September 16th, 2008

Strands continues to improve by listening to its users

When Corvallis-based Strands released their new lifestreaming service a few months back, I found it friendlier than FriendFeed, but not without its share of faults.

To its credit, the Strands team was open to criticism—taking its detractors head-on—and, as such, they continued to elicit tons of valuable feedback on ways to improve the service.

Now, you get the chance to see some of those improvements with the latest release of Strands.

Gone are the dark and constrained streams of information. Now, they’re open, legible, and much more inviting.

Strands new interface

It’s definitely a marked improvement. And one that will likely draw me back into a more participatory role. As opposed to my current use: allowing Strands to churn along—ignored in the background as it works at capturing my lifestream.

This update makes me want to get back into the fray. Because, now, it seems so much more usable.

And I’m not the only one.

Prominent blogger and FriendFeed proponent Louis Gray highlights the progress Strands has made, too:

While it hasn’t yet gotten the buzz of some other social aggregators and lifestreaming projects, Strands is quietly going about making a product on par with the market leaders, letting the community find new content and people, and enabling micro-conversations.

I couldn’t be happier to see Strands getting these kinds of strokes.

If you’re a current Strands user (and I know a ton of you in Portland and Corvallis are), I’d highly recommend heading back over to Strands to give it a second look.

If you’re interested in trying Strands, comment below and I’ll be happy to get you an invite. I’ve got about 13 left. First come, first served.

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7 Responses to “Strands continues to improve by listening to its users”

  1. Mike says:

    OK, Rick, I’ll bite. What’s the invite code, please?

  2. Rick Turoczy says:

    @Mike Consider yourself invited! ;) (Just sent it to you via email.)

  3. Myself says:

    I love using Strands. I like it much more than friendfeed. Strands just rocks. :) Keep going!

  4. Hi Rick, I’ll take an invite if you don’t mind. :)

  5. Rick Turoczy says:

    @wajiii On its way!

  6. Rick, I’ll take an invite. Thanks!

  7. drew olanoff says:

    Please keep the feedback (and the support) coming, it’s super appreciated!

    Rest assured we’re working hard!

    drop me an email at drew at strands dot com any time!

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