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Changelog: Announcing DEV Connect! (Beta)

ben profile image Ben Halpern ・2 min read

We're excited to announce a new part of the site called DEV Connect. Spurred on by an interest from the community in this sort of thing, we've added a place for connecting and chatting with other community members.

It's a messaging section which many will find immediately useful, but we plan to progressively enhance with some really nice dev-oriented tools. Here is an (early beta) example of what you can do:

Connect is live, but is very much still a work in progress. We plan on pairing these sorts of features with initiatives around mentorship, office hours, and all sorts of goodies. You are going to have a lot of fun with all of this.

We also expect that Connect will become a hub for interacting with the content of the broader platform. Consuming, creating and sharing DEV posts will be very native. This next feature is not live as I write this (but may be when you read this), but here's a quick shot from my local environment of what I'm talking about.

For now, you may open a channel with anyone you mutually follow. As DEV Connect evolves we'll make the configuration of who you can chat with available in finer detail, but the mutual-follow model is a pretty well established protocol for this sort of feature across the web.

We also have some group channels which are available to some members at the moment for testing. We will make those more accessible as we work out the details.

This is very much a beta feature, so things might be randomly broken, but we invite you to check it all out.

dev.to/connect

Happy coding ❀️

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Yechiel Kalmenson

Whoa! This is awesome!

I like the mutual follow requirement.

Need to actually start following people now... 😜

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Guillaume Martigny

I don't completely get the "mutual follow" rule.

If I'm a newcomer and want to talk to you, I can't do so. I can follow you and hope you follow back, but then you will have to follow everyone looking for mentorship.

It's great for people with many followers, but locked to newbies.

I have a small "ivory tower" concern, that's all.

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Matt Ballance

Would this be something that allowing a toggle option could handle? That way, if you're open to communicating with anyone and everyone, you can enable that feature, while allowing other people that just want to communicate with their mutual followers that option as well? If that wouldn't work, perhaps adding a "second" room could solve that problem? Have one that allows open communication with anyone (like an IRC chat room) while offering another that only allows for people you're connected with. It's an interesting situation either way...

Sorry if this is a newbie question, is there a place for feature request/discussion that would be a better place for this?

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Yechiel Kalmenson

There already is a "public" room where anyone can interact, and I guess if someone wants to communicate with someone privately they can post there to request a follow, but I doubt that's ideal.

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Yechiel Kalmenson

That is true, didn't think of it from that perspective.

There should probably be a feature that lets you request chat privilege with someone who doesn't follow you.

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Guillaume Martigny

Any thoughts on that @ben ?

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Michiel Hendriks

Only if you want to chat with them.

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Ekim Kael • Edited

The awesome thing is pair progamming.
You can just hit someone and say "hey do you want a pair programming session ?" and you're Gone.
Follow and follow back make sense now.
Good job.Respect

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Ben Halpern Author

Thanks! Exactly what we're thinking, and we'll try to evolve it to make this concept more powerful. Could hook into different types of file systems or runtimes in theory.

We won't get ahead of ourselves, but it's exciting.

Simple things should be simple, complex things should be possible.

That Alan Kay quote is our guiding light in many ways.

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Ekim Kael • Edited

May the four be with youπŸ˜‚

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Davide Santangelo • Edited

you are late for the pusher contest πŸ˜€. Anyway awesome job!

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Kasey Speakman • Edited

This is an awesome feature!

Request: I would like to be able to dev/connect without following the other person.

Essentially, I want to be open to questions/discussions about content that I post (or whatever) via dev/connect. However, I follow very few people because I mostly want the content I see to be unfiltered. With the exception of a low-pass quality filter to de-prioritize things like buzz-word-bingo ad posts.

I'm weird in the way I use "social" features. And at times I will read pretty much anything, even about techs I'm not planning to use. To see what's going on over there or because the post has other interesting considerations that aren't familiar to me.

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Igor Moura

Kinda late to the party, but I find the mutual follow requirement to be a bit annoying. As @kspeakman said, I'm not really a fan of following many people in order to keep the content I see unfiltered, but now I feel like I have an obligation to follow back everyone because they might want to talk to me.

I'm really open to discuss anything with anyone, and, as others said, a toggle to enable chats from people that you don't follow would be perfect.

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Christian Vasquez

Is it legal to marry DEV Connect? πŸ€”

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Ben Halpern Author

You only just met DEV Connect!

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Christian Vasquez • Edited

Yeah, I know... This may sound crazy, but here's my number, so call me maybe? πŸ˜‰

(sorry, it had to be done)

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Shawn Reisner

Great work! I love this idea. πŸ€™

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Amar Prakash Pandey

Awesome update, but I guess some grammatical mistake is there in this sentence(You and @ben are connected because follow each other), right?

AND

And every time we switch between diff people in dev connect, a vertical scrollbar appears and disappears which I think doesn't look good.

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Ben Halpern Author

Responded to the message you sent me too πŸ™‚

Thanks for heads up on all accounts

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Sung M. Kim

πŸ‘ This is a great feature Ben 🀩

❓ Where can I report an issue (should I find one?)

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Peter Kim Frank

I think in this case you should bug Ben by sending him a message directly through DEV Connect :)

And if that doesn't work, you can always ping us via yo@dev.to

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Sung M. Kim

I think in this case you should bug Ben by sending him a message directly through DEV Connect :)

πŸ€”... 🧐 ... πŸ’‘ ... πŸ’ ... πŸ˜€

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Sung M. Kim

FYI - Ah, I see a comment by Ben.

We take issues in this GitHub repo and welcome the reports. Hopefully we’ll have more clear on-site guidelines in the near future as well.

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Adrian B.G.

dear "connect", please stop triggering my OCD, I click this icon 100 times daily, and there are no new messages, I cannot stop! I will soon run out of battery!

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Ahmad Awais ⚑️

This is a noice feature. Loved the update. I suppose this is private messaging?

I hope group messaging is next :) πŸ‘

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J. Pichardo

Yeah, group messaging would be great.

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Eli Bierman

This is awesome! This is a really cool feature and I love the direction this is moving in.

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Ben Halpern Author

We take issues in this GitHub repo and welcome the reports. Hopefully we’ll have more clear on-site guidelines in the near future as well.

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Murphy Randle

I’m really interested in the office hours and mentorship ideas you talked about. Both offering them and using them!

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Emmanuel Obogbaimhe

Awesome feature. That live coding feature is really helpful. Great job guys!

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J. Pichardo

Awesome feature Ben, thanks for the update.

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Ben Halpern Author

Thanks! Any ideas and feedback is super appreciated.

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George Offley

Looks really cool. Nice job guys!

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Ben Halpern Author

Aww thanks! Work in progress, it will be really great in the end.

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Domitrius

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww yis. MOVES!

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Ghost

Nice work. Simple and clean.
Look forward to using it more!

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Ben Halpern Author

Great chatting just now on /Connect Mike πŸ˜„

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Ghost

Thanks! Was my pleasure Ben.

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dumdumdev

This is great and I think could be very useful. Thanks!

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Omar Hussain

Super! I am getting a chatrooms nostalgia :D

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Ben Halpern Author

In a lot of ways the internet has lost a lot of great things along the way, except you can't just go back to the days of old because things have changed. We always try to balance the wonderful things of the past with necessary advancements.

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Adrian B.G.

Since the icon, It is related to telegram?

And how can I leave a group?

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Ben Halpern Author

Sorry we don't have the button for this on the UI yet, but you've been removed from the one you wanted to.

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Adrian B.G.

since the groups appear I have a bug, I have false notifications on connect icon (it says 1 or 2, I press on it, no new message exists).

I presume I was removed from the JS group but I still receive their notification.

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Thoby V ijishakin

Woaaa... That's dev

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Abhinav Kumar

Any plans to make it federated? Like Matrix.org or something else?

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Avalander

Awesome! I've been waiting for this since I signed up!

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Nicolas Lima

Great update! Group messaging would be awesome as well

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Ben Halpern Author

Yep. It's on the way (well it's already technically built but joining and managing groups is not)

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Mahesh K

It'd be fun to have groups like say Node users get to chat together. Like programming language and tool specific chatrooms.

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Third_Thinker

Cool,I like it,which enhances interaction! We can share and chat lively in this way.Up Up Up.

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Yashu Mittal

I still didn't get it, how to set a message using connect?