You’re getting this because at some point over the past year, you signed up for the Keep Posted beta.
Keep Posted started as a personal project to keep me busy during the pandemic, trying to solve a problem I had at my last job—boring, ineffective meetings that disrupted everyone’s time and screwed up people’s ability to focus on their most important work.
The idea was simple. Bad meetings suck. They’re stressful, they make the organizer feel bad, and they waste a lot of time for everyone. I thought, “What if we could divert some of what usually happens in meetings to a communication channel that didn’t require everyone disruptively blocking off time on their calendars? And could we do it in a way that feels more personal and vital than an email or a message dumped into Slack?”
Keep Posted tried to make team communication better with video messaging to deliver updates and ideas without meetings, but keeping a human connection by letting people see each other’s faces and hear each other’s voices.
But after working on it for a year, it’s become clear to me that Keep Posted is not doing the best job of fixing the problems it was designed to solve. I learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to asynchronous team collaboration. But at this point, I can’t see a way where it makes sense to keep developing Keep Posted.
The biggest reasons for the shutdown:
Keep Posted will stay online for the next few months. I enjoy being able to share what I’ve learned from it, and it’s not out of the question that some of the ideas in it will resurface in a new project. So it makes sense to leave it up for posterity.
This has been a huge learning experience for me, and I can’t thank you enough for your interest in the idea. I had so many great conversations over the past year that gave me a much deeper, human-centered understanding of workplace communication. There are clearly some big problems to solve in this area.
If you’re interested, I’m happy to share what I’ve learned (and mistakes I’ve made) working on this over the past year. I’ll be writing some about it, and the best way to stay on top of that is to follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn. You can also email me with any questions.
I really appreciate you being part of this project with me!
Howdy! 👋 I hope July has been good to you! Here's what's new with Keep Posted. Clip Titles Are Now Customizable Choosing your own text for a clip title used to be a huge pain. Now it's much, much easier to personalize clip titles beyond the default choices. See The Message Duration In 'Go Faster' Mode Keep Posted is made for busy teams, so it makes sense that you can play messages sped up to get through them faster. Now you can see the duration in 'go faster' mode so your viewer doesn't have...
Hi everyone! It's been a few months since the last Keep Posted update. There's a lot to catch up on! Here's an overview of the new features and improvements that got done in June, plus some thoughts on where Keep Posted is headed. Updates & Improvements Add, Notes, Links & Attachments To Your Messages When sharing messages that reference other materials (either files, websites, or documents), you can add links so viewers can quickly get to the resources you're talking about. Links and...