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Power up your calendar

Get the most from Doodle. Connect your calendar.

When you connect your calendar to your Doodle account you can create and participate in polls with the advantage of viewing your calendar appointments at the same time.

There’s no need to toggle back and forth or stretch and balance your windows to simultaneously compare the poll and your calendar. 

Open your account settings and click the appropriate calendar. Simple as that… https://doodle.com/account#calendars

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The calendar connection also allows you to add events to your calendar automatically.

You can sync all your poll selections and final dates automatically. When you open a poll and click over to calendar view, you’ll see the option to choose a calendar from the menu in the bottom left corner. Then you can choose then choose to add selected and final dates to your calendar. Once you make your selections, those date/time options appear in your calendar without a second click. These tentative dates can serve as placeholders so that you can plan the rest of your schedule without the possibility of conflicting events. Once the final date has been chosen the rest of the tentative dates disappear and you’re left with one event in your calendar. Or you can skip this step and just add the final date to your calendar if you like.

Keep in mind that Doodle offers a direct connection to Google and Microsoft 365/Outlook.com calendars. All others can be subscribed to via ICS feed.

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Get the word out! Send invites

Noticed anything different lately?

You’ve been contacting us via email and Twitter with loads of comments and suggestions over the last months. Guess what? We’ve listened.

Pulling from the feedback of millions of users, we’ve spent the last year working tirelessly to bring you this new and improved version of Doodle. We hope you’re enjoying the refined process of poll creation and fresh look of the site.  

I’m here to bring you some fresh tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your scheduling experience. Let’s go!

Send invites: With new Doodle we offer you two different ways to share your poll with others. Once you’ve added all your options and completed your poll, you can click ‘invite’ at the top of the page to see the participation link of your poll. You’re free to copy this and share it as you like. You can also click ‘email’ and send out your invitations directly from Doodle. Moments later your invitees can open the link from their inbox and make their selections in you poll!

Go ahead and give it a try.

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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.”

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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.  

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip Through Europe

With summer upon us, it’s not too late to start planning your Europe backpacking journey with your friends. Organizing, especially amongst a group of friends, can be a pain. With so many countries, places, and bars to see across Europe with so little time, it can be a nightmare planning it all.

Here are a few things to keep in mind for your backpacking adventure…

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Planning your dates – With a continent to explore and everyone one of your friends having a different idea about what to see and do, Doodle can help you plan your travel schedule together. Doodle simplifies the process of agreeing on a date and time for a holiday with friends or family members cutting out the endless WhatsApp chats. Simply suggest the possible dates, send to the participants via the app, email or iMessage and then let them instantly vote on which options work for them. Doodle will do the rest, confirming the best time for everyone. The best times to travel in Europe are in the shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn since European cities in the summertime can be packed tourists and cruise guests.

Transport – Getting around Europe can be a breeze, from cheap discount airlines like Ryanair offering £10 flights to bus companies such as Flixbus offering €5 bus fares between cities. Europe has it all. Despite the number of options, planning ahead will save you lots of money as fares in the summer can shoot up quickly last minute, especially if all your friends voted with Doodle on going to La Tomatina. Make sure to tackle landing cheap tickets as soon as possible so you avoid paying over-the-odds for transportation. Train travel is a great way to travel around Europe since you can purchase a Eurail pass that will allow you to travel to multiple countries using the one, global pass.

Festivals – No summer backpacking journey to Europe would be complete without attending one of Europe’s many festivals. From the world famous music festivals such as Tomorrowland to Spanish cultural festivals such as Las Fallas and Running of the Bulls – there is a festival in Europe for every occasion. But before diving head first into a festival, it is important to pack the proper gear. For example, if you plan to head to Oktoberfest in Munich, make sure you don’t forget to pack the lederhosen, or you will miss out on half the fun!

Budget – While running out of money happens to some, it is not in the life of Doodlers. Before you leave on your trip with your friends it is important to hash out your travel priorities, because there is nothing worse than getting to Paris than finding out you can’t afford to see any of its amazing museums. At the same time, while saving on accommodation can increase the longevity of your journey, don’t be afraid to splash out every now and then on experiences that you will never forget. Create a budget to stick to, and make use of apps such as Venmo or Splitwise to help you split your costs fairly.

Accommodation – There are many ways you can save money on accommodation, such as staying in hostels or booking an apartment on AirBnB and splitting the costs. Apartment shares are actually a great way to save money when you’re travelling in a group since you can buy groceries at the supermarket and cook your own meals at home.

Backpacking with your friends around Europe can be a life-changing experience that you’ll never forget. With the correct planning and communication with your friends, you can have an incredible journey. There may be a few unforeseen hiccups along the way, no doubt, but that is part of the entire travel experience.

 

About the Author

Victoria Brewood is owner of Life Hacks and Tips – a site offering life hacking tips for every situation. She has been travelling the world since 2008, visiting over 50 countries including Madagascar, Iceland and Japan to name just a few. Victoria’s favourite countries to backpack in Europe are Portugal and Montenegro.

On the Cutting Edge: Android Instant Apps at Doodle

Get your mobile out – at least if it runs on Android – and look what we’ve got for you! We are among the first ones Google allowed to implement the new Android Instant App feature. It’s now available for all our Android users!

Google’s Android Instant App technology was introduced last year. It enables you to use certain parts of a native App without having to download it. We’ve been testing the beta version during the last couple of months and now we have it live for you. Give it a spin!

If you happen to be reading this article on your Android phone, try it out immediately by clicking on the following link: https://doodle.com/create

What advantages do I have with the Instant App?

You will immediately notice the improved usability. While mobile websites look the same for both Android and the iPhone, Instant Apps were developed specifically for Android and deliver the same native app experience. It features both the natural interaction elements of a real Android App and its high performance.

That means that even if you’re reluctant to download our app (actually, why would you…?), you can still create polls with the great user experience of a native App. This makes creating polls on your phone even easier!

Last week Google used the Doodle app as a use case and introduced it live on stage at their massive Google I/O developer conference in California. So: we’re again on the cutting edge of implementing new mobile technologies and we’re super proud of our Android development team.

Don’t be sad iPhone users, there are some cool things in our pipeline for you as well 😉

Doodle gets a fresh look!

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You might have noticed that things are looking quite different on our website. That’s for a good reason: our new redesign! Today we’re rolling out our completely redesigned online service in the United States. Currently, the fresh look will be visible for free Doodle users. Premium and logged-in Doodlers will get the chance to join the fun in the coming months too!

 

The redesign has already gone live in the UK, Australia, Canada and many other parts of the world. The launch in the United States marks the largest release of the new design so far. 

The goal of this redesign has been to make Doodle visually more appealing and even easier to use. Our users have been part of the redesign process since day one. Based on your input, the new design features less steps, a decluttered calendar view and other optimizations that speed up the process of scheduling.

We’ve caught your attention? Watch this video which highlights some of the awesome improvements we’ve made.

We’re excited for you to use our redesigned online service to organize your next occasions. Thoughts and feedbacks on what you like and we can improve on are greatly appreciated.

We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the entire testing process throughout the last couple of weeks with their feedback and patience and help us achieve this amazing, very good-looking 😉 result!

 

April 1st Special Offer: Doodle’s secret recipe to keep calm!

Doodle‘s mission has always been to get rid of the stress when scheduling. We at Doodle took our mission quite literally. According to the credo “Treat yo self” we have set you up with all the tools you’ll need to, for once, just say “no”, lean back and enjoy life. Head over to Doodle and check them out!

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Spring isn’t only calling for Kick-Offs but with its warming, inviting sun currently tries to lure us out of our offices to relax. With all the time you’ve saved with Doodle, why not invest it in productive unproductiveness, put yourself first and just lie back? Spend time with friends, treat yourself to some yoga sessions or just go outside and tan (if you don’t happen to be a I-never-tan-I-just-burn-person).

Everything’s set up to provide you with the necessary tools to do so. Let us clean up your calendar by removing anything that involves stress. Work? KPI’s? More like I‘m Keen on Partying!

May we also introduce you to Al? Al is really important. Al is driving our suggestion machine. Al will replace all of your meetings that sound complicated with anything related to sleeping, relaxing or eating in just one click. Al’s great. You’ll love him!

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Speaking of suggestions. Our excuse generator will avoid all your meetings that sound complicated, preventing you from getting any more goosebumps triggered by the sole thought of all the related To-Do’s. And last but not least it will entertain the poll organizer with witty responses rather than a formal “no”: The link you’ve sent doesn’t work #sorrynotsorry

Replacing all your meetings and trying to keep your stress levels at the record low, we are wishing you a wonderful, calm, relaxing and sunny weekend! 🙂