for everybody’s constructive feedback so far and for any comments on the changes within this release.
Your Doodle Team
For quite some time, we’ve been receiving feedback from our users about the lack of the table view on the mobile version of our website. Many of you have requested it because it offers a much better overview of who is available and when.
Well, we’re happy to say that we’ve now brought the unique table view to Mobile Doodle. We’ve also updated the interface, which makes Mobile Doodle much clearer and more like an app. Check it out!
It’s important to note that only newer phones and specific browsers are supported yet. We’ll add support for more devices over the next couple of weeks. Also, Mobile Doodle focuses on the basic features of Doodle, so if you need access to additional features, please check out our iOS and Android apps.
A little over a year ago, we retired our Android app, but thanks to the ongoing requests from our users to bring it back, we’ve decided to relaunch an improved version of the Android app, and you can now download it from Google Play.
The app is based on our successful iOS app that has been around for more than three years. It includes a greatly improved user experience that is optimized for Android phones and tablets.
Here are the features that you’ll be able to enjoy:
- Easily participate in any poll by tapping on its participation link anywhere on your phone (e.g. in Mail)
- Initiate and track meeting requests from your phone, wherever you are
- Invite participants using your phone’s address book
- Optimized result view suggesting the best option for your meeting
- Communicate with participants using the comments feature
- Quick participation with the “All Options” or “None of the Options” button
- Easy access and overview from your dashboard
- Connect your Doodle account to stay in sync with your Web dashboard
- Poll administrator functionality
- Integrated with the local(!) calendar on the mobile phone
Mobile Doodle is still available for free through a Web browser, but we offer our paid mobile apps for advanced users who want access to more features. The Android app is charged on a yearly basis.
Download the app now and let us know what you think!
If you’re an Apple user, then you probably know that iCloud enables you to store your content (including calendars) online and seamlessly share it with your other devices. As a Doodle user, you can now connect iCloud to Doodle so that your calendar data is synchronized with Doodle and iCloud.
This is great news for Apple users because the cloud-based integration means that the calendar data will always be available, current, and automatically shared with other devices.
To set it up, all you have to do is activate the option, sign in to iCloud, and you’re done. This feature does require a Premium Doodle account, and you can get additional information from this page.
Please try it out and let us know what you think!