Twist, a Slack alternative focusing on async work, has been redesigned by Doist

Twist, the internal communication solution from Doist, the company behind Todoist and Twist, has been redesigned. When I originally wrote about Twist, I described it as “Slack without the distractions.” The business is doubling down on that notion with today’s makeover. As a consequence, you’ll have an opinionated tool for internal dialogues that will help you stay focused and on track.

Despite the fact that Doist began working on Twist before the coronavirus outbreak, it appears that Twist is more vital than ever. Many teams have begun working remotely for the first time in the last few years. Some Microsoft 365 subscribers began utilising Microsoft Teams, while others invested a significant amount of time in the process.

Doist founder Amir Salihefendic thinks those tools don’t work well. He has been promoting asynchronous communication for years. Slack or Microsoft Teams interrupt you all the time with notifications and chat messages. It’s hard to keep up, especially if you don’t work in the same time zone as the rest of the team. And it’s impossible to have two conversations at the same time in the same channel.

Twist’s strongest differentiating point with Slack is still there. In Twist, every conversation is a thread. If you want to start a conversation, you click on a channel, such as #design, #ios or #support, and then you start a thread with a title and some body text. After you post a new thread, other users can add comments, react with emojis and you can tag people.

If you want to send quick feedback, ask a question to someone specifically or have a private conversation, Twist also lets you send direct messages to other users. But it’s the equivalent of sending a text message as those conversations are not meant to hold important work conversations.

The interface has been completely redesigned. The product has a cleaner look that helps you focus on what you’re looking at right now. Instead of a three-column layout with channels on the left, a list of threads in the center and the current open thread on the right, Doist has opted for a two-column layout that lets you focus on the current thread.

When you open a thread, it fills up most of the interface so that you can follow conversations better. You don’t get distracted with new comments in other threads as you can’t see the list of other threads.

The inbox view has been redesigned to help you see what you missed when you weren’t looking at Twist. From this view, you can see new content in the threads that you’re following. You can read those threads, add comments and more. Once you think you’re done interacting with a thread, you can mark it as done. Twist moves the thread from your inbox to the “Done” view.

Other new features in today’s release include new keyboard shortcuts to help you move from one thread to another and a better search feature. The product costs $5 per user per month if you sign up to a yearly plan. There’s a free option to try out the product, but you can only see one month of comments and messages.

Doist has revamped its internal communication and has been in the new content to focus on new thread of technology which is interesting for the new users. All my best wishes to them.

Shishir Gupta, Founder and CEO, StartupLanes

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