Calendar links have rapidly grown in popularity, but there has also been a fair share of moral outrage and resistance to the new technology. Calendly has led the way for widespread use of scheduling links, and has therefore faced much of the pushback.
Following the more recent Calendly controversy on Twitter, we decided that it's about time for some definitive guidelines on calendar link etiquette.
And before you ask yes, it is that serious for some people😳
Exhibit A: (no, we don't expect you to read all that)
Rule #1 - Never cold-drop your calendar or scheduling link.
Consent is the first rule of calendar links. Always make sure the other person indicates a desire to meet before you send a scheduling link.
If the other person hasn’t expressed a desire to talk or meet or consented to a meeting, then sending your calendar link will put them in the uncomfortable position of having to either decline or feel pressured to schedule a meeting with you.
Always wait until there's a clear interest in meeting before introducing your calendar link into a communication.
Rule #2 - Always leave room for an alternative
Calendar links are not quite as ubiquitous as other forms of technology, so you'll encounter plenty of people who have never interacted with a scheduling link.
It will be even more common to meet people who have never used or even heard of the specific tool that you use for your calendar link. Since people have varying levels of trust with clicking on unrecognized links or using software that they don't know, it's polite to leave room for an alternative.
Following these 2 rules will set you up for success with using your calendar link to smooth out digital social interactions!