Comments on postSpeak
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Ryan Hoover
@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
This looks great, @awsmsrc, @tommoor, @willbarrettdev, @ericbieller, and team. As you know, I've been following Sqwiggle since it's launch over a year ago. I like how you pushed the boundaries with an always-on video feed with your team but of course, some people are a bit hesitant to adopt something that "invasive". Are you pivoting from Sqwiggle? Why don't you think it took off (forgive me for making some assumptions here)?
Luke Roberts
@awsmsrc · Software Developer, Sqwiggle
hey @rrhoover. Sqwiggle is still running along. we're in the lucky position to have a little bit of time and resource to experiment. Ultimately we want to enhance the way distributed or co located teams work and maintain a sense of connectedness and presence. We've also built it to be very flexible. There's a lot of Sqwiggle we *could* plug right in here! I'm looking forward to seeing what people ask for and also what they don't seem to miss! I don't think there is a set plan at the moment with regard to pivots/mergers other then to be on the exact crossover of social utility, practical utility and privacy. Im sure @ericbieller and @tommoor have more plans then they are letting on right now though
Tom Moor
@tommoor
Believe it or not we've been working on Sqwiggle for well over two years! You're right about the aspects of Sqwiggle that were tough for folks to get past, we found that everyone liked the *concept* of visual connection a lot - but getting people to use it day-to-day was another matter altogether. It turns out people that work remotely take their ability to not wear pants quite seriously! With Speak we have a new technical architecture with all that we've learned over the last couple of years (blog post later in the week on that) and are bringing the 'best' parts of Sqwiggle across. We have true (very granular) presence without the video camera being on and instant audio communication that falls back to a call when you step away from the computer or choose it because you're busy. We're also planning on integrating into the places your team already lives to make communication super quick and frictionless...
Paul Veugen
@pveugen · Mobile at Mapbox
@tommoor How does the "Away from Desk" detection work? Should I be afraid of my co-workers eavesdropping on every conversation I'm having in my living room if I forget to set it to offline? ;-)
Luke Roberts
@awsmsrc · Software Developer, Sqwiggle
@tommoor @pveugen we use a bunch of os event detection to determine activity (mouse/keyboard e.t.c). FYI There is an option that puts you into *call me* mode when you go idle, click yourself and then settings to find it. It will automatically go back into instant once the app detects that you are at your desk and working again.
Tom Moor
@tommoor
@pveugen as Luke said. The key difference is that we don't allow for user override of the core presence unlike most IM apps where users are perpetually *away*. We are also much more granular, to seconds instead of minutes.
Ufuk Kayserilioglu
@paracycle · Software Developer
@tommoor Loving the product so far. Great work. The problem that you seem to have come across with Sqwiggle was captured very eloquently by David Foster Wallace in Infinite Jest. For the relevant excerpt see the following Kottke link which references it in the context of Facetime but I guess is more relevant to Sqwiggle-type products: http://kottke.org/10/06/david-fo...