Launch: Status

Published by Chris Coyier

Today is the unveiling day of a new web application I've been working on the past few months. I am pleased to announce: Status. I worked on it with my friend Richard of Shiftedfrequency.


What is Status?

Status is a communication tool that is all about private groups. You can either start a group, or get invited to an already existing group. Within your groups, there is but one single function, and that is to "Check in". When you check in, you are letting the others in your group know what you are doing and where you are.

The idea is that everyone in the group can, at a glance, get up to date with what everyone else is up to! And without the worry that you are broadcasting private information out for the whole world to see.

It is very easy to check in. If you are at a computer often, there is of course the web interface. If you are a Mac user, there is a Dashboard Widget you can use to update your status. If you are on the go, you can send in status updates right from your cell phone via a text message.

Why is this useful?

The idea for this site came from the company that Richard works for. Richard lives and works in Baton Rouge, but the main office for his company is in Dallas. Some of the employees also work from Houston and a few cities in Florida. Not only is this confusing already, but much of the job involves being "on site" at different client locations. So where is anybody at any given time? Who knows! To find out, you'd have to take a stroll around the office, pop in on people and ask around. "Hey! Who knows where Diane is?!"

Clearly, a waste of time and energy. They needed a simple solution for all these employees to stay on the same page with each other. This is what Status is built to solve. Now that all these employees are checking into Status, everybody can see at a glance what each other is up to and where they are.

As useful as Status can be for keeping track of your group, it can be just as useful for keeping track of yourself! All your updates are saved to your account, so if you need to take a glance back at your week to see what you were doing (say, to bill some time), all that information is there for you.

Is it free?

Yep, there is a free plan for groups up to 5 members. If you need this for a business or any larger group, we have plans to accommodate any group size starting at just $10/month.

Screencast: Introduction to Status

Wanna take a peak inside Status and learn a bit more on how it works? Watch the screencast demo below! (The quality should be good enough to go full-screen)

Wanna be in the CSS-Tricks group?

Should be a cool way for us all to keep in touch! The best way to handle this I think is for you to just use my Contact Form and just shoot me a note (make sure you get your email in there correctly) and I can add you to the group. See ya'll there!

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