“Map out your future – but do it in pencil.” – Bon Jovi
LAST UPDATED: END OF AUG 2023
NEXT UPDATE: END OF OCT 2023
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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.
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?
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 email@example.com 📬 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:
Making it easier to find friends to Groove with and reduce the uncertainty of who might join you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
🎯 Working on next:
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 relevant and useful notifications that support early users coming back into the app and making them feel welcome. Perhaps including an omni-channel approach with messaging, emails, and phone notifs.
Don’t worry: everyone can still Groove for free. Members who sign up for this special VIP tier will get access to a richer community experience, extra perks, new features, and have input in community decision making.
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
This makes it easy for Groovers to see who they know already inside the Groove app and invite friends in. For brand new Groovers, this can mean a softer landing and make it easier to start Grooving.
When you join or create a scheduled Groove, we’ll show a button to enable you to invite someone into that Groove using a special referral link. This means that not only can you invite other Groovers (by sharing the link in a chat, for example) - you can also invite people from off-platform to join you in that scheduled Groove. This can make it a lot easier to welcome your friends when you want to invite them into the app or help them start Grooving.
E.g.: “Want to join me in a writing Groove on Thursday at 3PM? Here’s the link…”
To reduce pressure and decision making for first-time Groovers, we offer them a time slot to show up for their first Groove, right when they sign up. (If they can’t make it, they can choose another).
Prompts for fun things you can share about yourself to connect with others. The first 1-2 lines of a Groover’s bio will be visible on the home screen for ‘quick glance’ discovery. New Groovers will be able to fill out these prompts when they onboard, so we’ll also be making a couple of tweaks that process to make it smoother too.
To make room for a more comfortable reading (and high-fiving) experience, the bulletin boards are getting their own page in the app.
Have you wondered where your time is going in Grooves? Want to track how much time you’re spending towards a bigger goal? Or who you’re Grooving with the most? We’re exploring a groovy dashboard for that.
Want to find other graphic designers / coaches / composers / dogwalkers / moms or dads like you on Groove? We’re improving our search functionality so you can search keywords in people’s bios rather than just names. We’re also considering offering tags for your profile with interests and topics (eg ‘author’, ‘gardener’, ‘entrepreneur’ etc) that will be searchable as well.
How can Groove best support you on your journey from 1-10 Grooves? Would some type of gamification help?
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.
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.
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.
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.
See what friends and community members are working on this week, and be able to high five them - right from their profile.
See how long is left in the Groove, while you’re checking off tasks on the pink screen.
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!
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
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.
A nudge for new users to add a profile picture every time they try to Groove without one.
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.
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.
Groovy graphics to celebrate milestones with a share button to post them on social media or send them to a friend.