Collaborate and Connect – How Streams Improve Voodle

The desire to collaborate and connect drives Voodle, the asynchronous short video platform for remote teams and the new workplace. Our team learned so much from our early users over the course of the last year. We’re psyched to bring that knowledge to our latest updates and vision of the future of work!

What Users Loved

They love the power of short video. They love “going async,” specifically the flexibility and freedom of a tool that doesn’t demand their online attention revolve around someone else’s schedule. Overall, users shared how Voodle can create human connection and how conversations, brainstorming, and recognition flow asynchronously within teams.

What We Learned

We needed a more effective way to organize voodles. People want clarity in their ability to build on conversations via voodle, bounce off of brainstorms, and stay on top of what is most recent and relevant to their work. Based on those insights, we are excited to announce STREAMS – a new and improved way to voodle. Check out the video and interview with our head of product below then update your app today to see streams in action:

The Power of Voodle Streams

This week, we caught up with our awesome Head of Product, Beverly Vessella to talk streams and how they empower teams to collaborate and connect:

What makes this MORE than TikTok for the workplace?

Streams create an intuitive structure that helps teams better foster collaboration around the myriad of things that are discussed each day. “TikTok for the Workplace” encouraged our customers to share individual thoughts and stories, while streams create stronger relationships between voodles so that exchanges and conversations are much easier in Voodle!

How will the latest updates impact my team’s experience?

When you create a voodle, you’ll be prompted to enter a topic and choose the audience of the conversation you’re starting. You can create a stream for your entire team or choose just a few people. This gives context to your team, even before they’ve watched your voodle. After a stream is made, it’s easy with streams to simply add to your colleagues’ thoughts in the same stream, or create a new stream with a new train of thought.

Within the main interface on your phone, you’ll see all the voodles organized in horizontal, scrollable streams!  On web, you’ll see the streams listed on the left panel, making for easy stream navigation. If your team was using channels before, they will be converted to streams. Finally, we’re now showing which voodles you’ve seen and which ones are unwatched, so you know when you’re all caught up!

Why do you think this shift is so important?

Streams is an entirely new interface that changes the way our customer teams interact with each other. Sharing individual stories is great, but as we listened and observed, we realized that Voodle can do much more. Teams at work want low-friction platforms that don’t get in the way while still helping them achieve something they can’t otherwise do. In our case, it’s highlighting human connection in specific exchanges we have each day with our colleagues.

“Sharing individual stories is great, but as we listened and observed, we realized that Voodle can do much more. Teams at work want low-friction platforms that don’t get in the way while still helping them achieve something they can’t otherwise do. In our case, it’s highlighting human connection in specific exchanges we have each day with our colleagues.”

-Beverly Vessella, Head of Product at Voodle
How do you use Voodle personally?

I love using Voodle with my colleagues to brainstorm — it helps so much just get outside the proverbial Zoom “box.” Voodle is there for me whenever inspiration strikes, and I can not only convey my ideas better, video captures so much more: tone, visuals, environment.

Our team loves sharing stories about what’s going on where they are. What’s the latest on the home office? Updates from our furry overlords. Viscerally real moments that blindside us during the day that we just wish we could share and laugh about. It creates a deep sense of connection because we get exposed to not only “how we work,” but “who we are.” We can collaborate and connect from wherever.

We build trust, and this is so important to how we operate as a team.  Without getting to know each other better, work is just transactional.  We’re all here for more than that, we haven’t ridden the ups and downs of this business just to have meetings or type all day!  A team is more than the sum of its individual parts: we aim to enrich and inspire each other.  We aim to build connections and coalesce into something greater.

What does the new organization of Voodle do to my ability to find content that is most relevant to me?

The new organization of Voodle simply makes this easier. Content is now organized explicitly by different topics and it’s just as simple as before to create voodles. Voodle still has hashtags, search, and our ‘highlight reel’ capability to help you dig in and find what you want, fast.

Collaborate and Connect at Work with Streams

To sum up, streams create the ability to organize voodles by topics. This is a big departure from ‘tiktok’ UX, where the voodles were more individual. Streams make it easy to “reply” to someone else’s voodle about a particular topic and keep navigation easy. Topics reorder to show the latest at the top of your main “home” screen, so you always know which streams are most active.

Just choose specific topics and teammates for a stream and go! Your team gets effective collaboration on a timeline that works for each individual with all the benefits of video. Voodle’s short video captures the context and emotion of a message so nothing gets lost in translation, like text. Plus, there’s no video conferencing fatigue. Simply hit record and sixty seconds is all it takes to keep your team productive and aligned.

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