What's New

Introducing Similar Profiles and an improved Sort function

Hope you're having a great week! Read on below to see what's new in Clay.

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👯‍♂️ Introducing Similar Profiles

Now you can easily view similar profiles directly from a contact's card in Clay!

Whether you're looking for friends to invite to a reunion, candidates to suggest to a new role, or investors for your next big project, Clay helps you easily find the right person.


↕️ Improved Sorting for People View

We've improved the functionality of our Sort within the People view! You can now choose to sort your contacts by Relevance, Name, Recency, or Created, to help you view your people in a way that works for you! Click once to choose the way you'd like your contacts sorted, and a second time to reverse the order.

This is live on web and desktop, so check it out and see who you find!

✨ Fixes and Improvements

 

  • 🖥️ 📱 Added a help link to login view.
  • 🖥️ Added an icon to indicate direction of sort in UI.
  • 🖥️ Improved UX in "Add to Group" and contact merge modals.
  • 🖥️ Improved UX in Reconnect modal.
  • 🖥️ Now allow canceling "select all" when it requires fetching additional pages of results.
  • 🖥️ Pushed a fix to stop double render when app mounts.
  • 🖥️ Now always show sign in login view when user clicks "sign in" on marketing site.
  • 🖥️ Made entire Nexus button clickable on desktop app.
  • 🖥️ Will now handle all first navigation events properly for a user session.
  • 📱 Added a similar profiles section to the contact card.
  • 📱 Improved how bio’s are displayed in the contact card.
  • 📱 Added an integration error alert.





New Settings view on iOS, Command Bar improvements, and more!

Hope you're having a great week! Read on below to see what's new in Clay.

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⚙️ New Updated Settings View on iOS

We announced our new and improved settings view on web and desktop a few weeks ago, and now it's available through iOS, too!

To navigate to settings, click on the face icon in the upper right hand corner and then select "Settings". Check it out and let us know what you think!

✨ Fixes and Improvements

 

  • 🖥️ Pushed improvement to immediately update the UI when contacts are archived.
  • 🖥️ Refreshed UX in Command Bar and Add to Group modals. Users can now make a selection in the Groups modal without resetting the selection state. Starting selection state in these two modals is also now more consistent.
  • 🖥️ Fixed issues with first navigation event from the main Udo menu or by using the Search input box.
  • 🖥️ Now properly stores reconnect dates locally so that correct date is shown in the Home view.





LinkedIn CSV imports, Speed and Reliability improvements, and more!

Hope you're having a great week! Read on below to see what's new in Clay.

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📥 Faster LinkedIn Imports

For Clay members with large LinkedIn networks, it's much faster and more reliable to start with a one-time CSV import into Clay from your LinkedIn account.

Now, you can download your connections directly from LinkedIn and upload them as a CSV to import your contacts in a matter of seconds. This also means LinkedIn import is now available to Clay members on our web app who don't have the desktop or iOS apps installed!

Once those contacts are added, you can set up a recurring ongoing LinkedIn sync directly from Settings.

You can find more information, including step-by-step instructions, in our Library guide here.

✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️ Launched new version of our desktop app that allows members to choose the option to update "later" when the app next restarts
  • 🖥️ Fixed inconsistent ordering in Archive view when multiple people were archived at the same time
  • 🖥️ Save sort selection for Search and People views and restore this selection when the app restarts
  • 🖥️ Improved contact count determination performance
  • 🖥️ Revised approach to virtualized list keyboard navigation to allow support for lists of rows with variable heights
  • 🖥️ Improve rendering performance across the desktop and web apps
  • 🖥️ New unsubscribe portal for our weekly newsletters





Redesigned Settings, Affiliate Program, App Store Feature, and more!

Hope you're having a great week! Read on below to see what's new in Clay.

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⚙️ New and Improved Settings View

Check out our new Settings view on desktop and web! The new Settings view beautifully organizes all the preferences you have in Clay, from integrations to notifications to themes. To navigate to Settings, click on the face icon in the upper right and then "Settings" from the menu. We'll be adding more preferences over the coming months as well.

🤝 Introducing Clay's Affiliate Program

We're excited to announce the launch of Clay's Affiliate Program! The program is designed to reward you for sharing Clay with your network. Everyone is welcome, whether you’re an influencer, small business consultant, founder, or just a big fan of Clay.

You’ll earn $50 for every subscriber who signs up via your custom link, with a generous 60 day cookie window.

We encourage you to share Clay however you best reach your network: YouTube, TikTok, blogging, Linkedin, and beyond! You can find more details and get started here.




🏅 Clay Named One of the Best CRM Apps!

Apple gave us the tremendous compliment of featuring us as one of the Best CRM Apps in the App Store, alongside apps like Salesforce and Hubspot. Most importantly, thank YOU for your continued support!

✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️ New LinkedIn CSV import option
  • 🖥️📱 Improved deliverability of login emails
  • 🖥️ Immediately remove upgrade banner when user upgrades
  • 🖥️ Fixed iMessage integration sync state UI
  • 🖥️ Fixed display of "PRO" badge in Safari
  • 🖥️ Fixed display of globally shared contact profiles when a user is logged out
  • 🖥️ Improved handling of long names in Welcome Guide "Home" display
  • 🖥️ Adjusted Modal background blur, shadow, and overlay
  • 🖥️ Optimized Moments statistics calculation (you'll need to restart your app to update)





ChatGPT, meet Clay.

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In addition to our Nexus release a few weeks ago, we're excited to introduce Clay's native ChatGPT plugin—the world's first contacts or CRM plugin available for ChatGPT and the most powerful way to ask questions about people in your network.

Clay is the person and relationship layer for all your apps, and adding it to ChatGPT gives the popular chatbot powerful new abilities. To get started, simply visit the ChatGPT plugin store if you're a ChatGPT Plus subscriber, search for Clay, and securely authenticate with ChatGPT.

 

 

From there, you can use the context from your contacts—like their bio, title, location, and notes—in complex queries and workflows. For example, you can draft high quality intro emails that reference each person's background and use the voice and tone you normally use:

 

 

or plan a meetup with someone you know, with knowledge of their location and food preferences:

 

 

or use other plugins like Zapier to build complex workflows:

 

Plugins are currently only available to ChatGPT Plus subscribers, but will be rolled out more broadly soon. We're excited to see what you build with it! As always, send over questions and comments to care@clay.earth






🎉 Ask for birthdays, improved email briefs, and more

Hope you're having a great week! Read on below to see what's new in Clay.

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🥳 Never Forget a Birthday Again

We all want to be the type of friend who remembers everyone’s birthdays – and now you can be!

Our new Birthday feature shows you where birthdays are missing in your closest relationships. If you’d like, we’ll send them an email so they can let you know their birthday, and then we’ll update their birthday automatically in Clay!

You'll see that prompt next time you open the app, or find it anytime in Settings > Info > Request Missing Birthdays.



💌 New email designs (including automatic theme switching!)

Coming soon to an inbox near you — we've redesigned our daily and weekly email missives to be more accessible, display correctly in email clients like Outlook and Spark, and automatically adjust to your email client's light or dark mode when possible.

We also added more helpful information like recent tweets and news to the daily and weekly briefs, to make you more informed with less effort.

✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️ Launched an improvement where emails sent from the Clay desktop and web apps are now more reliable
  • 📱 Fixed a note crash bug on iOS when adding related people and reminders
  • 🖥️ Improved the login flow to make delegated access more similar to Sign in with Email
  • 🖥️ Added a note to the Sign in with Email flow that suggests checking your spam folder if email isn't received





Reconnect for Groups on iOS, Search improvements, and more!

Hope you're having a great week! Read on below to see what's new in Clay.

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🛜 Group Reconnect for iOS

Reconnect is the easiest and most powerful way to remember people over time, and we've heard from many of you about how setting Reconnects on Groups fits more seamlessly into your workflow — so we're excited to bring it to iOS for all of you who manage groups on the go.

Simply tap into the Group you'd like to set the Reconnect cadence for, tap "Edit", and then adjust the cadence as you see fit. It's that easy! To learn more, visit our Library.


📱 Beautiful new app icons

By popular demand, we've brought back some of our special edition icons from the past few years as permanent options in Settings! It's a great way to showcase Clay on your homescreen and personalize Clay with even more personality.

🔎 Search for Clay Members

We've added a few more powerful search terms, including clay members which will show you people you know who also use Clay. It's a great reason to say hi 👋🏽



🎬 New videos on Clay's YouTube Channel!

We added a handful of videos this week that will make your experience with Clay even better. From how to prep for a meeting to how to change your Clay theme, we have you covered!

Take a stroll around our other videos while you're at it. You can find our Youtube channel here.

As always, we love to hear your feedback! If there's a video you'd like to see, please let us know by emailing care@clay.earth.

✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️ Hide empty pills in “Related People” when user edits notes that contain mentions for archived/merged contacts.
  • 🖥️ Stop responding to “R” keyboard shortcut in Group detail view (Remove Person) and Archive (Restore Person) when a user is trying to refresh the window.
  • 🖥️ Better handling and help states when adding Contact Info to a person where that Contact Info already exists on another person (or archived person) or has been deleted.
  • 🖥️ Allow users to sign up with email from marketing site.
  • 🖥️ Users can now logout by navigating to `/logout`.
  • Disallow other clients from rendering Clay in an iframe.
  • 🖥️ Fix various errors when a user logged out from within a view.
  • 🖥️ Fix rare issue of Search being broken when users would use the `/` keyboard shortcut to search.
  • 🖥️ Periodically refresh a member’s Nexus status if their account is currently being prepared.
  • 🖥️ Update the “Shared with me” list on every view rather than requiring a hard refresh to see updates.
  • 🖥️ Add a confirmation step when a user tries to remove an auth account.
  • 🖥️📱 Fixed an issue where some members were being prompted to Reconnect with themselves.
  • 📱 Fixed an issue with the contact notification extension.
  • 📱 Fixed an issue preventing contact sources from being removed.
  • 📱 Stability improvements when loading contacts with lots of profile info or notes.
  • 📱 Let long lists of person avatars scroll horizontally in Feed items if they exceed the lateral bounds of the display.





🤳 Profile and Group Sharing for iOS

Hope you're having a great week and had a chance to check out Nexus! Back to our regularly-scheduled programming 🫡

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🤳 Profile and Group Sharing for iOS

We're on a mission to make staying connected as easy as possible, and our newest improvement to support that is the ability to share Profiles and Groups on iOS!

Now when you view a profile or group on iOS, you can easily share with someone else by hitting the Share button and creating a link to view the group or inviting someone individually. As always, you're in control of who sees what — you can share just public profile info, or optionally share their contact info, Moments, and/or notes for more visibility. To learn more, visit our Library.



🧠 Intro to Nexus

A few weeks ago, we launched on of our biggest features yet - Nexus. Nexus is the first AI navigator for your entire network. It's a collaborative partner that helps you thoughtfully navigate your entire network. Nexus combines the latest in artificial intelligence with the full power of Clay.

Nexus has context for the entirety of your relationships and is able to seamlessly understand any request about your network. Ask Nexus for help with reasons to get back in touch, ideas for the perfect outreach email, and even the perfect gift idea for that special touch. To learn more, visit our Library or watch our Intro to Nexus video here.

✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️📱 Various performance and accuracy improvements to Nexus
  • 📱 Better loading states when signing in
  • 📱 Improvements when editing Groups





👥 Reconnect for Groups

Hope you're having a great week! We have an exciting Reconnect update heading your way.

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👥 Reconnect for Groups

Reconnect is the easiest, most advanced way to stay in touch with the people you know over time. Today, we're excited to announce our biggest update to Reconnect since we launched it: Reconnect for Groups.

With this update, you can now set Reconnect cadences on specific Groups in Clay, with options to catch up with people weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually. Simply go to the top right of a Group and click Edit, or use the E keyboard shortcut, and then select from one of the options.

Depending on the cadence you set and the number of people in the Group, Clay will give you a handful of recommendations of people to reach out to each day in the Home and Review tabs. You won't be reminded about the person if you've talked to them in that time period, and cadences automatically update as you add and remove people from groups.

Reconnect for Groups is live on web and desktop, and is coming soon to iOS. To learn more, visit our Library.

🪄 Sign in with email magic link on iOS

You can now sign in to Clay on the iOS app with email! Sign in with email is an easy and secure way to open Clay — click the link in your email, and the iOS app will automatically open up and log you in, with just a tap.

✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️📱 Fixed a bug where some reconnects could appear as reminders in review.
  • 📱 Fixed various authentication issues.





✉️ Sign-in with Email

This week in Clay, we have a very welcome improvement to our signup and login flows, along with a slew of fixes and improvements.

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🪄 Sign in with Email

It's now even easier to sign into your Clay account — you can now log in via email magic link!

You can add your email as a sign-in method by going to Settings > Sign in Accounts and clicking the "Add Sign In" button. Once you verify that email, you'll be able to use it to sign in when using the desktop and web apps, with support on iOS on the way. It's a fast, easy, and secure way to sign up for Clay, especially for those without an Apple or Google account.

And for our Clay members using delegated access, you can now use your delegated access email when signing in via email — same process as before.

✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️📱 Fixed mobile layout for shared Groups
  • 🖥️ Errors occurring when users log out from the Settings page
  • 🖥️ Fixed various issues with page routing and redirects
  • 🖥️📱 Fixed a bug that might prevent birthdays from being populated in the Home feed
  • 🖥️📱 Fixed a bug that prevented share permissions from being updated in some cases
  • 🖥️📱 Fixed a bug where contacts might not get deleted when requested while deleting a connected account





Clay's Community Forum and a Twitter Update

This week in Clay, we have a handful of bug fixes and improvements and the launch of our new Clay Community Forum! Read on to learn more 🙂.

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👥 Introducing Clay's Community Forum!

We're excited to announce that we've created a new place for community members to share tips, tricks, solutions, and feedback with each other and with our Clay Team. Check out our new Clay Community Forum to participate in discussion and learn how to make the most of your Clay account.

The forum is brand new, so we'd love your feedback if you have ideas for topics or posts! You can always reach out to us at care@clay.earth

🗣️ Twitter Update

Our Twitter integration has been temporarily suspended, alongside many other companies. We have contacted Twitter Developer Relations and have a few other contingency plans to resolve this issue ASAP. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience as we figure it out!

✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️📱 Pushed a fix to display correct birth month on profiles regardless of the date of viewing.
  • 🖥️📱 Made improvement that allows users to access the Archive view when the People view is empty.





🎨 Bug fixes and a design highlight

We’ve been heads down on exciting new features we can’t wait to show you! In the meantime, we’ve got a few quality of life improvements to send you off into a great weekend.

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🔦 Spotlight on Clay's Design Team

Our small but mighty Design team has gotten a lot of positive praise from members and peers recently, and we couldn't be prouder. Here are some of our favorite projects they've worked on from the past few weeks. You can find these and even more on Clay's Dribbble.

Have any personal favorites? We'd love to hear about it! Tweet us @clayhq and let us know!


✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️📱 Fixed a bug in Reconnect where Clay had been recommending members to Reconnect with themselves
  • 🖥️📱 Improved Linkedin sync reliability, including better handling of errors, speed improvements, more accurate contact counts, and better logging when needed for support
  • 🖥️📱 Improved caching for Clay members internationally





🥳 Upcoming Birthdays and Additions to Clay's YouTube Channel

Lights, camera, action! This week in Clay, we're highlighting new additions to our YouTube channel along with some improvements to search.

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🥳 Upcoming Birthdays: You can now search for upcoming birthdays to see people who have birthdays coming up in the next few weeks.



🎥 Clay is on YouTube! We know that some of you are visual learners and wanted to make getting to know your Clay account even easier, so we've added a bunch of new videos to walk through new features and best practices.

Head on over to our YouTube Channel to learn more about contact cards, groups, notes, reminders, reconnect, and more!

We'll continue to add videos, so subscribe to the channel for new content! We'd also love your feedback and ideas - if you have an idea for a new video, feel free to shoot your idea over to us at care@clay.earth ðŸ™‚

✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️📱 Introduced better support for nicknames when searching for someone's name.
  • 🖥️📱 Other search improvements: one-word search terms now match more reliably, search results that match your notes rank more highly, and a few other tweaks to our search relevance.





Group Sharing

This week in Clay, we're excited to announce the release of Shared Groups! This release is groundbreaking for the market today — it's the most beautiful, fast, and private way to send lists of people to others. Keep reading to learn how it will help streamline and enhance your workflow.

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👥 Shared Groups: We're on a mission to make staying connected as easy as possible, and our newest improvement to support that is Shared Groups! Now when you view a group, you can easily share the whole group with someone else by hitting the Share button and creating a link to view the group or inviting someone individually.

As always, you're in control of who sees what — you can share just public profile info, or optionally share their contact info, Moments, and/or notes for more visibility.

Clay is now the easiest way to share groups of people with others. If you need to share:

  • A list of people you know well enough to intro to someone
  • A list of portfolio companies with a colleague
  • A list of candidates with your co-founder
  • A list of wedding vendors with your significant other
  • A guest list for an event
  • A group of friends living in the same city

Shared Groups makes all of those tasks easier than ever. To start, here are some of our favorite food writers and travel bloggers to give you some ideas of how Shared Groups work. For now, Shared Groups are only available on desktop and web, but we'll be bringing it to iOS soon.

✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️ Fixed an issue where users were getting redirected to onboarding.
  • 🖥️ Improved experience to show connection count for iMessage integration.





Clay's all new search

Welcome to all our new members this week — there sure are a lot of you! We've been working behind the scenes on a major upgrade to our search infrastructure that should unlock some powerful new queries and make Clay's search even faster — be sure to update the iOS, Mac, and Windows apps to the latest version to take advantage of these changes.

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🏷️ Search by field: You can now search specific fields in Clay, making Clay's search even more powerful. Simply type the name of a field, followed by a colon and the term you're looking for. You can view the full list of available fields here. Some ideas:

  • name:Brown will find only people with the first or last name Brown, not people who went to Brown University
  • note:"gift ideas" will find people who you wrote gift ideas about in their notes
  • company:"The New Yorker" will return only people you know who work at The New Yorker

🗓️ Date-based searches: See who you met in a particular year — it's a time machine into your meeting and interactions over time.

  • firstMet:2015 — great for seeing old relationships blossom
  • lastMet:2020 — helpful to find people you lost touch with during Covid
  • lastText:<2023 lastText:>2018 — people you last texted in 2019-2022

🧠 Advanced search: For searches that are very specific, you can now use advanced search operators to get hyper-granular results. They work just like Google:

  • Surround a phrase with quotes to find people with that exact phrase in any field. For example, "social media marketing" or "jet propulsion"
  • Add a dash in front of phrases you want to explicitly exclude. For example, paris -"investor" will show you people you know in Paris who are not investors.
  • Use an asterisk to search for all words beginning with that term. For example, bio* will find people who match biochem, bioinformatics, or biomedical.

And a bunch of other improvements:

  • Sorting by name in search and the People tab now properly handles middle initials, so names appear in the expected order
  • Changes made to a contact are now reflected in search results within 1-2 seconds
  • Even complex searches now return much faster
  • We've updated the Search page in our Library with all of these examples


✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️ Fixed an issue where the Review screen was loading items before a Review item dismissal request had been successfully resolved.
  • 🖥️ Added max height to modals so content can scroll as needed.
  • 🖥️ Fixed an issue with removing links when editing a profile.
  • 🖥️ Contact info is more consistently updated and displayed throughout the app.





⊞ Introducing Clay for Windows

The wait is finally over! Clay for Windows is here. We've also got some great new improvements to our sharing feature from last week.

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Announcing Clay for Windows [Beta] We've been cooking up a little something to make Clay available to even more people — and are proud to announce that we've brought all the power of Clay to Windows!

Clay for Windows brings next-generation contact and relationship tools to Windows computers, with all the features you've come to expect — our email, calendar, Twitter, Linkedin, and Facebook integrations, along with native system features like notifications, keyboard shortcuts, and more.

This has been a popular request for the past few years, and we're excited to expand the Clay horizon. You can download the Windows app here and learn more about the release here.

Shared with me: You can now easily view all of the Clay profiles that have been shared with you. Click on the "Shared with you" tab that's available in the sidebar on web and desktop.



✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️ Make profiles publicly accessible when a user clicks "Copy link" in the "Share" modal within the Person profile view.
  • 🖥️ Indicate the share status for a person on their profile view by showing a "Shared" button if the person is privately or publicly shared with others. If the person is only visible to the user, the button will still read "Share."
  • 🖥️ Standardized the sidebar preview of people. We now show a location (map) in all sidebar previews if we have location data for a person.
  • 🖥️ Ensure members aren't redirected to the "Start" page if they accidentally "sign up" instead of "logging in" when signing into the app.
  • 🖥️ Link to FAQ re: email preference settings on the Settings page.
  • 🖥️ Fix bug where "Starred" group member list would momentarily get dropped out when returning to this view from another tab or from a minimized window.
  • 🖥️ Fix issues with incremental loading of past reminders in the Reminders view.





Sharing is live 💫

Sharing is caring.

As one of our most valued members, we're excited to share a technical preview of one of our most exciting new features — you can now share your Clay contacts with others, making it easier than ever to stay connected.

Whether you're sending a profile to your coworker who is looking to hire for an open role, making an introduction between friends who just moved to the same city, or even sending your electrician's info to your cousin who blew a fuse, Clay's sharing feature has you covered.

When you view a contact's card in your Clay account, you'll now see the option to share that profile in just a few taps. You can invite people by email individually, or copy a link so you can share it on social media, iMessage, Slack, or elsewhere. You can also choose to share just public info, or optionally include your notes, moments, or contact info as well. 

Sharing is still in beta, and we have lots of exciting new features coming in the next few weeks! For now, you can only share from web or desktop, and profiles will open in your web browser.

Whether you know someone who's looking for a new job, starting a company, or even trying to keep track of planning a wedding, Clay would love to help. 

To keep in the spirit of sharing (and give you a chance to to try out the feature!), we're giving away 3 months free of Clay Pro to contacts you think could use it right now. To nominate someone in your network to earn 3 complimentary months of Clay Pro, share their profile with us here along with why you think Clay would be a good fit for their needs.

Share your contact here. 

As always, if you want to reach out to us with questions or feedback, you can contact our Care team at care@clay.earth. 

 






Bug fixes and improvements

This week at Clay, we've been focusing on some improvements and bug fixes. You can check them out in more detail below!

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Let us help you spread the love this Valentine's Day 💖 In case you missed last Monday's news, we launched the site Spread Positivity Today, which creates the opportunity to send appreciative notes to people who matter to you, with a little AI help from GPT3 if you'd like it!

We've already had thousands of you generate messages on the site, sending care worldwide. We can't wait to see the positivity you create continue to ripple through our community.

✨ Fixes and Improvements



  • 🖥️ Added empty states to all applicable views. These let you know when there's no data to surface in a given view and prompt you on how to effectively engage with the view.
  • 🖥️ We no longer render negative person ages if we have bad data for a person's birth year.
  • 🖥️ 📱 Twitter is changing how their API works and has had some intermittent issues when logging in — we’re monitoring the situation and have put together an FAQ here with more information in case you encounter any issues.
  • 🖥️ 📱 Fixed issues with the LinkedIn integration that were caused by LinkedIn product changes.





Intro to Clay Video is Live!

Hope you're having a great week! We have a few updates we're excited to share with you 🎊

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Our Intro to Clay Video is Live 🎬 One of our big goals of 2023 is to create more educational content to help you get the most out of Clay! First up - we're publishing our "Intro to Clay" video. This video will take you through getting started and some of the main Clay features to familiarize yourself with. You can watch it here.

This is just the beginning of what we plan to create this year! If you have any video or content requests, please send them our way to care@clay.earth



Spread Positivity with Clay 💖 In case you missed Monday's news, we launched the site Spread Positivity Today, which creates the opportunity to send appreciative notes to people who matter to you, with a little AI help from GPT3 if you'd like it!

When you send them the note, they’ll be encouraged to keep the positivity going by sending a note of their own — kicking off a wave of thoughtfulness and positivity! We'll also track how many people sent a note after receiving yours, as well as how many of those recipients sent a note themselves, and so on down the chain. After a few days, we’ll send you an update showing the impact your notes had in spreading thoughtfulness to others.

And we're off to a great start — thousands of people have generated messages and shared the site with friends, colleagues, and loved ones. We can't wait to see the positivity continue to ripple through our community.

✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️ Improved UX for finding help. In the top right menu in the app, the "Support" option now opens a submenu where users can find links to our documentation and product updates, click to view our in-app welcome guide and app tour, or click to report an issue, give feedback, or ask any other questions of our support team.
  • 🖥️ Added more helpful error messages during login failures.
  • 🖥️ Improved UX when trying to view a contact who does not exist.
  • 🖥️ Fixed a longstanding bug where note drafts were not always getting cleared out after being successfully saved.
  • 🖥️ Fixed app crash caused by missing name data when trying to mention contacts in notes.
  • 🖥️ Introduced process to properly handle restoring Starred group state if an API failure is encountered when trying to update that group.
  • 🖥️ Improved UX so users can no longer open Command Bar or other action modals while an action confirmation modal is open.
  • 🖥️ 📱 Fixed issues with the LinkedIn integration that were caused by LinkedIn product changes





Golden Kitty Award Winners 🏆 and a quick hello from our offsite!

We're checking in this week after our first Clay Team offsite of 2023! We were lucky enough to get most of our team together for some uninterrupted brainstorming and building time in the Big Easy. As a fully remote company, the opportunity to work together in person was incredibly valuable and we have a lot of fun stuff coming your way soon as a result. In the meantime, here are some pics from our time together. Thank you for your patience if we were a bit slower to respond last week - we promise it'll be worth it!



Read on to see what else is going on this week.

🆕 New in this release



We won Best Demo Video of the Year 🎉 We’re delighted to share that Clay has won the Product Hunt Golden Kitty Award for Best Demo Video of the Year! We’re honored to join Golden Kitty Award Winners like ChatGPT and NotionAI. We’re incredibly grateful for your support, and we’re excited for what’s to come✨!

✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️ Clarified on the Settings page how the “Starred Relationships” toggle effects a user’s Reconnect.
  • 🖥️ Added feature to automatically turn link-like text into clickable links when writing a note.
  • 🖥️ Enabled members to edit their own contact information on their profiles.
  • 🖥️ Added "copy phone number" actions for contacts, multi-selected batches of contacts, and groups.
  • 🖥️ Pushed improvement to accurately show LinkedIn integration state when first connecting it to Clay.
  • 🖥️ Launched UX improvements for viewing integration connection states (in Settings or during onboarding) and connecting new integrations to Clay.
  • 🖥️ Added improvement to only show “copy email” for an individual if that person has an email in Clay.
  • 🖥️ Added an offline indicator to show that a user must connect to the Internet to use Clay.





One-click contact, Sign in with Google, and more

First off — we wanted to thank you! We were blown away by all the support we received last week. We wanted to wish a warm welcome to all our new members who joined us from our wildly successful Product Hunt launch.

Finally, we wanted to apologize for the small performance issues we've had over the past week. The team has been working around the clock to make sure everything is speedy again.

We've made a number of infrastructure improvements behind the scenes, and we have some fantastic quality-of-life features this week. We can't wait to share what's coming over the next few releases.

🆕 New in this release

One-click contact: You can now reach out to anyone in Clay with just one click. Our new action is available on every feed item, directly on individual Profiles in the header, in the Command Bar, via a keyboard shortcut (C), and via a swipe gesture on iOS. Reaching out is now always one click or keypress away.

Sign in with Google: Announcing Google sign-in! You can now add a Google account to sign into Clay — go to Settings > Sign in Accounts to add one or more Google accounts. Once you do, you can Sign in with Google on web, Mac, and iOS.



✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️ Fixed a bug with theming in login view.
  • 🖥️ Plain text links pasted into a note will now be clickable.
  • 🖥️ "Clay user" badge on Person profile view now displays properly.
  • 🖥️ Fixed a bug where a followup/reminder was getting created for a note but not applied to the note content.
  • 📱 Added new feed items that explain Clay - check them out in your Home view.
  • 📱 Improved sign in and sign up error messages.
  • 📱 Improved how connections are added.
  • 📱 Added a contact swipe feature as well as swipe gestures to the People, Notes, and Reminders views.
  • 📱 Improved swipe gestures in Search view.
  • 📱 Improved how starring a contact is managed.
  • 📱 Improved how links are pasted in notes.
  • 📱 Added a birthday label to contact cards.





Coming soon...Product Hunt

🌟 We're launching on Product Hunt Next Week!

Product Hunt is a site for people interested in software to discover new products. It’s a special place – companies like Notion, Airtable, and Slack formally introduced themselves to the world on Product Hunt.

We’re ready to join them.

This launch is a big moment for us. It’s the culmination of years of work from our team, as well as the support and feedback from you, our early members. We’re so grateful for your support — you’ve helped shape Clay into the award-winning product it is today.

We’ll let you know when we formally launch next week and we’d love for you to check out our listing and join the discussion!

In the meantime, feel free to create a Product Hunt account so that you can support us next week.

✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 🖥️ Adding and removing people within a Group on iOS now reflects immediately on desktop and web
  • 🖥️ Editing info about a Group on iOS now reflects immediately on desktop and web
  • 📱🖥️ Fixed an issue with birthdays not appearing in the feed on the correct day





Quality of Life Improvements and a New MBA Ambassador Program

This week, we've been hard at work on quality of life improvements across the Web, Desktop, and iOS apps, and a new MBA Ambassadorship program. Check out what we've been working on!

 

Fixes and Improvements ✨

  • 🖥️ Change to handling of locally cached notes when contacts are merged, plus changes to local caching of notes generally
  • 🖥️ New keyboard shortcuts on contact profile view (e) to edit contact and (#) to delete contact.
  • 🖥️ Added color labels on hover when selecting a color for a group for accessibility and ease of use
  • 🖥️ Improved UX in modal for adding contact(s) to a group - the "Create new group" option now remains in view regardless of the current search term in the modal
  • 🖥️ Increased small avatar sizes and improved sizing/spacing consistency throughout the app
  • 🖥️ LinkedIn integration fixes
  • 📱 Added a share action to the feed on iOS and updated the feed cell design
  • 📱 Added disabled cadence state to the contact action bar
  • 📱 Removed alphabetical group sorting to match the order set in the web app
  • 📱 Fixed an issue preventing full contact search in a few places
  • 📱 Fixed an issue causing the paywall link to open when tapping around the search view
  • 📱 Improved logging for the feed

Calling all MBA Students! 🧑‍🎓

We're launching a brand new MBA Ambassador program! If you're interested in learning more, please email wesley@clay.earthwith a brief bio, including what you're studying and why you think you'd be a good fit for the program.






Introducing a new Home View

We’re excited to announce our biggest update to our Home view in years. We’ve redesigned and rearchitected the Home feed to be 10x faster, more useful, and enjoyable to use. It’s simply the best way to keep up to date with the people in your life.

Share updates with others: Every feed update is now shareable with others with a beautiful custom webpage. Simply click on the share icon on each feed item to share to Twitter, LinkedIn, or other apps in one click. Congratulate someone on Twitter about their new job, text someone to ask about their move to a new city, or share a news article to LinkedIn. These new share cards are the perfect reason to reach back out.

News article previews: Each news article now has a rich preview with titles and images so it’s easier than ever to browse updates from 100+ news sources globally.

Birthday reminders: Birthdays now appear in the feed with a stunning confetti effect. And they’re also shareable, so it’s easy to wish someone a happy birthday.

Quick actions: Take a note or add someone to a group directly from the update.

10x faster load times: We’ve completely rewritten the Home view to be more performant. Updates display instantly as you scroll, and new items are introduced each hour.

Let us know what you think on Twitter or email us at care@clay.earth

 

 






Updated iOS Widgets

This week, we're announcing brand new iOS lock screen widgets. We've improved both Facebook and iMessage sync, and released a new universal installer, creating a more consistent member experience across the board.

🆕 New in this release

    • iOS 16 Lock Screen Widgets:You can now add people directly to your lock screen using Clay's new widgets! They're the easiest way to introduce serendipity into your workflow, and make it simple to remember people you haven't seen in a while.






✨ Fixes and Improvements

      • 🖥️ Fixes for Facebook and iMessage sync on Desktop
      • 🖥️ Desktop App now checks for updates while Clay is open and displays a message before restarting
      • 🖥️ We migrated the Clay app to a universal installer, making it easier to install on signup and to create a more consistent experience for users across Intel and M1 Macs





Clay's better with Friends

As a Clay member, we know cultivating relationships is important to you, so we made it even easier to share Clay with the people in your life. 

We've rolled out one-click, customized refer links to iOS, web, and desktop, so you can inspire others in your community to join us in our effort to be more thoughtful.  

You can share your link directly from Clay — just tap the profile icon in the top right, then select "Invite a Friend" to send your customized invitation link to anyone.

As a small gesture to thank you for helping us build our community, we’ll be giving out a complimentary Clay embroidered sweatshirt to the top referrer this month 😉 






Facebook for iOS, referral links, and more!

This week, we're highlighting improvements to the web and desktop apps, some smaller bug fixes, and a new way to share Clay with your friends. We also have an exciting iOS update for the Facebook birthdays integration we announced last week.

🆕 New in this release

    • Facebook birthdays on iOS:We’re excited to bring our Facebook integration to iOS — it’s the world’s first way to search your Facebook friends and get reminded about their birthdays alongside everyone else you know.

      Connect your Facebook account in Settings and Clay will import your Facebook friends, along with their photo and birthday.

      As always, you’ll get a push notification when it’s someone’s birthday so you can easily reach out and wish them well. Easily say hi and read your notes to remember your previous conversation. Search “facebook friends” to see everyone you’re friends with on Facebook. And set Reconnect cadences so you remember to stay in touch over time.





    • Refer a friend in one click: We’ve rolled out one-click, customized refer links to iOS, web, and desktop! You can tap the profile icon in the top right > Invite a Friend to send a customized invitation link to anyone.

      To celebrate, we’ll be giving out a complimentary Clay embroidered sweatshirt to the top referrer this month 😉







    • Re-architected web and desktop apps:We’ve rebuilt the web and desktop apps to be even more secure and performant. They’re now globally distributed in over 100 global data centers, and things like connecting accounts and authentication are even more performant. In fact, everything in the app should be 20-30% faster! This is a huge change, so you will need to login again on web and desktop the next time you visit Clay.


✨ Fixes and Improvements

  • 📱 Several fixes for iOS 16
  • 💻 Fix where related people @-mentioned in notes would not show up immediately
  • 💻 Fix for multiselect where taking action on a person would prevent additional actions
  • 💻 When creating a new contact, trying to navigate to that new contact's profile from the home view will now work
  • 📱 Improvements to hide keyboard when scrolling
  • 💻📱 New subscription management URL





Facebook Friends and Birthdays

August 31, 2022

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Celebrate your people.

After reading through everyone's responses to our integrations survey last week, it was clear Members are excited to bring their Facebook friends into Clay. ​Today, we're excited to take one step closer to becoming a home for everyone you know. 

Introducing our Facebook integration, the world's first way to search your Facebook friends and get reminded about their birthdays alongside everyone else you know. Connect your Facebook account in Settings and Clay will import your Facebook friends, along with their photo and birthday. 

As always, you'll get a push notification when it's someone's birthday so you can easily reach out and wish them well. Easily say hi and read your notes to remember your previous conversation. Search "facebook friends" to see everyone you're friends with on Facebook. And set Reconnect cadences so you remember to stay in touch over time.

We're rolling out our Facebook integration on Desktop first, with iOS to follow in the coming weeks. ​

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As always, all processing happens locally. Clay does not have access to your Facebook credentials and will never take action on your behalf or read sensitive data. For more details on the integration, read our Facebook integration Library page

Let us know what you think, and let others know on Twitter, LinkedIn, and, yes, Facebook. This is just the start of our support for Facebook within Clay, and we can't wait to see what you do with it.






Integrations survey, improved export and search, and more

August 24, 2022

Integrations survey

Our goal with Clay is to help you be more thoughtful with people you know, wherever you interact with them. That's different for every Clay Member, so we'd love to hear from you about what integrations you'd like to see and how Clay can more seamlessly fit into your workflow.

Want to see a Clay Instagram integration? Obsidian plugin? Google Contacts sync? Chrome extension? Let us know!

Improved CSV export

We've rebuilt our CSV export to be backward compatible with Google Contacts and other contacts CSV formats.

Improved compound searches

Complicated searches that work across multiple fields now work faster and more reliably. Try searching things like "emailed last week" or "twitter followers i havent met" without quotes to see it in action, and let us know what else you'd like to search on.

Living happier and longer

This week's featured Stories post reaffirms the importance of being thoughtful — Harvard researchers found that fulfilling relationships have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing.

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Improvements ✨

  • 💻 Updated copy around confirmation modal when trying to navigate away from a new, unsaved Group
  • 💻 Select search input text anytime a Member navigates to Search

Fixes 🛠

  • 💻 Wording and hotkeys in the "Keyboard Shortcuts" modal
  • 💻 "+" hotkey works properly in Group view
  • 💻 Creating a group with selected contacts using the Command Bar
  • 💻 Clear selected people when the search term changes
  • 💻 Fixed interactions between selected cards in the Command Bar or other actions and the preview pane





Home, Review, People, and more

August 17, 2022

Home and Review

As we've grown Clay, many Members have expressed appreciation for how Explore provides conversation starters and updates. To recognize how important it is to the Clay experience, we've renamed it to "Home" and moved it atop the sidebar.

The previous Home view has been renamed to "Review", with all the same features as before, since Clay Members check it each day to stay on top of who they're meeting and who they need to reconnect with.

We have a few more exciting updates for the Home view coming soon — stay tuned.w33_home_and_review.png

Take action directly from Home on Desktop

Last week's iOS Home actions have now come to Desktop!

Now it's even easier to reach out to people when you see updates. Congratulate someone on their promotion or news article directly from the feed.

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People view

In addition to Notes and Reminders, there's now a view for all of your people, sorted by closeness, last name (default), or recency of interaction. Now all your people are just a click or tap away.

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Improvements ✨

  • 💻 Groups load faster in the sidebar
  • 💻 Touchups to the "Add to Group" modal
  • 💻 Use "L" to add selected contacts to a Group
  • 📱 Improved removing LinkedIn and Contacts accounts

Fixes 🛠

  • 💻📱 Upgraded several databases to better handle server load
  • 📱 Fixed a bug where the Explore actions menu wasn't showing up for some users
  • 📱 Fixed a contact selection issue in the group event view





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