Activity Stream on Workspace

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  • Official comment
    Sara Høeg Højlund-Rasmussen

    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

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  • Andy Hayes

    +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.

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  • Edgar C. Maack

    What if one could close it, as the views on an item?
    Just slide it away and if you need it you can restore it.

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  • Alan Brookes

    This comment, and hundreds like it, have been consistently ignored for three years at least. So let's try a different tack.

    Dear Podio, please could you suggest a single use for this activity stream that your users have ever shown any interest in? Nobody actually wants it, and on a tablet (which many people use), the activity log occupies 100% of the visible screen, so rendering the software unusable.

    Why not share your reasons for wanting to persevere with it ?

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  • Kevin Greene

    From a previous Citrix employee's post it seems like the activity stream is integral to their vision of how the software should work. Basically, they are forcing their own use-case on the user, which I think they do at their own peril. I've seen folks admit to ditching the software because of the Activity Stream. It really seems like some developer's pet feature... is it so hard to make it hide-able or able to be resized? Obviously not. Frustrating to have such a customizable piece of software with this feature that is so obstructive and immutable.

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  • James Hayward

    Agree this would be a great addition to see. Just like how we can move the tiles around on the sidebar would... fingers crossed.

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  • Jonny Anderson

    Upvoted.

    There are people in my company who don't get any use out of Podio really and for whom it's just an extra bit of admin. If we got rid of the activity stream then the front page would be so much more customisable: there'd be much more space for people to design their home screen so that they're presented with loads of USEFUL information, and I think people would be much more engaged with it.

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  • Nick Murray

    As well as upvoting there is multiple questions with the same ideas in the help centre. Because I have no use for the activity stream in the way I run Podio, using the right side for a dashboard is too cramped and doesn't make it a usable space to get an overview which it would do if I could make it the full screen. So not only do I not use the activity stream, but the activity stream makes the entire landing screen of no use to me, :( I would love to use it for a big task list and notepad view, being the only place I can show things from multiple apps, but on the road on a smaller laptop this half a screen view is horrible! Why not have the activity stream in a docked popout you can minimize, this would allow people who use it to quickly check their stream from any of their apps without returning to the home screen!

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  • Nick Elliott

    +1 it would be useful if we could at least move, depending on the nature of the workspace the Activity stream can be redundant yet it dominates the left-side of the screen, as such it only serves as a distraction.

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  • Andrew Thibault

    +1 Our users are getting overwhelmed by the Activity Stream so they ignore it. 

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  • Mansuk Hirani

    +1
    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.

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  • Amélia Larin

    +1 would love it. I need more space on my main page

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  • Anna Aistrich

    Everyone in our team thinks having so many items on the Activity Stream makes the home page look busy. We want to be able to focus on the items that really matter to us. So even a "hide" feature (so that we could look at it only when we want) would be great!

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  • Jennifer Goldsmith

    Adding my voice in support of making the activity stream either removable or much, much smaller. I appreciate that Podio is trying to increase transparency, however the way the activity stream is currently set up creates an information overload. Rather than successfully feeding me information about my colleague's use of the space, I treat that part of the page as if there is nothing there and just go directly to my apps - and as many before me have mentioned, I wish I had more space for them. 

    It is quite redundant to have an activity stream overview on the homepage and then again in every single workspace. I'd be happy and more likely to utilize the feature if it were just on the overview page and then the workspaces were left for working. 

    My final issue with the activity stream is that it mixes conversation and activity updates. If I or my colleagues were to "share something," new and important such as a general announcement or question, it would very quick be buried with "Jenny edited this 1 hour ago. Jenny edited this 2 hours ago. Jenny edited this 2 hours ago," etc.  

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  • Alexander Kaan

    its been 8 years!!! can you guys listen to your audience some of the most basic requests have been ignored for so long why are you ignoring these requests with the most upvotes? the new skin UX does little to nothing differently. so many requested features are beeing ignored.  i was looking to see if certain requests ive been having for a year maybe have been picked up. the oldest comment to date on a few of these top voted features is over 8 years old. and they are super easy to make!!!!! this should just be available. it is super weird, why force unwanted functionality make it optional

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  • Adam Mattis

    Agree - would love to at least be able to move this widget.

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  • Jonny Anderson

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

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  • Alan Brookes

    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...

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  • David Jordan

    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?

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  • mary clark

    +1 move it

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  • Alan Brookes

    I have posted several times on this issue, but we are all wasting out time. The developers have no intention of ever removing the activity stream, despite not having offered any reason to keep it. It's a pity, it could be quite a useful app otherwise.

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  • Kimberly Nichols

    My company is testing Podio right now, but the lack of response from Podio on issues such as this is disturbing.  The program does so much; why would hiding the activity stream be such a difficult feat?  Can we at least get an estimate on when this problem will be addressed?

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  • Kevin Greene

    I too would like the ability to hide or minimize the Activity Stream.

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  • Robbie Mahallati

    Its been 4 Years.  Are you going to make it like a Widget we can ad or resize or NOT?  It is even an item on you Product Back Log.  Feed back would be appreciated.

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  • Roger Coles

    @Sara - I came looking for a way to get the Activity stream out of my way.  I find posts starting four years ago with many different people asking the same thing.  And the response I basically see from you is "No - we know better.  just learn to use it better."  I actually do know what I want to see in in my personal dashboard and can create the reports to easily get to what is important and get a quick view where things stand.  Please, after four years, start listening to your customers and treat the activity stream like any other app - able to be removed, moved and/or minimized.

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  • Carlos Hernandez

    Hey Daniela,

    Thanks a lot for your input! Though we would not be able to commit a timeline to it, I can assure you that we are aware this is a common request from multiple customers and we will work towards getting it implemented.

    Best regards,

    Carlos - Podio

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  • Sean Sloan

    The activity stream is overwhelming for my not very technical collaborators and it doesn't give them any useful information. It's also pretty obnoxious being full column left.

    Things that would make it easier:

    1. Choose a home screen for a workspace with a separate Activity Stream panel.
    2. Have the Activity Stream be a moveable tile that I can then move to bottom right.

    EDIT and I've just found out that the Activity Stream is out of kilter with the grid that tiles works to, so it's extra obnoxious as it ends at a different level to the tile column.

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  • Amit Gupta

    There should be an option to clear/clean a workspace's  activity stream. If I want to start workspace afresh and want to get rid of older activities, I should have an option to do the same.

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  • Lisa Cohen

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

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  • Hans Meijer

    IT takes up more than 80% of the workspace and gives less than 20% info. Please make it optional.

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