Yesterday, Tungle debuted a site called "The Calendar of the Future | A Manifesto".   The site features interviews with Tungle's team and industry experts, including Robert Scoble, Google's Don Dodge, LinkedIn's Ellen Levy, Facebook's Michael Brown, me, and others.  I am honored to be in the company of smart, visionary people on these videos.  They are well worth 15 minutes of your time.

Part of the reason I was so excited to participate in the Manifesto was my long ties to enterprise calendaring and scheduling.  Back in 1993, I was one of Lotus's first corporate customers to deploy Lotus Organizer 1.1 as a group scheduling tool along-side my company's cc:Mail environment.  It was that pioneering work with Lotus that actually lead to my joining the company in 1994, and the rest is, as they say, history.  

Except that the Tungle videos challenge us to think about the future, too.  Where is calendaring going?  Why hasn't it gone the way of "contextual collaboration"?  Heck, why hasn't the metaphor of a calendar changed at all?  (Part of my answer -- "the sun goes up, the sun goes down").  What will be different about it in the future?  How does calendaring affect the blur between my business and personal life?  What does the trend towards transparency and sharing online have to do with calendaring?

These are all good questions, which I and the others in the videos attempt to answer from our own viewpoints.  I applaud Marc, Jonathan, and the team at Tungle for putting this stake in the ground and establishing thought leadership.  It's also cool to see that the site is generating hundreds of click-throughs just from mentions on Twitter and a few blogs.

As many of you have heard me say for the last several months, using Tungle is a logical next step in calendaring for me and many others.  Simply by pointing you to my Tungle page, I can make you aware of times when I'm available to meet -- no admins, no need to connect to my server, no interop at all, except a plug-in in my Notes 8 client and industry standards we already support.

Link: The Calendar of the Future | A Manifesto >

My other manifesto videos:
History of the calendar >
Future of the calendar >
Ecosystem >
Data and semantic relationships >

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