Timebridge: Find time to meet.

February 3rd, 2007 at 12:00 am
 


Timebridge is a new application that takes calendar applications a step further. Usually, calendar and organizer applications are mainly used to show users when they are free a when they are not. Timebridge on the other hand is designed to find time for appointments.

According to some statistics timebridge displays on their homepage are:

  • 8, average number of meetings the busy professional schedules every week.

  • 50% of meetings are held with people outside the company,

  • 80% say that there is too much email and voicemail to set up a meeting,

  • 70% take more time setting the meeting with people outside their company than the meeting itself.

These gave rise to the conception of Timebridge. Timebridge promises to make scheduling meetings a lot quicker by running a program integrated in MS Outlook that crawls the calendar of its user and finally output a number of dates and times when the meeting can be held. These times are then sent to invitees of the meeting for their approval via email. When a time and date is confirmed, Timebridge automatically creates a workspace for every meeting so the user and the invitees can share meeting materials before the meeting. After the meeting, Timebridge also keeps everyone posted via email on the status of the agenda they met on.

Full Outlook Integration

Timebridge makes setting up a meeting as simple as sending a single email. With the Timebridge toolbar installed on a users MS Outlook (none for Mozilla Thenderbird and other clients yet), setting a meeting can be done by clicking a single button. The installed Timebridge application in Outlook also syncs with the calendar and provides a side bar so there is no need for the user to leave his email client. The calendar is automatically updated by Timebridge and alerts are sent via email. Basically the user doesn’t need to flip though his calendar anymore.

Upon conformation, the Timebridge application will also provide a collaboration space where files and messages can be shared between the user and his invitees. This space will also still be active after the meeting for updates and other things.

Invitees

From the invitees’ point of view, they do not necessarily need to have Timebridge installed. For them, only a browser is required to participate with Timebridge. If they also have Timebridge installed, then they could have a field day. Upon receipt of the invitation, all features of the integration will be available, alerts in the mailbox, updates in the calendar, etc.

Organization has always been a mess people have always tried to find ways to fix. Personal planner did work for a time but when more and more collaboration was becoming common, calendars needed an upgrade, calendars needed to talk with each other. Timebridge is one of those calendars and personally, I find it more useful since its use is specific rather than most notebook and collaboration applications available today (Zoho Notes, Google Notes, etc.).

To date, Timebridge is in Beta mode and they are inviting users to test the service. You can check them out here.