The Groove Roadmap
The Groove Roadmap

The Groove Roadmap

“Map out your future – but do it in pencil.” – Bon Jovi

LAST UPDATED: START OF APR 2024

NEXT UPDATE: START OF JULY 2024

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Intro to the Roadmap

Hey there! 👋 Welcome. This is the Groove Product Roadmap where you can learn what new features and updates are in the pipeline. It’s a way to zoom out and see the big picture.

Community is at the heart of Groove ❤️ We believe in co-creating the future of Groove with Groovers. It’s important to us to shine a light on what the future holds as we grow and to share a clear feedback process for those excited to contribute along the way.

*Disclaimer*

We are a small team and make thoughtful decisions quickly. This roadmap isn’t set in stone. This is being shared for information purposes only and not as a binding commitment. We will adjust our plans as we learn more through seeing how people interact with the platform, as we hear new feedback from the community and team, and as we come up with new ideas.

Have feedback or ideas about where we’re heading?

Submitting feedback

If you have a feature you would love to see in Groove or feedback on the roadmap, we’d love to hear it! Please send us an email at hello@groove.ooo 📬 Details are much appreciated.

Please know that not all feature ideas will or can be implemented and some may take on new shapes as we bring them to life.

🧗‍♀️ Working on now:

🏠
Navigate to the home screen while Grooving

Respond to chats, plan your to-dos for the day, or share a win while Grooving!

✔️
Pull in tasks from previous days

Long gone are the days of needing to retype a task you do often! Pulling repeatable tasks into today’s to-dos will be quick and easy.

💬
Chat with someone outside of your orbit

No need to wait for them to accept your orbit request anymore.

🎯 Working on next:

Orbits improvements

Instead of people being added to your orbit automatically, you’ll be able to choose if you’d like this setting. Orbits will be one-way, so you do not need to request to be in someone’s orbit—it’ll function more like a ‘follow’ and be something you have more control over.

💬
Bigger group chats

Create a group for 4+ people to coordinate private Grooves together. Invite people from outside Groove to join you.

🏷️
Tagging Groovers with “@”

Tag someone in a message on Groove (and their name becomes a tappable link to their profile). You can also use this to introduce two people you think will get along great.

💭 Exploring:

ℹ️
Groove progress bar on your phone’s lock screen

You know how during a Spotify song, your phone shows you the song progress on your lock screen? Now you’ll be able to see your Groove progress on your lock screen, and the time the Groove is finishing.

📱
Smoother sign-ups for friends

Instead of today’s longer process where friends accept your invite via Groove’s website, your new invite directs them to download the app and they use your invite code to sign in automatically.

🔍
Improving discovery on Groove

Want to find other graphic designers / rock climbers / composers / chefs / or parents like you on Groove? We’re improving our search functionality so you can search keywords in people’s bios rather than just names. We’ll also surface people we think you’ll want to be connected with, so you can add them to your orbit. We’re considering offering tags for your profile with interests and topics (eg ‘author’, ‘gardener’, ‘entrepreneur’ etc) that will be searchable as well.

👋
Contacts or social media connections integration

This makes it easy for Groovers to see who they know already inside the Groove app and invite friends in.

🔎
See who else joined via a Groove partner you were invited by

When you come in via an invite link from a Groove partner (like Creative Mornings, for example), they show up on your profile in the “invited by” section. Tapping a partner’s name shows you a list of Groovers, who you might know or want to add to your orbit.

👋
Pronouns and bios in video chat

Hopped into video chat with groovers you haven’t met before and not sure which pronouns to use? or maybe want to just take a peek at their one-line bio? We got you.

📌
Bulletin boards get their own screen

To make room for a more comfortable reading (and high-fiving) experience, and so you can better see new posts, the bulletin boards are getting their own page in the app.

📪
“You’ve got a DM” email

It can be easy to miss when another Groover has sent you a new message, so we send you an email with a heads-up to read it.

📱
Smoother sign-ups using phone numbers

Sign up to Groove with your phone number - it’s faster, smoother (no need to go to your email to look for for verification links) and means it’s easier for us to verify community members when they join.

🤸‍♀️
Your week on Groove

Either in the app or in an email or both, we give a personalized roundup of stats: this week’s Grooves, who you Grooved with, goals and tasks, streaks (days Grooved in a row), weekly goals or wins posted, and high fives. For new Groovers we can include tips on how to make the most of your upcoming week, checklist-style. (eg schedule a morning kick-off groove, set weekly goal, etc.)

🚀 Launched:

📝
Task list improvements

Carry over tasks from previous days or reuse them again and again.

🔊
Improvements to in-Groove alerts

Ever accidentally miss regroup because you didn’t hear the 5-minute alert or the end-of-Groove music? Sometimes your phone sets the volume way down on just those alerts, automatically. Now you’ll see an indicator if you need to turn them up.

✉️
Email updates

Our email system setup is outdated and needs an upgrade! You shouldn’t notice anything different though.

👏
High fiving new Groovers

Brand new Groovers sometimes need a little love and encouragement to hop in their first Groove. Now, when someone new just joins the platform, they’ll show up in the “Online now” section with a button to high five them, so you can send some good vibes their way, as a warm welcome.

📱
Smoother sign-ups for new applicants

Instead of today’s longer process where new applicants fill out a form to apply on Groove’s website, now they’ll be able to do it directly inside the app and get notified when they’re accepted.

🪄
Groovy stickers

To help early Groovers get inspired by what’s possible in Groove and build their Grooving habit, they earn stickers as they learn the ropes.

🗣
Better notifications

More relevant and useful notifications that support new Groovers coming back into the app and making them feel welcome. Perhaps including an omni-channel approach with messaging, emails, and phone notifs.

📹
Video updates

To improve the quality of video and decrease the # of rocky connections.

🖼️
Larger view of profile photos

Say cheese! Tap on someone’s profile photo to get a full-screen view of it.

👀
See how many times you’ve Grooved together

When you visit someone’s profile, it shows how many times you’ve Grooved together in the past. It’s fun to hop around and see how many cool friendships have developed!

5️⃣
“Get to 5” counter for new Groovers

A little Groover counter on the home screen for brand new Groovers to help them get going on the platform, and start Grooving regularly.

🆕
Start a Groove update

If you go to start a Groove and one is already available to join, you’ll be asked if you want to join that one instead, so folks avoid missing each other by starting separate Grooves.

💳
Subscription settings

To help Groovers see the date their subscription started and ends right inside the Groove app. If a Groover cancels their membership, they’ll also be able to share feedback directly with the team inside the app.

📱
Smoother sign-ups for partner invites

Instead of today’s longer process where people joining Groove via our partners (eg Creative Mornings etc) had to do apply via Groove’s website, now they can download the app and they use an invite code to sign in automatically.

🔐
Login codes

To make the login experience more seamless, you’ll now receive a login code that expires within one hour. This will ensure that Groovers who request multiple login emails can get in smoothly.

💟
Updated onboarding for richer profiles

Prompts for fun things you can share about yourself to connect with others, a 1-line bio that’s visible when you appear on the home screen, plus the ability to add optional pronouns to your profile. New Groovers will be able to fill out these new items when they onboard.

💰
Paid membership

Groove will become a paid community starting January 23rd. $18/month or $120/year. If you’ve done more than 50 Grooves, you’ll get a discount on your membership.

✍️
Social handles on profiles

Now it’ll be easier to find Groovers outside of Groove, so you can cheer each other on when posting about a new project or well-deserved vacation! Add your links to your Instagram, Linkedin, Tiktok, X, Youtube, website, and podcast.

📩
New invite system

A new way to bring friends into Groove, giving Groovers a specific number of invites. You’ll also be able to see who’s joined using your invites, and explore who your friends have brought in too.

⏱️
More time to join

If you start a Groove, it will now stay active for longer than the previous 5 minutes so someone is more likely to join you.

👋
Showing who is online now

Making it easier to find friends to Groove with and reduce the uncertainty of who might join you.

New location for “start” button

The ‘big green button’ that new Groovers can sometimes find intimidating will now be a ‘little green button’ instead, and it’ll always appear at the the top of the home screen. So if someone in your orbit has started a Groove, instead of needing to join that one, you’ll be able to start your own if you choose.

Snazzy new look

Some subtle graphical updates to the way that groove cards look in the app: Besides looking cuter and more streamlined, you’ll be able to view more cards at once. Info about who’s waiting for a match, and when a Groove is starting is also presented in a more consistent way so New Groovers have a clearer picture about what’s happening.

🌐
Website updates to attract creative entrepreneurs

We’re clearer than ever about what Groove stands for and who Groove can benefit. So we’re tweaking the website to showcase our awesome community and be more specific about who should apply to join. An updated FAQ section also helps quell first-Groove jitters.

🔵
Blue and yellow online status dots

On the home screen, you’ll see a blue dot when someone is online and has their phone open now, or a yellow dot when someone’s online but hopped away from their phone for a bit. This helps you see who might be faster to join your Groove, or who might need a few minutes.

📌
Bulletin board: wins, announcements, tech support

In addition to sharing a goal, we’re adding in a bulletin for sharing wins from the week. After that, our slack channels for announcements and tech support & ideas will be moving to over to bulletin boards as well. This way there’s no need to hop between two apps. The design will still say simple and clean though, without taking up a lot of space.

🗒️
Make today’s to-dos easier to understand

Little design tweaks so it’s clearer how to pull from today’s to-dos into a Groove, and also making it clearer that your tasks carry over from one Groove to the next if you don’t complete them.

🔗
Pretty previews for links

When you share a link inside of a chat, instead of it showing up as plain text, it’ll show up more appealingly as a preview image with bolded headline and some preview text.

📌
Bulletin board: reply to a goal

Has someone posted a really interesting goal? Now you’ll be able to reply to someone’s post in the bulletin board when you want to cheer them on or give kudos.

🎯
Showing weekly goal on your profile

See what friends and community members are working on this week, and be able to high five them - right from their profile.

In-Groove countdown timer on tasks screen

See how long is left in the Groove, while you’re checking off tasks on the pink screen.

📌
Bulletin board: share weekly goals

Share weekly goals like we do inside of Slack - but now it’s all inside Groove on our brand new bulletin board that you can see on the home screen. You can also tap to high five people’s goals to cheer them on. Can’t wait to see your goal for the week - High five!

🎥
Video updates in pre and post Groove chats

Little info indicators to make things clearer:

  • Prompts to suggest who shares first in regroup when there are 3-4 people.
  • An icon that shows when your camera is off
  • A little message that shows when you’re having a slow time connecting to video or your connection is rocky
📝
No more disappearing tasks A universal Groove task list that you can fill in anytime and from which you can pull tasks into your current Groove. When you don’t get to complete your tasks in a Groove, they’ll be auto-saved here instead of disappearing forever.
👨‍👨‍👧‍👦
Spaces

A way to Groove with people who share things in common with you. A space might be named after an interest or type of work like “coaches” “musicians” “writing” “podcasting” or we may use spaces to onboard communities that exist outside of Groove into the platform (like alumni of an online workshop). When you join, you can create Grooves that are just for space members.

📸
Picture, please!

A nudge for new users to add a profile picture every time they try to Groove without one.

🕺🏽
For new Groovers: no waiting to be let in Instead of waiting for their application to be processed, people can join Groove via the form on our website and download the app immediately. This means that when you share Groove.ooo with friends, they’ll be able to get right in.
👏
More likelihood of finding matches Grooves that are open for everyone to join are more likely to find matches, so we made it easier to create one: 1. By default, Grooves started by new Groovers will be open for everyone to join, and everyone will be notified - so hop on in! We did this so that new Groovers will be more likely to find a match, meet new people, and can grow their orbit. 2. For experienced Groovers, we’ve simplified the way that ‘social settings’ work: Instead of via the settings page, now when you start a Groove you’ll be able to toggle if you want it to be for everyone to join, friends-of-friends, or just your orbit. This is also useful if you’re in a time zone with fewer Groovers around and want to increase the chances of finding a match.
🪐
Unlocking orbits later Now, orbits unlock after new Groovers have met 25 people (through Grooving with them or accepting orbit requests). Before, you had to Groove 5x or meet 5 people before unlocking orbits.
🔔
Letting others know you’re Grooving

Before, you only got notified when people in your orbit were Grooving which meant new members weren't getting any notifications and if you had a small orbit you weren't getting many either. Now, you’ll be notified when “everyone” Grooves are started. You can adjust this by tapping your picture, then 'settings'.

If no one from your previous Groove joins you to “Groove again”, your orbit will be notified after 30 seconds and you’ll have the chance to open your Groove up for anyone to join.

🕑
Text changes for clarity To let you know that upcoming Groove times reflect your local time zone
📆
Create scheduled Grooves for all Meet new friends by creating a scheduled Groove everyone can join! Create a scheduled Groove by tapping the calendar in the top right corner of the app and make it available to anyone on the Groove app by adding one of the listed emojis. (Once someone RSVPs, the Groove will then become available just for people in your orbit and theirs aka friends-of-friends style.)
💪
Referred by” added to profiles When you refer a friend, it will say your name on their profile. If you were referred by someone to Groove directly through a Groover’s share link, we’ve gone back and noted that on your profile. Reason behind this: to help create trust (seeing who knows who).
📽️
Poof to video/audio issues on Groove! Our new video server is live.
🤳
Turn that picture right side up! If your profile picture showed up the wrong way recently, upload it again now and you’ll be good to go.
📅
Bump up “Grooves starting soon” When a scheduled Groove is starting in the next 15 minutes it’ll now bump up to the top of the home screen.
🥳
Milestone celebration graphics After you complete a Groove milestone, like hitting your 50th Groove, you’ll see a nifty graphic to celebrate (and can download to share!) ✨
🔔
If no one’s around, sign up for a notification

If you start a Groove and no one joins you, you can now get notified when the next one starts (whether that person is in your orbit or not) so you can get into flow asap.

👁️
Making more in-progress Grooves visible Update everyone’s home screens so you can see more in-progress Grooves, even if people aren’t in your orbit, so the energy is popping for all to see.
💡
Updates to the lightbulb on the home screen Access our FAQ and “How Groove works” video by clicking the lightbulb in the app. New Groovers will also see this when they log in for the first time.
💬
Message required when sending an orbit request Perhaps, you saw something on their profile that made you say, “Wow I’d love to bump into that person in a Groove”. Mention it! This will help contribute to the culture that orbit requests are for people you know or have something in common with and are excited to meet.
📸
Add a pic and bio ASAP New Groovers are now prompted to add their photos and bios right away, so you’ll see more of these filled out, making it more comfortable to hop into a Groove with someone you don’t know.
📅
Scheduled Grooves starting soon If a scheduled Groove is starting soon, it’s bumped up to the top of the homepage.
🎉
Celebrate accomplishments

Groovy graphics to celebrate milestones with a share button to post them on social media or send them to a friend.

💡
Making our FAQ and demo more accessible

Clicking the lightbulb in the app will help folks find our FAQ and a video about how Groove works.

📢
Share page improvements Providing Groovers with the ability to share Groove with a friend while inside a Groove.
📝
Access your task list when the keyboard is up in a Groove No more playing peek-a-boo with your task list button in the Groove chat, it’ll always be accessible.
🕺
Branding updates Subtle graphics update in the app to make it match our new website.
💌
Creating an orbit request Ask someone if they’d like to be a part of your orbit, aka Groove with you.
⚙️
Managing your orbit settings To help you control when Groove searches beyond your orbit. By default, clicking ‘Start a Groove’ will search for Groovers in your orbit for the first minute and then expand outside of that if no one has joined you.
🪐
Creating a Groove for just your orbit Orbits will help you find a balance between seeing familiar faces and meeting new friends. Learn more about orbits here. New Groovers will unlock orbit features after Grooving 5 times.
📆
New welcoming experience Groove’s Welcome Crew will host Scheduled Grooves for new Groovers.
Confirmation pop-up to start a Groove Clicking “Start a Groove” will open a pop-up to confirm you’re ready to get going. This is so that you can’t start a Groove by accident. (aka butt-Groove)
🔁
Groove again Option to hop into another public Groove with the same people, immediately after completing one.
👋
New Groover onboarding flow Updated way of making an account and entering Groove for the first time, that will cause fewer account-creation bugs and need less troubleshooting.
Searching for Groovers timer When you click “Start a Groove” the progress bar will fill up over the course of five minutes. If no one joins you, it times out and you’re encouraged to try again. (So that you won’t forget about a Groove you created and be missing when someone shows up.)
🗨️
Chat improvements Ability to message people 1:1 or in small groups, even if you haven’t all Grooved together.
💻
New website launched Visit www.groove.ooo to check it out!
👁️
Private Grooves Opportunity to create a private Groove directly inside a group chat.
🕖
Grooving hours card on the home page for new Groovers To notify new Groovers that they can set their Grooving hours.
⚙️
Grooving hours - settings interface update To make it clearer which of your hours are set to “on” vs “off”, and when you are getting notifications.
👋
New person indication Inside the pre-Groove chat, you’ll be able to see if someone is a “Groover you haven't met yet”.
💬
Chats Ability to message someone after a Groove ends.
🔦
Groover spotlights Highlighting some of the awesome people in this community.
🗣️
Pre-groove nudge Subtly help remind everyone to be considerate of one another’s time in pre-groove chat.
💡
New Onboarding Flow New Groovers now see a step-by-step ‘how to Groove’ when they sign in for the first time. Everyone can see this walk-through by clicking the light bulb — it’s great for showing friends in person how Groove works.
📆
Sync your scheduled Grooves to your Google Calendar
🔤
Add custom titles to a Groove Title your scheduled Grooves around a topic or habit. For example, you might schedule a “To-Do Planning” Groove on Mondays to set priorities for the week while others do the same.
📆
Schedule Grooves into the future Coordinate when you want to Groove with someone else or plan when you want to dedicate time to something. In the future, you will be able to schedule Grooves with specific people.
📸
Add photos inside your in-Groove chat messages To send pictures of what you accomplished while in the Groove.
🔎
Search Groovers A step to create infrastructure for chats and discovery of new people in the future.
✂️
Delete chat messages and tasks
Curious how we decide on new features? 🤔