Doist, the corporate behind Todoist and Twist, has revamped its inner communication product Twist. Once I first coated Twist, I stated it was like Slack with out the annoying distractions. With right now’s redesign, the corporate is doubling down on that concept. The result’s an opinionated software for inner conversations that ought to enable you to focus and preserve the group on observe.
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 a variety of time in Zoom conferences.
Doist founder Amir Salihefendic thinks these instruments don’t work effectively. 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 exhausting to maintain up, particularly when you don’t work in the identical time zone as the remainder of the group. And it’s unattainable to have two conversations on the similar 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, corresponding to #design, #ios or #assist, and then you definitely 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 may tag folks.
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. But it surely’s the equal of sending a textual content message as these conversations aren’t meant to carry necessary work conversations.
The interface has been fully redesigned. The product has a cleaner look that helps you deal with what you’re proper now. As an alternative of a three-column format with channels on the left, a listing of threads within the heart and the present open thread on the best, Dois has opted for a two-column format that allows you to deal with the present thread.
If 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 possibly can’t see the listing of different threads.
The inbox view has been redesigned that can assist you see what you missed if you weren’t Twist. From this view, you possibly can see new content material within the threads that you simply’re following. You possibly can learn these threads, add feedback and extra. When you assume you’re finished interacting with a thread, you possibly can mark it as finished. Twist strikes the thread out of your inbox to the ‘Completed’ view.
Different new options in right now’s launch embody new keyboard shortcuts that can assist you transfer from one thread to a different and a greater search function. The product prices $5 per consumer and per 30 days when you signal as much as a yearly plan. There’s a free choice to check out the product however you possibly can solely see one month of feedback and messages.