Smart Group Messaging in Lyte

What if you didn’t have to search through long group message threads to find links, maps, images, photographs, videos, and other information?

Lyte pulls important information to the top of discussions

When information is mentioned in a Lyte thread’s comments section, it automatically takes the links and maps mentioned, and puts them into buckets at the top of the thread.

Lyte is smart group chat

Our users never have to search through long email chains to find directions or a link.

The analysis of the comments and discussions occurs in the browser. We never read or analyze messages, the work is done using browser technologies, mainly JavaScript. In other words, the user is analyzing their own information.

We call this technology Smart Group Messaging

Bringing intelligence into your group chats increases the value of a conversation. To make the information more valuable we are looking towards third parties to help parse and render more information based on user discussions. Also, we want to add dates and events. One can imagine many ways to expand Smart Group Messaging’s usefulness. Our number one goal is getting out of our users way, and giving them the information they need.

Write Todo lists within group messaging

In order to better understand what our customer base is looking for, we’ve interviewed a number of professionals and learned todo lists are important to people’s workflow.

We want to allow people to create todo lists in the easiest way possible. Imagine writing in a thread comment “TODO: Finish the press release” and automatically become a todo item listed at the top of the thread.

Lyte helps people keep track of their thoughts and ideas as they arise naturally. Write whatever comes to mind, and we’ll sort it.

Rethinking group messaging

People group messaging

The internet is still in its early days. People in their 20s and 30s can remember the days of dial up modems and the use of analog pay phones. Every online application and internet idea can be rethought and recreated a hundred times over. The light bulb is over 140 years old and it continues to enjoy innovative transformations. At Planet, we believe that like the light bulb, group messaging applications will also continue to be reimagined.

Introducing Lyte, lightweight group messaging

The goal of Lyte is to allow people to focus on the message. If you want to create groups, that’s easy to do. But the point is the messages. It is all about getting the information you need. We want to help you get to your map links, your attached photos, and helping you easily find everything that comes up in discussions. The experience of Lyte is 100% focused on you sending and receiving the messages that you can find later.

Conversations with smaller groups of people

“Do not spend too much time with large groups of people.” That’s a quote from the poem entitled, “How To Be Perfect,” by Ron Padgett. You can read it here. We agree with that quote. Let’s return home in our online social circles. With Lyte, you can easily communicate with the people you really care about.

Group messaging where the groups are optional

But you don’t have to create any groups. You create threads and if you want to save the recipients on that thread into a specific group, say “Basketball friends,” you can save that later. That way you can still focus on your message. Groups help to organize ideas and to easily message groups again, but they aren’t required.

Staying on the web

Although we have plans for features like reply by email, reply by text, and mobile app, we are going to keep Lyte primarily on the web. Beluga and GroupMe are mobile apps only, focusing on quick chats. Lyte is different. We are encouraging you to have conversations that can be retrieved. That’s why we have tagging, search, threads, and rich snippets. It is all about access to your thoughts and ideas.

We can’t wait to open it to the public, our friends love it and we hope you will too.

Lyte is closed for sign up right now. We are soon opening to beta. Please feel free to contact us to request access.

How you too can add a kitten puzzle to your 500 page

For Recognize, we wanted the error page to distract the user from errors. Although errors are extremely rare, they are nevertheless jarring experiences.

Create a distraction on your 500 error page.

To make our 500 error page more interesting we added a photograph shuffle puzzle. To take that puzzle to the next level, we chose an adorable photograph of a kitten.

Kitten Puzzle

We’ve received positive feedback regarding our puzzle.

Nate Vaughn posting on our 500 page

Now you too can add a kitten puzzle to your 500 page

Step 1. fork my puzzle on github

Go to the Github repo and download the JavaScript HTML5 puzzle.

Step 2. Rename index.html to 500.html

Paste the entire package (minus the README) into your public directory where you keep your 500.html page. Re name the index.html as 500.html.

Step 3. Edit 500.html and CSS

Put your important meta data into the head of your new 500.html and update the introduction html and content. There is a bunch of CSS that you will probably want to cut out. Out of box it is somewhat space themed.

Step 4. Put in your own photograph

Make sure to change the image. Has to be 500x500px. This is the image you’ll want to update: https://github.com/grandecomplex/JS-Picture-Puzzle/blob/master/_ui/img/image.jpg.

And now you have a puzzle as your 500 page! Users are successfully distracted!