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Instant voice and screen sharing from your Mac MenuBar

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Robin Raszka@robinraszka · Founder @beamtalk
Hello, I'm super excited to share Beam βeta exclusively with the PH community and give you all an early access 🙊 Our small team is working remotely (Prague, NYC) and we needed a better way how to quickly ask & show something while working on our projects without leaving the current work so we build Beam! :) It took almost 2 years to get where we are now. The big difference is that if you are available, anyone can talk to you instantly, there is no picking up or scheduling the call prior on Slack etc. Just click and talk on autopilot. Currently in the βeta we support group calls up to 10 and screen sharing in 2 person call but we will have group screen sharing ready this weekend (hopefully :)) I hope you will like Beam, I'll be here all day so let me know if you have any questions or feedback! 🙏 Thanks UPDATE: We have disabled ALL the invite features via Slack. Just tell your coworkers to download Beam and sign in with Slack to join the team. Update is coming. UPDATE 2: A new version that fixes this behavior was just deployed.
Michael Flores@mike_flores23 · Crafting Ms, Vs, and Cs
@robinraszka that made it seem like Beam Bot would *not* post in our general after this update, and that sure wasn't the case just now...
Robin Raszka@robinraszka · Founder @beamtalk
@mike_flores23 That must have been an older version! Sorry again, but it was fixed already.
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Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Love the simplicity of this, @robinraszka. Could be very useful for distributed teams (like ours).
Robin Raszka
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@robinraszka · Founder @beamtalk
Hello, I'm super excited to share Beam βeta exclusively with the PH community and give you all an early access 🙊 Our small team is working remotely (Prague, NYC) and we needed a better way how to quickly ask & show something while working on our projects without leaving the current work so we build Beam! :) It took almost 2 years to get where we are now. The big difference is that if you are available, anyone can talk to you instantly, there is no picking up or scheduling the call prior on Slack etc. Just click and talk on autopilot. Currently in the βeta we support group calls up to 10 and screen sharing in 2 person call but we will have group screen sharing ready this weekend (hopefully :)) I hope you will like Beam, I'll be here all day so let me know if you have any questions or feedback! 🙏 Thanks UPDATE: We have disabled ALL the invite features via Slack. Just tell your coworkers to download Beam and sign in with Slack to join the team. Update is coming. UPDATE 2: A new version that fixes this behavior was just deployed.
Michael Flores@mike_flores23 · Crafting Ms, Vs, and Cs
@robinraszka that made it seem like Beam Bot would *not* post in our general after this update, and that sure wasn't the case just now...
Robin Raszka
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@robinraszka · Founder @beamtalk
@mike_flores23 That must have been an older version! Sorry again, but it was fixed already.
Jeff Broderick@brdrck · Product Designer, Weebly
Love the idea of this. Installed it and connected to our Slack channel (large team 300+ members). Clicked the "send invites" button so i could invite some of the other designers to try it out. It proceeds to PM EVERY SINGLE MEMBER in the Slack Team. This was unexpected and was forced to quit the app to hopefully prevent further embarrassment. Scared to open the app back up and try it out. :(
Robin Raszka
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@robinraszka · Founder @beamtalk
@brdrck Shit, sorry about that! I will make it even more clear what it does! I hope you try it again at some point.
Ian Greenleigh@be3d · Head of Brand, data.world
@brdrck yeah that happened to us too and it really soured me on the company.
JT White@jt_ffffff
Was excited about the product so signed up using Slack. Beam then proceeded to spam my companies (200+ employees) #general channel saying that I had signed up for their service. We only use this channel for company wide messages. Absolutely uncalled for, and a first for me. Seriously, wtf?
Robin Raszka
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@robinraszka · Founder @beamtalk
@jt_ffffff I understand and I'm sorry for inconvenience, we're going to improve this behavior but keep in mind that this is Beta, it's clearly written on the site and in the product and when you sign in with Slack, you specifically give us permissions to do this so we're not doing anything shady here. Other teams like this feature as everybody can easily join Beam and you don't have to move a finger.
JT White@jt_ffffff
@robinraszka I failed to see any of this messaging while signing up, so if it's there it should be highlighted much more visually. I'm sure I won't be the only one to miss it and it was a really shitty feeling to spam my entire company.
Robin Raszka
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@robinraszka · Founder @beamtalk
@jt_ffffff Well, it was there when you signed in with Slack, and there is nothing I can do about how the messaging looks on Slack website but we will fix it on our end.
Peter Jacobson@petejacobson · CTO & Founder, linkingarts.com
@robinraszka @jt_ffffff was this maybe because in your use case when developing was just for a small team? Sounds like a few very large teams are having problems with this feature
Robin Raszka
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@robinraszka · Founder @beamtalk
@petejacobson @jt_ffffff It's made for small teams, that's our target market. We are not sending anything without you clicking first so I will add extra confirmation alert in the next version, that should fix that.
Don Goodman-Wilson@degoodmanwilson · DevRel @ Sqreen 🇫🇷
@robinraszka @petejacobson @jt_ffffff Please do add some language indicating how you intend to use the scopes you ask for. Spamming an entire channel is considered an anti-pattern for Slack apps—specifically because it really does ruffle a lot of feathers. I'd love to have a chat with you about how you are using Slack to sign people in—that you are using Slack for this purpose in a desktop app is something I absolutely _love_, and I would be more than happy to spend a little time with y'all going over best practices and lessons learnt from our end. (I'm DevRel @ Slack, in case you were wondering!)
Robin Raszka
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@robinraszka · Founder @beamtalk
@degoodmanwilson @petejacobson @jt_ffffff Hey, glad to hear from you! We turned the auto messaging off yesterday (it was helpful for many, but I not all) so that should be happening anymore. Agree we failed a bit with the language but we tried our best while being focus on different priorities. Happy to talk to you about best practices! I'll ping you in twitter.
Wojtek Witkowski@dubstrike · Co-founder at Rayfeed
This looks interesting! I'm signing up.
Robin Raszka
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@robinraszka · Founder @beamtalk
@dubstrike That's awesome! let me know if you have any questions or feedback!