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I'm looking for a way to find a common time to schedule a meeting among 3 or more people; this can be really frustrating, but for example, an online service could help a lot.

Are there any free services to schedule meetings what has your experience with them been?

Please indicate if the service is available in other languages or multi-lingual.

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A Web Apps question? –  Dmitry Selitskiy Jul 22 '11 at 5:28
    
@Dmitry thank you, I corrected the question, of course this should not be limited to Web Apps, but all online or offline services or even non electronical ways. Maybe some people schedule their meetings on a blackboard in the break room and they could share their experience here. It is about productivity, not about the web. –  mit Jul 24 '11 at 10:09
    
That's great, thanks! –  Dmitry Selitskiy Jul 24 '11 at 11:43
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Doodle is very fast, easy to use, and no registration is required.

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I am voting for this option as I represent one of those who regularly arrange group meetings for open source projects. My meetings involve people from many continents (time zones). Doodle has proved to be a productivity tool for such meeting arrangements. –  Tushar Joshi Jul 23 '11 at 14:14
    
It comes in many languages, you can switch at the left bottom of the page: English Deutsch Français Italiano Rumantsch العربية български Brezhoneg Català Čeština Dansk ελληνικά Esperanto Español Euskara Suomi Magyar Bahasa Indonesia עִבְרִית Lietuvių Nederlands Polski Português Русский Slovenščina Svenska Türkçe Українська 中文简体 中文繁體 –  mit Jul 24 '11 at 10:12
    
You can login with OpenID, GMail, Facebook or Yahoo –  mit Jul 24 '11 at 10:14
    
Welcome to Productivity.SE. One-liners aren't really helpful in our format. If you think something is worth using, please write about it, don't just paste links at people. The idea here is to provide answers, not just the same list a search engine would provide. –  Tom Wijsman Aug 7 '11 at 14:10
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Google Calendar. Since many people have personal accounts on Google, the barrier is low.

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Welcome to Productivity.SE. One-liners aren't really helpful in our format. If you think something is worth using, please write about it, don't just paste links at people. The idea here is to provide answers, not just the same list a search engine would provide. –  Tom Wijsman Aug 7 '11 at 14:11
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http://whenisgood.net/ also works well

I've used it a couple of times to schedule online meetings with 4 people from different parts of the world.

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Welcome to Productivity.SE. One-liners aren't really helpful in our format. If you think something is worth using, please write about it, don't just paste links at people. The idea here is to provide answers, not just the same list a search engine would provide. –  Tom Wijsman Aug 7 '11 at 14:11
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I see that TimeToMeet has some advantages:

  • It lets you "paint" the schedule on the computeer screen which is quite intuitive and quick
  • It allows you to keep your preferred time private

Disadvantages:

  • It requires registration, login with other services (like OpenID, Yahoo or Google Account) not possible.

The Doodle page at alternativeTo is a good starting point to explore other similar solutions.


Other possible ways:

By makig a classical telephone conference.

Some sort of group chat, for example IRC or the "group chat" feature of services like Yahoo Messenger, AIM or skype

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If they have a Google account, it looks like they can now use Google "Appointment slots".

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Welcome to Productivity.SE. One-liners aren't really helpful in our format. If you think something is worth using, please write about it, don't just paste links at people. The idea here is to provide answers, not just the same list a search engine would provide. –  Tom Wijsman Aug 7 '11 at 14:11
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