The Basecamp team launched Hey today to much fanfare.
I made a couple initial contributions to the Hey product wiki.
What does everyone think of the features they focused on? Are you going to try it out?
I've always found that I hit an upper limit with Basecamp's products. You really to drink the Koolaid or join their religion to be productive in their universe.
Of course I'd like to try it, but I'm a little intimidated by this 37 minute introduction!
I'm pretty happy with Superhuman for now.
Definitely will try it out, but like Chris, I’m really happy with Superhuman & their relentless focus to getting through email quicker & more efficiently. Seems like the no-brainer for work email.
Might be interesting to use Hey just for personal email use. Also, a @hey.com email is pretty dope.
I've been using for a few days and am already a big fan. GMail has refused to introduce so many straightforward, quick-win features that HEY solves (merging threads, better unsubs, private notes, and the list goes on). Wrote a quick thread on Twitter here and happy to elaborate if people have questions. And no I don't have any invites left. :-/
I thought i wouldnt like it, but it grows on me each time i see the features. I especially loved the stacking the emails below instead of marking it unread again, i always do that with my Gmail. A person who still has control over their inbox may like hey.com even more.
Im willing to try it out. I come from that space so they are a potential competitor.
We jumped ship from Basecamp to Asana (and Slack) recently and will never look back at 37signals again. Their philosophy may be admirable in some parts but is very limiting for anyone that wants to work across tools collaboratively and with open standards. A relic.
I was pretty taken by the demo video, honestly. It reminded me a bit of how I felt after that first Google Wave demo - like this is a totally new take on something that desperately needs one. (Yes, I know Wave didn't work out - no one knew what to do with it at the time).
I will try it out for sure but wonder if the forwarding service (from my work Google email) will come with any hiccups.
When/if they get custom domain support, I think it could be a game-changer for business; people need a better way to work with email and this certainly seems like a step in the right direction.
The demo and new features are interesting, but I fear the lack of integration of your own domain or no possibility to import your existing emails will be a no-go for many people.
I might give it a try though.
Really excited about this product since I heard about it from Jason a couple months back. I appreciate that they've reimagined email from scratch to solve for key issues rather than supercharging Gmail like their competitors have done.
While I think that having their own email service will be key for growth, I do wonder why they didn't just launch as a client first, like Superhuman did. It'll be hard to convert people using other services, especially professional users with custom domains.
There’s been some drama about Apple threatening to take the iOS app off their store, but assuming it’s still there when they get custom domains, I’m in. Super stoked about it.
I'm excited to try this product out - I think the Basecamp team did a great job of focusing on features that align with how I actually use email. For example, their reply later is such a game changer for myself. The example of working around by marking something unread is exactly what I do.
I've been frustrated with the set up of Gmail's labels/folders, forwarding, snoozing and other settings that take multiple logic rules to work properly for a while so definitely looking forward to trying it out for myself!
Definitely planning on trying this out when I get an invite. About 5 years ago we went through the rise of email apps that then got acquired and sunsetted. It's been long enough now that the burn from having to find Yet Another Email has worn off, and I'm very excited to try a new piece of email software. Especially one that is humane.
I've tried a number of email apps over the years, including Superhuman (used for 3+ mo), Tempo, Polymail, etc. I've found that with the right Gmail extensions, e.g. Simpli.fyi is one of my favorites, and shortcuts enabled, you can get nearly the same experience as these paid apps but for free or cheap. The email client space seems to constantly churn through new software, and trying to keep up can end up being less productive than just sticking with an optimized Gmail even if slightly inferior with a flow you've gotten used to. At the moment, I probably would not try out Hey.
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