Build better communities
Spectrum is a new platform for you to join, start and build online communities.
It's so organized - One feed, one account, one inbox - Indexable for future readers - Conversations are alive for everCons:
Do better with notifications - Edit messages - Suggest other similar threads both when creating a new one and when you've chatted in one
I've used this to join styled components and Figma communities and It's been much better than alternatives. Only it needs to polish the product a bit more.Mohammad Rajabifard has used this product for one month.
The organization of it all is top class. The team has really put thought into these interactions, & the pain points of managing a community.Cons:
Mobile could be better. Notifications can be a little confusing at time. Both of these things I'm confident the team will address in time.
I've been using Spectrum for several months now, since Alpha. The team has really taken the time to listen to what these early users have had to say and improve the platform as a whole.
I think this truly solves a big issue for those people trying to manage a community. It also makes participating in community discussions a way more intuitive and user-friendly process. One account, one inbox.Mason Wear has used this product for one year.
I love the "community over individual" nature of the platform.Cons:
Faster, more predictable editor.
Spectrum is awesome. It's like what everyone wishes social networks would be, but can never find because they are too individually centered. I have high hopes for this platform.Calvin Koepke has used this product for one year.
-Accounts created with big three sign-on integrations (Twitter, Facebook, Google)Cons:
- The user journey for exploring communities is wack
- The UX for topics and threads is underwhelming and irritating
Explored this product as a potential future option for our open source community. However, it was lack luster and underbaked. We currently use Slack and can't find any reason to explore Spectrum beyond my initial investigation.Benn Crawford has used this product for one day.
Good UI, Lots of potentialCons:
Pay model is weird.
It's community focused, unlike Slack. I really like that. It is still early and there is definitely some polish that needs to come: API and other integrations, reactions and/or emojis are yet to exist, configuration, roles/user management, etc.
Also the pay model is interesting. $100/1000 users/month. That's quite expensive if you assume a lot of communities have next to zero income, and the income they do have should be for other things. I like the idea of paying $5/$10 as a user to gain access to certain features and I really hope they shift to more of that kind of model.Skyler Lewis has used this product for one day.
The platform is organized, fast, and has a really great emphasis on discoverability and engagement.Cons:
Currently there is no mobile app.
I've been using Spectrum for the past couple of months and it's been a great way to engage with communities that I'm not only heavily involved but also casually interested in.
Definitely check it out if you haven't all ready.Michael McCombie has used this product for one year.
No selfhosted option
Support open-source projects not these junkz.🤔 has used this product for one week.
Design, friendly communityCons:
Mobile version can be better
I'm using Spectrum since few months now and love the friendly community there are on it. Threads are well organized and design is simpleJoshua Tab. has used this product for one month.
Excellent UX/UI. Pretty good selection of well-populated communities already. Uncomplicated.Cons:
Not sure it's going to displace Slack or Reddit just yet...
Mostly tech related communities exist right now. The experience is like a well-executed mashup of Reddit, Slack and Twitter.Kirsten Lambertsen has used this product for one day.
Good design work. The idea of converting the old-fashioned "forums" into "spectrum" is a good evolution.Cons:
Tip: The community finder would make it wider and more social, so you can see the communities in cards.
I have tried it and I like it, it offers many opportunities to contact people of your sector and interests.Andrey Marin has used this product for one week.