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Activity Stream on Workspace

Is there a way to remove the Activity Stream on the Workspace and move tasks there? That's just a total waste of space for our needs. Thanks!

Brian Dempsey

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Hi everyone,

No current plans to include a feature to remove the activity stream but we are considering to make the stream more flexible in the future. Just not planned at this point. 

If you are not already doing this, I can recommend spending some time to hide the updates not relevant for you personally - this makes the stream more relevant and creates a faster way to get overview of the activity in your company.

We see notifications on things you actively follow as what you need to know, while the stream is a way to discover things in your business you might not know (nice to know) and enable you to follow and participate in discussion, even if you are not directly involved.

Thanks for the feedback, please keep voting.

/Sara - Podio

Sara Høeg Højlund-Rasmussen
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Currently not - but we will work to improve the activity stream to make it more useful for your team :)

Thanks for the input and idea.

//Sara - Podio

Sara Høeg Højlund-Rasmussen -1 votes
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Agree this would be a great addition to see. Just like how we can move the tiles around on the sidebar would... fingers crossed.

James Hayward 4 votes
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It be good to have this feature as I too have some workspaces where we would not really need the activity stream, so a turn on or off mode would be good

Alternative idea, if a workspace can be set to automatically go to the first app in the workspace straight away, rather than clicking on the workspace and then the app at the top.

Mansuk Hirani 3 votes
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Agree - would love to at least be able to move this widget.

Adam Mattis 2 votes
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+1 I would like to see the option to treat this just as any other widget on the home screen and be able to move it and resize it.

Andy Hayes 7 votes
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+1!! It would be great to resize, remove, move from the home page

Lisa Cohen 1 vote
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+1.... if not getting rid of it entirely, just being able to resize and move it would be great.

Jonny Anderson 2 votes
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In addition I would like a feature request to disable the statuses for some workspaces. Sometimes we have multiple workspaces and want only one where members can post statuses.

Ron van der Plas 0 votes
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IT takes up more than 80% of the workspace and gives less than 20% info. Please make it optional.

Hans Meijer 1 vote
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+1, frustrating waste of screen real-estate for me, thanks

Chris Gage 1 vote
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+1-Would like to be able to remove the activity stream from the homepage view

Wendy Knutson 1 vote
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Full agreement here !

It takes up 50% of the useful screen and adds a pointless stream of dates. I just want the data, not the history. A simple (greyed-out) date against a document or other contribution would suffice, in case I need to check on the status of a document.

The full activity stream might be useful in an organisation which thrives on a blame culture, but not otherwise...

Alan Brookes 2 votes
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It is frustrating because it should be optional like any other "tile" or "widget." In some cases, it is useful but in many cases it occupies screen real estate that would be better used for other dashboard type elements.

I think part of the reason it is given such dominance is Podio's focus on incorporating features and styles that work for social environments like Facebook at Twitter into work processes. That is great for people for whom it works well.

What is puzzling to me is that so much of Podio is built around giving the user flexibility; I cannot understand the insistence and design principle that the Activity Stream must fill half the screen of a user's home screen or workspace home screen whether the user finds it to be a useful element or not.

David Jordan 1 vote
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Hey David Jordan,

I see your point. It is also something we are discussing internally - how to make the activity stream more useful, personal and also flexible to give every user the option to customize the space. It is quite a big project though and not something we have prioritized to fix in the short-term roadmap. We are currently working to add even more power (and flexibility) to other areas of Podio.

Hopefully we can give the activity stream some love in 2015 :)

//Sara - Podio

Sara Høeg Højlund-Rasmussen 0 votes
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Hi Sara,

I understand that offering 'flexibility' to the activity stream might represent something of a project, but for those of us that have no use at all for it, can't you simply allow us to delete it altogether. Isn't that just a simple bit of Code ?

Alan Brookes 1 vote
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I guess it is not just a question about removing code but also defining the value we believe in (how we think Podio should work) - so far, we still believe the activity stream gives the transparency and knowledge sharing dynamics we believe in and think is valuable for a team working together. So removing it would be a larger decision and we want to make we make it useful for most users if we change it (imagine if Facebook removed their stream - or made it a choice for each user to select the stream feature). But yes, we're discussing different options internally so it is definitely a valid point.

Sara Høeg Højlund-Rasmussen 0 votes
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Sara, that is exactly my point. There are times when I want to construct a screen that maximizes the use of the real estate based on how I need it to work, and I don't care (for that dashboard view) whether Podio wants Podio to work in a more Facebook-like or Twitter-like fashion. My whole reason for choosing Podio over other tools and platforms was the flexibility that I could built things in Podio to support my workflow and my team's workflow, rather than having to learn the "built-in" workflow required by other more structured systems and platforms.

I think the "value of the feed" is a Millennial-centric way of approaching the interface design. That is probably very useful to some users, but very off-putting to others. I think that there is something a little bit disingenuous about having a system that is so flexible in every other way, but then tries to force users to use or interact with one component of it in a certain way.

There are some screens and views where I do find the stream to be useful. However, it is clearly (for me) not universally more valuable and useful than every other piece of data or summary report in my workspace, and there are some screens where it does not "deserve" 50% of my screen real estate when I am trying to monitor other things.

That is why I think so many people feel that it is a reasonable thing for the Stream to be available just like any other widget, and to be able to turn it on and off as needed for different screens and views.

Clearly the Activity Stream is not such an all-powerful dashboard and activity monitor that no other information is needed, right? Obvious straw man here, but why not just make the Activity Stream the only thing visible on the home screen if that were the case?

David Jordan 2 votes
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