UPDATE: Messaging with Doodle

We’ve been busy working on lots of cool new features in the last few weeks. Check out the details in the list below.   

Custom invites

You can customize your poll invitations. After you create a poll and add the names/email addresses of your invitees (see next section), you can now include a short message. Feel free to include any details you like about the poll or just a friendly greeting.   

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Address books

You can connect your address book and add your contacts by name or email. As soon as you start typing, you’ll see your contacts appear. For Premium Doodle users, these contacts will appear as placeholders on the bottom of the poll. When your invitees make their selections in the poll, the placeholders disappear. This feature allows you to get a quick overview of who has and who hasn’t participated in your poll.

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Stay in touch

We’ve made it even easier to get in touch and stay in touch with anyone you invite to a poll. Now it’s possible for Premium users to contact their invitees directly. The messaging option can be found in the ‘more’ menu at the top of the page.  You’ll see everyone’s email address populated in the box. You can choose to message everyone or just individuals if you’d like to connect over Doodle.

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Improved reminders

Send reminders to get results faster. For Doodle Premium users it’s possible to send out reminder emails with just a click. Everyone in the poll or just those who haven’t participated can be sent a reminder.

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Close the poll with a message

After you choose a final date and close the poll, you have the option to share the results of the poll. And just like with our poll invitations you can add a little note. Click ‘share results’ at the top of the page to try it out.

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Export to excel

When you export the poll to excel, you’ll have all the poll details in one handy file. You’ll notice that you’ll have all the names of your participants listed with their email addresses on the second sheet.

Create a new poll and see how awesome these new features are.

Try it out

Doodle in the Alps

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

A few weeks ago we got the entire Doodle team together for our yearly retreat. Nearly everyone from our 4 offices (Zurich, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and Belgrade) was able to attend. That’s a lot of Doodlers in one place!

We all had a blast sledging down the Alps and sharing stories over fondue and wine in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

Here’s a little glimpse into our trip. Check out all the pretty faces bringing you your favorite product.

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New Frontiers with Doodle and Meekan


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Doodle is more than just Doodle.com and our iOS and Android apps you know. Doodle is also Meekan! Meekan is the world’s smartest AI scheduling assistant. It’s a chatbot you can talk with on Slack, Hipchat, and Microsoft teams. Just ask for a meeting and Meekan will compare everyone’s schedules and suggest the best time. Together with Meekan, we’re expanding our scheduling domain into other territories with three exciting new projects. Now you can experience the power of Meekan in your browser, on your desktop, and on your Android device.

Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Google calendar Chrome extension

Are you a Chrome user? Statistically speaking, that’s probably the case. And it’s good news for you too. We’re bringing you Meekan in the form of a Chrome extension (which is just a custom program for your browser). You can download it from the Chrome store and start scheduling with Meekan in seconds. Just add the contacts you’d like to invite, and Meekan will suggest appropriate times based on everyone’s calendar. See below. I added a few contacts for my meeting and found a time when everyone can make it!

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Everyone can make it!

Mac OS app

The brains of Meekan can also accessed directly from your desktop with our new Mac OS app. Download it here. I’ll wait!

You can schedule meetings with anyone right from your desktop. No need to open your calendar, or send endless emails back and forth trying. Simply click, add your contacts, and Meekan will find a time that fits everyone. It’s as simple as that.

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Easy scheduling, right on your desktop

Meekan for Android

Now you can have Meekan in the palm of your hand. Download the new Meekan prototype for your Android device and experience just how easy scheduling a meeting can be. Just like our other prototypes, all you have to do is add a contact and Meekan will compare everyone’s schedules and suggest the best time to meet.

If you want to experience just how effortless scheduling is with Meekan, go ahead and try one (or all!) of our new prototypes. If you have feedback feel free to get in touch on Twitter or send us an email at support@doodle.com.  


Doodle at AMP 2018


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We’re so excited that our very own Michael Wuergler presented at this year’s AMP conference in Amsterdam.

AMP is an open-source project that aims to make the web better for everyone by creating faster web pages that perform better across all platforms. Most recently, Google has been working to bring the power of this framework to Gmail, and they asked us to develop a few applications for the new prototype.

Now, emails will no longer be static blocks of HTML that age and grow moss in your inbox. With this technology, developers will be able to create engaging, interactive email experiences. Your emails will be more dynamic; they’ll live and change with time. AMP for Email will make it possible for your emails to remain up to date every time you open them.

What does this mean for Doodle?

It means that you could get poll updates directly in your inbox. And I’m not talking about notification emails; I mean that your original admin email will update itself when people make their selections in your poll. You’ll be able to have a running tally of who voted for what in your poll as it’s happening. You could even choose a final date and close the poll right from your inbox. All without opening your browser. Finding a time to meet will be faster and easier with the ability to manage polls from your email.  

We’re waiting for Google to roll out AMP for Email, and then we can move to bring you all our cool AMP related projects.

If you’re interested in AMP and want to see Michael’s presentation you can check out the video below. He starts at about 6:30.


Doodle for Teachers and Students


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Doodle is the premier scheduling tool for educators and students.

We get feedback all the time from teachers and professors about how much they love Doodle and how useful it is for them. Here are a few of our favorite tips!


Lots of teachers and professors use Doodle to schedule one-to-one meetings with their students. It’s simple. Create a poll with all the available 15-30 minute time slots and send it out to your students. You can set a limit on the poll that each option can only be chosen once, so you avoid double bookings. The poll can also be hidden to keep everyone’s names and choices anonymous. Create a Doodle poll and let those one-to-one meetings schedule themselves. If you have recurring meetings, you can just duplicate the poll and reuse the same email addresses. What a time saver!

Classroom voting

If you need to take a classwide poll to find the best day to go on a field trip, for example, you can send out a poll with all the options and let the students decide. If you use the hidden poll feature, you can remove any bias. Date polls are a great way to make decisions collectively.


If everyone needs to get together for group projects, free text polls are the best way to go. Create options like Group 1, 2, etc. and let everyone choose their own. Don’t forget to set limits, so the groups don’t end up too big! You can also print the list, or export it as an excel file, and have all the information down on paper.

These are just a few examples of how Doodle is employed in the classroom. We hope they’ve given you a little inspiration for creative scheduling and polling for the classroom.

Manage Your Workspace Manage Your Life


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The Great Debate

People with tidy workspaces are more persistent than their messy peers according to a study by the Harvard Business Review. It may seem that a cluttered desk might make you appear as if you’re working harder, but you could be undermining your own ability to stick to a task. Two groups of students were placed in two different offices, one clean and orderly and the other cluttered and chaotic. The students in the clean office stuck to the directed task for on average 1.5 times longer than the other group. So perhaps your colleague with the empty desk is on to something. When you limit your distractions, you end up getting work done.

But what about the opposite? Does clutter spark creativity? As it turns out, individuals placed in a messy room generated more ideas than those in a tidy room according to a recent study by the Association for Psychological Science. The ideas generated were also deemed more interesting according to neutral judges. Scientist Kathleen Vohs also found that disorderly environments encourage freedom from tradition, which can lead to fresh insights.

Clutter Styles

So which is true? Perhaps both approaches are true simultaneously, lending credence to the concept of ‘clutter styles.’ Whatever the case may be, a tidy desk or a cluttered one, it’s important to understand in which environment you work best, and then take steps to develop a system around it. By recognizing your clutter style, you can identify what you need to do to optimize your productivity. If your piles of papers and books keep you comfortable, then make a space for them. If you need a tidy environment to keep those ideas flowing it’s best to keep those papers and books on the shelf where they belong.

Something to Agree On – Phones Away

As it turns out the presence of your smartphone may occupy some of your limited-capacity cognitive resources which leaves less room for other cognitive processing. If your phone is on the table you could be paying attention to it even when it’s not ringing, and this is preventing you from focusing on the task at hand. The research by Adrian Ward et al. transcends the tidy versus messy debate; putting your phone away is something everyone can do to better stick to the task at hand.

Whether your productivity is enhanced by a bit of chaos in your environment or you’d rather keep a neat desk to stay focused, it’s best to understand how your workspace contributes to your overall productivity. Furthermore, keeping that phone out of sight is a surefire way to gain a little more focus.   


How Slack Made Doodle More Productive


Slack is the premier communication tool for us at Doodle. It’s hard to imagine what work was like before it. Now our workspace is more than just our offices in Zurich, Berlin, Tel Aviv and Belgrade. All of us are connected on another plane, where work, communication and progress, are streamlined. We love Slack for all kinds of reasons, but here are the top 5.

And for all you Doodle fans out there that aren’t already on board with Slack, you can check out a special offer and get started today.


Slack channels are fundamental to our work. We use channels for everything. A general one with everyone included. Channels for our different teams; backend, design, apps, and so on. We have channels going for relevant tech news and even the weird stuff we stumble across on the web.

But what makes Slack so vital to our productivity as a company is that we create channels whenever a new topic arises. New project or idea? Start a conversation and add the relevant teammates. Inside of 5 minutes, we’ll have more ideas outlined and overall progress than if we’d scheduled a kick-off meeting and had to wait for a conference room.

Remote work

With the Doodle wheels turning in four different offices, we’re no strangers to remote work and conference calls. We use Slack to communicate in threads rather than emailing back and forth all the time, and we also use it for video instead of Skype or Hangouts.

You can use it for one-to-one meetings, or you can invite others to join. Our favorite part is the nifty sketch feature you can use when you share your screen. The sketch feature facilitates a little more back and forth between teammates when you’re presenting or communicating an idea. It’s funny how often you wish you could draw what you mean instead of describing it. Problem solved. 

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Slack offers hundreds of app integrations. When you can integrate all of the other tools you use on a daily basis with Slack, it becomes something greater than the sum of its parts. 2+2=5 right?

Google Drive – It’s so easy to manage all Google Drive needs from Slack. There’s no need to toggle back to email to approve access requests or find some lost comment notification. I’ll get every update on the documents I’m working right on my desktop.

Desk.com – When a user contacts us with feedback on a new feature, the message is automatically sent to our support channel in Slack. Our product team can have a look at it and discuss the next steps for implementation. There’s never any shortage of great ideas, and this Slack app helps to keep them coming.


Our favorite app for Slack gets its own section. Meekan.

Meekan is the world’s smartest AI scheduling assistant. Meekan can connect everyone’s calendars, and propose the best times to meet, all through chat on Slack. Meekan learns your habits and the times you typically meet with certain people and bases its suggestions on that. No more early meetings or anything after 6. And it’s not just you either, Meekan will do its best to make your whole team happy, having already learned everyone’s schedules.

But Meekan can do more than just set meetings. It is your assistant after all. Ask Meekan to edit, reschedule, rename, or move meetings around too. If you’re late to the office, pull up Slack and ask Meekan to push your first meeting back 15 minutes. It’ll send out a notification letting everyone know. You can ask Meekan how many meetings you have tomorrow or next week, and it’ll give you a breakdown of your schedule.

We Doodlers are flying between our offices all the time. To help us out, Meekan can also check the world’s flight database and find the earliest arriving, shortest, and cheapest flights anywhere.  



All of these great features are available on the go with the Slack apps for Android and iOS. The Slack app is a great way to catch up on what I missed yesterday or to get a start on my workday while I’m on my commute. If you need to alert team members, you can tap the @ to bring up a list of teammates and groups. They’ll get a notification that they need to check out a thread or take a look at a document. With the app, it’s just as easy to swipe and set your status to away if you’re not taking your work home with you.

Slack enables us as a company to share our ideas, our creativity and our progress. It also helps us to send cat videos and weird gifs to each other the second we see them.

Here’s a selection from our random Slack channel.  


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