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Discussion on: Networking as a WebDev with Polywork

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Abhinav Kulshreshtha

After 2 months of waiting, I am still at around 4000 in waiting list. This makes me reconsider polywork as an alternative to platforms like LinkedIn. I do want to see some new alternative platform for professional networking but almost all the tweets or posts I see about polywork are sponsored content or influencer content.

Now this whole thing feels like a marketing hyping technique. Flood all internet with sponsored content, make user wait in line to generate fomo, then hook user.

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Luke Shiru Author

At the end of the article I shared a VIP code, using that you can skip the line and try it right now. You can also look in twitter, there are lots of folks sharing VIP codes :D

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GrahamTheDev

Here polywork.com/invite/inhuofficial-c... you can "skip the queue".

The whole waiting list is just marketing hype + investor bull (we have 5000 people waiting to join is a great way to get investors excited), there are thousands of early access codes available so it isn't exclusive.

I am on your side about the hype, but who knows, maybe they will get there and deliver a good product so you might as well explore.

Have a read of the comments on my (evidentially not sponsored 🤣) article on PolyWork before you plunge in just to see what others think (ignore me being negative!).

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Luke Shiru Author

I didn't saw that article, I'll definitely take a look at it! :D

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GrahamTheDev

Oh I wouldn't do that, I don't want to be responsible for making someone so passionate about a product turn to the dark side 🤣

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Luke Shiru Author

Reading only the good things about something will never work for me. Even when I buy stuff, I look for positive and negative reviews, because having only one is not useful at all to make a decision.

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GrahamTheDev

I felt like I needed to read that in the voice of master oogway as it was such sage advice! 🤣

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Abhinav Kulshreshtha

Thanks, Finally this time an invite code worked. For past two months, all invite code I tried were already spent. Now I can get to see how polywork actually works.

there are thousands of early access codes available so it isn't exclusive.

I wasn't trying to imply that it is a scam, I am actually excited to see a new platform which could help expand my professional network, which is important for me as a freelancer. But I will say that there is some deliberate efforts given to generate hype among its user base, whether it was to attract investors or for some other technical reason. For first month, I was getting fomo as many influencers I follow had already signed up, then I slowly started to switch my emotion because I don't want to get over-hyped just to get under-whelmed.

Again, Thanks for a working invite code. My profile is Abhinav1217 if you would like to connect.

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GrahamTheDev

They hype is purely for investment, they just raised $13 million so you can't knock it, it worked!

I just hope that now they have that investment the hype turns into something useful!

Let me know how you get on as although I am negative about it I do want it to work as the concept of an alternative to LinkedIn sounds great!

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Abhinav Kulshreshtha

13 million !! Wow !! No complain there, They had a plan and they saw it through. Kudos to them.

Onboarding took longer then I imagined. They have tags for a lot of stuff but then It get confusing midway. It feels they are trying to do a lot more on the platform. I could still see a lot of keywords like AI assistant, mentoring, volunteering, etc.

Interface is cool though, Hope they make a dark mode for it. 😂

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Abhinav Kulshreshtha

Also I read your article, I could really feel you on the long list of tags, And yes, Once my onboarding was complete, I am trying to figure out what to do with it.

Like I said, over-hyped to feel under-whelmed. I will need to spend few days with it.

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GrahamTheDev

@lukeshiru said there was a dark mode, I couldn't find it so perhaps they can help?

Tried switching prefers-color-scheme: dark on but it did nothing for me 😋!

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Luke Shiru Author

They have a dark mode already, but for now you need to actually ask for it here: twitter.com/Polywork/status/142808...

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GrahamTheDev

Ah that explains it...also really strange, as surely it is just as easy to have a toggle button with the words "dark mode (experimental)" on it!

Guess they must be doing something server side with style sheets to make it work?

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Luke Shiru Author

If you're looking to collaborate with someone in one of your proyects, you can head up to the space station and look for folks interested in collaborating there.

If you're just open to collaborate, having your tags and some highlights is good enough to be contacted by other users about projects they want you to collaborate with.

Still, I understand you, initially being used to other sites that have a lot of different sections, having basically just "3 sections: Multiverse, Space station and profile" feels like there is no much there, but part of what I like about it is the minimalist approach.

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GrahamTheDev

So why not call it "collaboration" and multiverse "discover" or "feed", they are just making it hard for themselves and that feeds into my "it is built by marketers" rather than developers syndrome! 🤣

Just look at how confusing people find the unicorn on DEV to know that "inside knowledge" is not a great idea from a UX perspective.

I think I will step up and use it so I can give a more rounded opinion when they fix the search box.

At the moment there is no way I can see to discover stuff about accessibility or web performance for example, so I would have to trawl through "software engineering" as one of the few tags you can get to.

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Luke Shiru Author

Yup, that might have to go away in the final product. The naming feels a little like trying to extend the brand to simple stuff like sections. I can't blame them much, because some sites call the root route "home", others "feed", others "timeline". But yeah, having to learn new terminology for new folks just makes the ramp-up process a little steeper.

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Abhinav Kulshreshtha

Space Station is not something I would easily associate with "collaboration" . I like wacky terminology but at least give accessible hints on what it is. Interface looks modern but it's not something I would call ease of use.