Saying goodbye to a member of your team is tough. They’ve served you well. They were loyal, consistent, shared your workload and contributed to your success. When they leave, their absence is noticed.
That’s how I felt this week when Tungle, my online scheduling system, handed in its resignation. Unlike other team members, Tungle wasn’t moving on to greener pastures. As of December 3, 2012, Tungle would be dead.
It was all in an email
I received an email from Marc earlier in the week. Marc is part of the Tungle team and was the one chosen to break the news to the many Tungle subscribers. The email was entitled Life is about the Journey. Here’s part of what he said:
“All of our new responsibilities within RIM are very exciting; however, it hasn’t left much time for innovation on the core Tungle product over the past year, as we’re sure you have noticed. To make the most of our new focus, we have sadly decided it is time to shut down the standalone Tungle service.”
And with that said, it was done. I will miss this member of the intandem team. Here’s why.
The 5 reasons why I’ll miss Tungle
1. It saved me time
Tungle freed up so much of my time. Part of running my business means scheduling appointments with clients and colleagues. Rather than play email ping pong trying to find a time that works for all of us, I can send the person a link to my Tungle calendar and they can see my availability. They can then choose a time that works for both of us.
2. It streamlined my scheduling system
Tungle automatically synced with iCal, which is the calendar system I use. This meant I didn’t have to manage two independent calendars, they actually talked to each other. I simply selected my available time slots in Tungle and it would display this information to those who were proposing a meeting with me. If I scheduled an appointment in iCal during one of those Available time slots, this information immediately got synced with Tungle, which would show it as busy.
3. I could customize Tungle
When people went to my Tungle calendar they felt it was an extension of my company and my brand. Tungle enabled me to put my intandem logo right there for all to see, so they knew they were in the right place. I loved that feature.
4. My clients loved using it
Whenever my clients are happy, I’m happy. Tungle was easy for them to use. They didn’t have to spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to use it. Tungle was intuitive and easy. It took them step-by-step through the process of scheduling a meeting with me. It also sent them a reminder of the meeting by email and would put the meeting details right into their calendar if they chose.
5. It was free
As an entrepreneur, Free is a price tag we all love. Many other scheduling systems only give you the bare bones of their capability at no charge. To use more robust features, such as custom branding, unlimited number of appointment bookings or multiple number of users, you have to upgrade for a fee. Tungle gave you the full meal deal all for free. I’ll really miss that.
What’s next for intandem?
I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I have to move on. Tungle is suggesting Doodle, but I’m going to shop around first. Time Trade and Acuity are two other scheduling systems I’ve heard good things about. In any event, it’s hard to replace such a reliable member of my team, especially when my expectations are so high.
So here’s to the whole team at Tungle. Thanks for making my job easier. May Tungle RIP.
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