And so on. It might appear that you do seemingly small chunks of functionality at a time with your releases. But you guys come out with something almost weekly among your releases that I immediately start to use, really spot-on execution. Not to throw them under the bus, but ClickUp - which I experiment with a lot - with their very well-known weekly releases often can go weeks before something comes along of actual use that improves their app.
And since I’m in friendly confines here, I will just say re: Notion and Coda, which I follow more than the other stuff, have come out with very little substantive features in my opinion this year. For example, nothing to speak of with either giving any indication they will address bi-directional, which you guys are handling beautifully!
Keep up the great work you have some real evangelists for your vision in this community!!
I agree with most everything you wrote and appreciate you outlining the specific useful additions in recent weeks, it really shows how much progress has been made. But the above, in particular, is I think notable.
When Roam came out with their “big idea” of bi-directional links, I immediately thought two things. 1: “Oh hey, what a cool and useful idea!” and 2: “Wait, this is their main differentiator? Shouldn’t that be something that lots of other tools could just add to their existing systems?”. The answer to 2 is “not necessarily”, it turns out, and may depend on whether certain other good decisions have been made architecturally.
I will say I think Notion has made some bad architectural decisions because they’ve had to totally overhaul the back-end at least twice that we know of. One recently when they added multi-lingual support (and presumable at the same time were setting up the API), the other back in the early days. And even with such architectural overhauls/upgrades, they are slow to debut new features, and have yet to implement bi-directional links. You’d think from a marketing perspective alone they’d prioritize it because the concept is all the rage right now, and lots of other tools are releasing some form of it.
Anyway, this is not about Notion of course. It’s just a great example of how a well-funded, hyped-up product can still not actually be leading in terms of real features and user support. Fibery is the underdog right now, but it has every right to get more visibility, revenue, and long-term success.
Bi-linked text is fantastic and just what we need. It is quite the innovation. One enhancement however - they will need to be able to overlap. Textual analysis isn’t discrete. A paragraph of interview data can relate to many different things for example.