What we’re working on: Collaboration & Mobile.

Just wanted to post an update to let people know what we’re working on. Our focus is on mobile and collaboration, both big projects. We’re making good progress on them, though.

Collaboration: People will be able to share any section of their WorkFlowy with other people and get updates from one another as they work. This will enable a team to share the same WorkFlowy document for a project.

Mobile: We’re getting pretty close to fully functional mobile apps for WorkFlowy for iOS and Android. It’s a non-trivial task due to idiosyncrasies of the different platforms, but we’re making great progress.

Windows users rejoice! Less crappy keyboard shortcuts.

If you’re on Windows, WorkFlowy no longer hijacks control+arrows that you normally use for jumping between words in text, but which WorkFlowy made zoom. The new zoom keyboard shortcut is alt+arrows and the new move shortcut is alt+shift+arrows. For Mac and Linux users, this doesn’t change anything.

One Million WorkFlowy Lists!

On Friday, December 3rd, a WorkFlowy user created our one millionth list. We launched on November 4th, so reaching one million lists took us 30 days. That’s an average of 33,333.33333333 lists & items created per day.

This is a fun milestone for us to have passed, so we celebrated by slaughtering several goats. They were plush stuffed-animal goats, but still.

Disclaimer: In WorkFlowy items and lists are the same thing. In plain speak, you might say we passed one million lists & items. Though that sounds less cool, so we’re sticking with lists 🙂

WorkFlowy Mobile Version 1: Read Only

We’ve released an early version of WorkFlowy for mobile devices. It lets you view your lists, expand and collapse and zoom in. It still lacks a bunch of important features, including editing, offline support. However, you’ll still still find that it is useful to view your lists offline. To see it, just visit www.workflowy.com on your phone or tablet.

#tags and @tags in WorkFlowy

You can now add #tags and @tags to your WorkFlowy document. This makes organizing things much easier, especially when your WorkFlowy document starts to get large. Type “#” before any word, like “#loveit” and then when you click on that tag, it will display only items containing that tag. Click the tag again, and it’ll remove the search.

Want some suggestions on how to use tags? Here you go:

  • When will you do stuff? Use #now for stuff you want to do today, and #soon for stuff you want to do in the next week or so.
  • Who’s doing what? Use @Name tags to keep track of who’s doing what.
  • What’s the priority? Use #important for things that will make a big difference and #urgent for stuff that’s time sensitive.
  • How long will this take? Use #small, #medium and #large to keep track of the size of the things you’re working on.

Hello, world. I’m WorkFlowy.

Dear World,

We first showed WorkFlowy to you on November 4th. At the time, we enjoyed using WorkFlowy ourselves and had around 40 active, happy alpha testers. We figured we might as well get it out there see what happened. We put together some how-to and promo videos, put up a landing page and got in touch with TechCrunch writer Alexia Tsotsis through a contact, and she wrote a story.

Our expectation for the launch went like this:

  1. TechCrunch writes a story
  2. World doesn’t care
  3. We keep working

Well, World, you surprised us by seeming to care at least a little. Just under a month later, we have tens of thousands of people who are depending on our product to organize their brains and we are getting a lot of ridiculously positive feedback. We’re also getting a ton of really helpful, contructive feedback on where people would like to see the product go.

One frequent request is for a blog, so that people can keep track of what we’re working on. Well, here it is.

Thanks World, you’re the best!