Doist redesigns Twist, the Slack alternative focused on async work

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doistoMILF company behind to-do list And turnhas revamped its internal communication product Twist. When I first covered Twist, I said it was like Slack without the annoying distractions. with today redesign, the company is doubling down on that idea. The result is a well thought out tool for internal dialogue that will help keep you focused and the team on track.

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While Doist started working on Twist Way before the coronavirus pandemic, it seems that Twist is more relevant than ever. Over the years, many teams began working remotely for the first time. Some companies that had a Microsoft 365 subscription started using Microsoft Teams, other companies spent a lot of time in Zoom meetings.

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 with notifications and chat messages all the time. 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 is impossible to have two conversations in the same channel at the same time.

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Twist’s strongest difference is still with Slack. In Twist, every conversation is a thread. If you want to start a conversation, you click on a channel like #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 emoji, and you can tag people.

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Twist also lets you send direct messages to other users if you want to send a quick response, especially if you want to ask someone a question or have a private conversation. But it’s the equivalent of sending a text message because those conversations aren’t meant to keep up with important work conversations.

The interface has been completely redesigned. The product has a neat look that helps you focus on what you are 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, Dois has opted for a two-column layout that lets you focus on the current thread.

When you open a thread, it fills most of the interface so you can better follow the conversation. You don’t get distracted by new comments in other threads because you can’t see the list of other threads.

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

Other new features in today’s release include new keyboard shortcuts to help you jump from thread to thread and an improved search feature. The product costs $5 per user and per month if you sign up for an annual plan. There is a free option to try out the product but you can only see one month’s worth of comments and messages.

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