With Tungle.Me’s Imminent Demise, What Options Do You Have for Scheduling?

by Annie

in Scheduling Your Day, Tools & Apps

Closeup of day planner with schedule blanks(This post has been UDATED – see “Option #5” section below)

Sad news, from the world of Tungle

As of Monday, December 3rd, 2012 we will shut down the standalone Tungle service. You will continue to be able to use your Tungle.me page until then to schedule meetings and share calendars. We know our dedicated members rely on Tungle every day to manage their calendars and we don’t want to leave you out to dry, so we suggest you check out Doodle to replace Tungle in December.

So, what’s a solo to do, if she’s been using Tungle.Me for scheduling?

Fret not, my brothers and sisters in Couch-Warrior-Land. I have some options for you.

Option #1: Doodle

First up: the site recommended by Tungle.Me — Doodle.

Doodle ScreenshotLike most of our contenders, Doodle is available in both free and premium versions. Premium rates start at a very reasonable $39 per year for a solo user, and go up from there for business and enterprise solutions.

Doodle only does scheduling, from what I can see (unlike Satori, one of our other contenders here, which also handles billing & invoicing).

The free version looks solid for one-off events, or for group events that take place infrequently (i.e., once a month or so).

And you can’t beat free, in any event.

But if you’re looking for a more substantial solution or one that provides other benefits, you might want to keep on looking.

Option #2: Satori

Satori Screenshot Satori also offers a free version, as well as more robust premium levels to boot.

The free level offers up to 15 scheduled sessions and 100 contacts tracked per month. Higher-priced levels include billing and invoicing, as well as CRM functions, all for relatively reasonable prices.

It also provides a free 30-day trial at all levels.

Plus PJP buddy Michelle Nickolaisen of Bombchelle uses it and loves it. So, y’know, that’s high praise indeed.

Right now, this one looks the best for PJP’s own needs, out of the four options I looked at.

Option #3: Book’d

Book’d is still in beta – you can request an invite here. A few friends have played around with it, and I’m trying to get a more in-depth review to share with you. Until then, all I can say is “Nice landing page.”

Option #4: Schedule Once

ScheduleOnce is scheduling only, as the name implies, but it looks like it does the one thing it does very well

Pricing is fairly reasonable, and like Satori, there’s a free trial period.

(UPDATED) Option #5: ScheduleThing

A reader also alerted me to another option — ScheduleThing.

Pricing seems to be roughly comparative to other apps, with free and premium options ranging from $19 to $129 monthly. The main distinguishing feature that varies between levels is the number of resources — defined as “a person, place, or thing that can be reserved.”

Most solo service providers will need one resource — i.e, the solo — and may do just fine with the free option. But if you have contractors or teams that rotate service schedules, you’ll need to upgrade to keep it all straight.

Each kind of new account gets the first month free.

Bottom line: it’s definitely a contender and I’ll be checking it out.

Pajama Productivity’s Decision

I think for PJP’s coaching clients, Satori looks like the best solution, so we’ll probably be implementing it very soon.

But with free trials and free versions abounding here, the best bet is to check the pricing and features of each contender against your own budget needs, then try them out for a month or so, to see which one seems more intuitive and user-friendly.

How about you? Are you sad to see Tungle.Me go? What tools, if any, do you use for scheduling? Hit us up in the comments!

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Erin November 3, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I love Tungle…so sad it’s going away!! I signed up for Doodle, but I really don’t like it. I’ve been playing with TimeBridge, but I don’t love that one either. Oh Tungle, why are you leaving??

I’m interested in Satori — I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks for doing the research for us 🙂

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Annie November 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

My pleasure! If you’re interested in writing a review of any of the ones you’ve tried for PJP, we’d love to give you the space! Drop me a line here if you’re interested.

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Shanna Mann November 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Like Erin, I didn’t like Doodle. You had to select individual hourly blocks, not just a range like in Tungl. It made the service much less flexible.

Tried Time Bridge, found it clunky. Plus the email notifications showed up strangely… like an embedded pdf in my email. I couldn’t even read them.

I’m now trying Schedule Once, and I’m cautiously optimistic. I’m liking their “productivity features” (which was a great marketing approach). But I think I’ll try out Satori before I settle on anything. Thank you for the suggestion.
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Annie November 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Thanks Shanna – TimeBridge’s email oddity would turn me off, for sure. I rely on notifications to process quickly, as I don’t keep email or apps open while I work, but chunk them during 2-4 sessions during the day. I like ScheduleOnce so far, and if I didn’t need to improve billing systems as well – in other words, if all I needed was scheduling — I’d probably go with it. Same offer I made to Erin, I’ll make to you – if you’d like to write a review for any of the apps you’ve tried, I’d love to post it here! Shoot me a line if you’re interested. 🙂

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dotan November 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm

A great alternative for you can be vCita!
It’s a great solution for online scheduling, adding contacts and manage customers.
Check it out at vCita! http://www.vcita.com

We are now launching a special plan for Tungle.me graduates.
contact us at support@vcita.com for more details,

Dotan
vCita Team

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Owen McGab Enaohwo November 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I used to use Tungle but when they sent the email notice that they are shutting it down, I was immediately and proactively contacted by the folks at VCita. I took a chance at them and I must say their appointment and calendar scheduling tool is the best and easiest to use. Check it out for yourself (<<<— note that I am raving fan and I am not paid to say this)
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Paul Cooley November 13, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Hi Annie! Awesome post!! I have been looking for a system that will talk with my Apple email client. Which I have had a hard time, everything wants to sync with gmail or something. So I am going to check out your resources for sure!

Keep up the great work! 🙂
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Linda Ursin November 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I’m sad to see it go, especially since I just started using it. I’m using Doodle now, but I miss not having a “book a session with me” thingy on my website anymore.
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Mitch November 17, 2012 at 7:33 am

I used tungle.me religiously, it simplified so many things but also had so many bad points. Especially the interface. Seems like calendarme.in is going to take up the mantle. Those guys are doing an amazing job.

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Bridget Harris November 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Hi Annie,

Have you tried YouCanBook.Me?

We’ve just launched a special deal for ex-tungle users – http://youcanbook.me/tungle/

oh – and we also do a ‘book now button’ – all free for solo use.

Do get in touch if you have any questions

best wishes
Bridget

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primavera July 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm

oh no!!! so sad about tungle.me :((( why dont they just bring it back! thank you for the alternate options they’re a huge help! will look into recommended Satori. And thank you everyone else for all the helpful suggestions! Life savers. 🙂

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Tope September 16, 2013 at 2:43 am

For those still looking for a free alternative to Tungle.me, check out calendly.com. The highlights:

-100% free
-great looking, modern and user friendly interface
-2 way Google calendar sync
-full control over your availability – define minimum scheduling notices, buffers and more
-automated reminders
-outlook/exchange integration coming soon

Feel free to make a test appointment at calendly.com/testdrive to get a feel for how it works. And if you like it, go ahead and sign up – it’s free!! And it only take 1 or 2 minutes to set it up

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Daniela November 6, 2013 at 2:40 am

Thank you so much for this article – this has been really very useful and I’m going to try a few out. Thanks again!

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Dan Nielsen April 12, 2014 at 11:52 am

I’m so happy I found this conversation.

We’re a small team developing: http://www.timebird.co/
Timebird solves the scheduling problem in a slightly different way than you usually see.

Most current services are either:
– Focussed on making your calendar available for clients to book time in – Appointment focus.
– Scheduling through selecting and voting on dates and times – Doodle style.

We make the process more automatic by connecting all participants calendars to the service, and suggesting times for meeting up based on availability across all calendars.

We are developing the product as we speak, but the core functionality is in place.
We’ll start inviting people to our private beta before long.

I would love any feedback or questions – and of course hope some of you will join the beta list at http://www.timebird.co/

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Monika January 4, 2017 at 1:38 pm

For those still looking for an alternative to Tungle.me, I can recommend you APPOINT.LY – it does all the stuff a scheduling tool should do:
– it integrates with online calendars,
– it allows to set available slots manually and to put your own message,
– it sends scheduling confirmation and reminders before the appointment,
– it has time zone synchronization.

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Annie January 13, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Thanks for the tip!

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