Tungle expands Social Graph with Public Directory and Search

Montreal-based scheduling and calendar sharing tool Tungle continues to roll out announcements (it’s a long list) to Tungle.me and today announced the addition of a public directory, search functionality, and group meeting capabilities.

Tungle offers users a free web-based application that lets you share calendars across companies and platforms, schedule meetings with individuals or groups inside or outside their company and propose multiple meeting times in invitations. The service currently syncs with Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple iCal, Entourage for Mac, and Lotus Notes.

Tungle.me users can now opt-in to be included in a public directory, making it easier for others to find their personal scheduling page, view their availability and schedule meetings with them without signing up. Visitors can search for users by name or company name, either from the new Tungle.me home page or from within meeting invitations—without needing to upload contacts or create new friend lists.

The new Group functionality for Tungle.me allows users to create and name private or public groups, browse public groups in the directory, and save group aliases to contact lists. Non-users can also schedule meetings with public groups without having to register for accounts. Scheduling meetings with large groups has been made even simpler with the ability to overlay calendars of group members to see common availability. Groups can be created for associations, organizations, committees, departments, conferences, and more; making it easier to view others’ availability and schedule meetings between members.

I had a chance to demo Tungle 2.0 with CEO Marc Gingras and was suitably impressed. In addtion to showing off the service like a proud father, Gingras shared some impressive numbers. The four year-old company employes 23 in Montreal and Waterloo and has dedicated users at 20% of Fortune 100 companies, over 700 Universities, and in more than 100 countries.

Tungle has raised $6.5 Million to date. A $1.5 Million Round in May of 2007 from JLA Ventures and Desjardins Venture Capital followed by a $5 Million Series round in the Fall of 2008 led by Waltham, MA-based Commonwealth Capital Ventures.