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2017: Year in Review

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Photo by Lukas Blazek on Unsplash

Redesign 

We started rolling out our redesigned Doodle in a few countries back in April of 2017. Do you remember what Doodle looked like before? The sturdy version we had for almost ten years? The redesign is so much sleeker and friendlier. We ran the beta version of the site until October before we switched off the lights on old Doodle. With your feedback, we improved the overall flow of poll creation and participation. Sending invites is easier and poll management is more intuitive. We also increased loading times by over a second. What can I say? We revamped everything while staying true to the product you love. That’s some magic right there.  

Meekan

We’ve also been up to some coolness with Meekan. If you don’t already know (and you should) Meekan is the world’s smartest AI scheduling assistant. Previously, you could interact with Meekan over Slack, Hipchat, and Microsoft Teams. In November, we released a Meekan chrome extension so you can interact with Meekan in your browser. Connect the browser to your Google account. Add your invitees, and in seconds Meekan will compare everyone’s schedules and suggest the best times. Easy as pie.   

The pairing of Meekan and Doodle is the future of scheduling. Imagine the brains of this AI infused with the scheduling app you already love. We’ve got some exciting things planned for later in the year, so make sure you’re paying attention.

Apps

Back in June, we were one of the first that Google allowed to implement the new Android instant app. This technology wasn’t available until last year, and we were chosen to beta test the new version. Instant apps provide the native app experience so you can still create polls with Doodle on your mobile, even if you don’t have the app. Always on the cutting edge. iOS has gotten better and better over the course of the year. Now you can experience all the Premium features (like who is missing and branding) you enjoy from the website in our app.

It was an incredible 2017, but we’ve got our sights on 2018 for the best year ever.

 

 

 

Doodle, Meekan, and the future

For those of you who aren’t already in the know, Meekan is the world’s smartest AI scheduling assistant. A short while ago, we were happy to welcome Meekan into the Doodle family, and since then we’ve been working on some exciting things. You can read more about the beginning of this great relationship here. Together, Doodle and Meekan are the future of scheduling.

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What can Meekan already do?

Meekan can connect everyone’s calendars, and propose the best times to meet, all through a simple chat interface. Meekan learns about your schedule and the times you regularly meet with certain people, and then proposes the best times to meet. He also knows your routine so he won’t schedule anything too early or too late. And it’s not just you either, Meekan will do the best to make your whole team happy, already knowing and learning everyone else’s schedules. You can chat with Meekan over Slack, Microsoft teams, or Hipchat and he’ll do the rest by suggesting the best, and other possible times to meet. Sound good? It’s simple to get started.

It’s already so easy to have Meekan schedule your meetings. Did you know it’s also just as easy to move meetings around or reschedule? Find yourself in traffic on the day of a morning meeting?  No sweat, just ask Meekan to push the it back 15 minutes to account for the delay, and he’ll send out emails to let everyone know.

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Scheduling and more   

In the future, even more will be possible and Meekan’s capabilities will stretch beyond organizing meetings. He’s already great at finding when you can meet, but soon he might also find where you can meet. Let’s do a thought experiment together shall we?  Imagine you need to book a meeting with your 15-person team and ample meeting space in your office is a hot commodity. You can simply say “Meekan, let’s get the team together next week.” In seconds, Meekan finds the optimum time for everyone to meet, and books an empty conference room. Matty Mariansky of Meekan is confident about the future, “We want him to do everything that an office manager can do. Taxis, buses, new office supplies. Order pizza bot to bot. ‘Send the humans some pizza,’ he’ll say.”

Doodle and Meekan, unified

How many ways can you schedule a meeting? For the moment, 7000 and counting. That’s how many ways Meekan has learned that you need to find time for a meeting. And this number is growing every day. The next big step is a unification of the brains of Meekan with the simplicity of Doodle. Think about the scheduling tool you already know and love, with the brains of the sharpest AI chatbot in the world. Take a moment to imagine how simple and effortless scheduling will become when your robot assistant already knows your desires at almost the second you realize them, and has the ability to carry them out. We’ve got some important developments coming, and we’re almost ready to announce them. For the moment, take a second to dwell on the fact that science fiction isn’t as far away from reality as we think, and it’ll make work a whole lot easier.