Doist, the corporate behind Todoist and Twist, has revamped its inner communication product Twist. Once I first lined Twist, I mentioned it was like Slack with out the annoying distractions. With at this time’s redesign, the corporate is doubling down on that concept. The result’s an opinionated software for inner conversations that ought to provide help to focus and hold the staff on monitor.
Whereas Doist began engaged on Twist approach earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, it seems like Twist is extra related than ever. Over the previous couple of years, many groups began working remotely for the primary time. Some firms that had a Microsoft 365 subscription began utilizing Microsoft Groups, different firms spent loads of time in Zoom conferences.
Doist founder Amir Salihefendic thinks these instruments don’t work properly. He has been selling asynchronous communication for years. Slack or Microsoft Groups interrupt you on a regular basis with notifications and chat messages. It’s onerous to maintain up, particularly in the event you don’t work in the identical time zone as the remainder of the staff. And it’s unattainable to have two conversations on the identical time in the identical channel.
Twist’s strongest differentiating level with Slack remains to be there. In Twist, each dialog is a thread. If you wish to begin a dialog, you click on on a channel, akin to #design, #ios or #assist, and then you definately begin a thread with a title and a few physique textual content. After you posted a brand new thread, different customers can add feedback, react with emojis and you’ll tag individuals.
If you wish to ship fast suggestions, ask a query to somebody particularly or have a non-public dialog, Twist additionally enables you to ship direct messages to different customers. However it’s the equal of sending a textual content message as these conversations will not be meant to carry necessary work conversations.
The interface has been fully redesigned. The product has a cleaner look that helps you give attention to what you’re taking a look at proper now. As an alternative of a three-column structure with channels on the left, an inventory of threads within the heart and the present open thread on the proper, Dois has opted for a two-column structure that allows you to give attention to the present thread.
Once you open a thread, it fills up a lot of the interface so to observe conversations higher. You don’t get distracted with new feedback in different threads as you may’t see the record of different threads.
The inbox view has been redesigned that will help you see what you missed once you weren’t taking a look at Twist. From this view, you may see new content material within the threads that you just’re following. You may learn these threads, add feedback and extra. When you assume you’re accomplished interacting with a thread, you may mark it as accomplished. Twist strikes the thread out of your inbox to the ‘Completed’ view.
Different new options in at this time’s launch embody new keyboard shortcuts that will help you transfer from one thread to a different and a greater search function. The product prices $5 per person and monthly in the event you signal as much as a yearly plan. There’s a free choice to check out the product however you may solely see one month of feedback and messages.