What's New

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


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. ​


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.


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.


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.


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

Explore actions on iOS, My Account, and more

August 9, 2022

Take action directly from Explore on iOS

Now it's even easier to reach out to people when you see updates. Congratulate someone on their promotion or new article directly from Explore! And stay tuned for more Explore updates coming soon.



Account Settings

We've reorganized Settings to include a section called "My Account" where you can export your data, manage your payment methods, and get invoices for expensing Clay.


Clay Use Case – Consultants

This week's featured Stories post is an interview with a Clay Member on how he uses Clay in his day-to-day. Check it out if your work involves client relationships or working with a lot of people on a per-project basis and you struggle to stay in touch afterwards. And thank you, Jarrad, for sharing your insightful tips with the Clay Community!



Improvements ✨

  • 📱 Improved speed of Collections view

Fixes 🛠️

  • 💻 Visual fixes to the search bar in the Library on Safari
  • 💻 Fixed an onboarding tour regression
  • 📱 Fixed an issue preventing some profile picture placeholders from showing in Search

Notification photos, reordering groups, and fixes and improvements!

August 2, 2022

Reorder Groups

You can now rearrange your groups by dragging them in the sidebar on Mac and Web! Starred will always be pinned to the top for easy access.



Notification contact images

Building on last week's improvements, we've added contact photos to iOS notifications so it's easy to see people at a glance.



A guide to following up

This week's Stories post is on how following up can help you strengthen your relationships. We outline three steps to help you be more intentionally thoughtful with the people you know.


Join the conversation

We'd love to hear how you use Clay over on Twitter! Please stop by if you'd like to learn tips and ticks from other Clay Members or share your knowledge.


Improvements ✨

  • 💻 Organization description information is displayed in each person's card and in Search when relevant
  • 💻 Search suggestions now refreshed each time Search is opened
  • 💻 Respect "M" as a shortcut for merging a group of selected contacts

Fixes 🛠️

  • 💻 Fixed a bug preventing creating a new user and a note at the same time
  • 💻 Alignment of "No match" display in Command Bar

Notifications, Command Bar, and Library updates

July 26, 2022

Command Bar improvements

We've improved navigation from the Command Bar. Now, you can visit any of the main views, jump straight to a group, or get in contact with our support team.



A Brand New Library

The Clay Library got a fresh coat of paint last week! Please check it out if you ever have any questions about how to use Clay or if you'd like to know about best practices such as how to take good notes or pro tips to get the most out of Clay.



Desktop notifications

Notifications are now supported on desktop, so it's easier than ever to stay up-to-date with the people you know. If you have Clay for Mac installed, you should begin to receive them automatically.


More notification customization

We've also streamlined Notification settings on Mac and iOS, so you have more control over what you'd like to see. There are now toggles for everything that comes up in Home, which can be accessed by going to "Personal Info" in the top right, then "Settings."


Reconnect notifications

Our new Reconnect notifications help you remember to reach out to those who are important to you.



Lindsay Kaplan interview

Last week we announced Stories, our blog. We're excited to share that our interview with Lindsay Kaplan, co-founder of Chief, was just posted. Check out our full conversation for more insights into Lindsay's journey, advice she'd give to college students, her career turning points, and more.



Improvements ✨

  • 🖥️ Can now log out and contact support from the Command Bar
  • 🖥️ Keyboard shortcuts are now included in Command Bar search and highlighted when the query matches the related key
  • 🖥 Clearer differentiation around Command Bar actions when selecting people in a group

Fixes 🛠️

  • 🖥 Fixed Library links
  • 🖥 Command Bar will ignore selected people when not on a Group or Search
  • 🖥 UX fix around "Add a Note" people search results
  • 🖥 Fixed broken Intel download

Drag and drop, right-click, sorting on iOS, Stories, and more

July 19, 2022


Right-click menus

You can now right-click on people in Search and Groups to take actions on them, like adding them to a group, copying their emails, and more.


Drag and drop

Quickly add people to Groups by selecting them and dragging them over. Whether you're in Search or in a Group, drag and drop makes it easy to keep your Groups updated.


Sorting and search improvements on iOS

Last release's sort feature has now come to iOS! As a refresher, the sorting options for search results are by Relevance (the existing sort), Name (last name A to Z), and Recency (people you've interacted with most recently first).



You may be familiar with the story of David Rockefeller and his 200,000 index cards—one of the many experiences that inspired us to build Clay. We're excited to announce our new blog, where we'll share more stories of thoughtfulness that inspire and challenge us.

Expect more interviews, research-backed stories, and deep dives on how thoughtfulness and serendipity have changed lives. Check out our first post, featuring identity designer Mackey Saturday, on the impact relationships have had on his success.

Improvements ✨

  • 🖥️ Improvements around connecting accounts
  • 🖥️ Added small tips to each step of the app tour on desktop
  • 🖥️ Added new icons for Reconnect that indicate whether someone is set to automatic or none
  • 🖥️ Improved default query when mentioning people in notes (typing '@')
  • 🖥️ Immediately updating related contacts in the sidebar when saving a note with a mention
  • 🖥 Ability to deselect a person in the merge modal with a second click
  • 🖥 Errors that occur while updating a group will revert the group to its last saved state
  • 🖥 Display glow behind profile images on the profile page and sidebar preview
  • 🖥 Updated styles on dropdown menus and Command Bar
  • 🖥 Ability to copy email addresses for a single contact, for a selection of contacts, or for an entire Group
  • 🖥 Added a pill displaying which contact or how many contacts are selected in the 'Add to Group' modal
  • 📱 Reordered groups to be sorted alphabetically to match desktop
  • 📱 Improved date handling in notes

Fixes 🛠

  • 🖥 Clearing out the draft note once it's successfully saved
  • 🖥 Properly indicating which people are selected in the list in the merge modal
  • 🖥 Updated navigation shortcuts for groups given the new, alphabetical ordering
  • 🖥 Fallback avatar display bug in Safari that happens in the sidebar
  • 🖥📱 Several fixes for merging profiles
  • 📱 Fixed a bug with uploading a profile photo during signup

Sorting, faster search internationally, and better performance

June 30, 2022

Sort your search results on Mac and Web

To start, we've added sorting options for search results so you can see people by Relevance (the existing sort), Name (last name A to Z), and Recency (people you've interacted with most recently first). Try it out and let us know what else you'd like to see!

Faster performance abroad

We've expanded to include data centers in Europe, meaning Clay members abroad should experience significantly faster loading times—with more regions on the way.

Speed and reliability upgrades

We've upgraded and improved performance across our Mac app, resulting in 2-3x CPU and memory improvements.


New iOS app icons

We're delighted to share 3 new icons, our signature Clay faces. You can customize your home screen by tapping Udo (the little face in the top right), and going to Settings > General > App Icon.

Introducing our new support email, care@clay.earth

Please use our new, dedicated support email for quicker responses to support requests, bug reports, and product feedback.

Improvements ✨

  • 🖥️ 📱 Added server status system level alerts to Udo
  • 🖥️ 📱 Speed improvements around adding and deleting contacts
  • 📱 Supported markdown links in Notes
  • 📱 Improved speed of the initial Explore feed refresh
  • 🖥️ Added a link to docs for the Contacts integration
  • 🖥️ Small improvements around displaying long contact names
  • 🖥️ Slightly refreshed UX for Merge Contacts modal
  • 🖥 Optimized flower animation rendering
  • 🖥️ 📱 Overhauled the onboarding flow and introduced an in-app tour
  • 🖥️ Support for 'afternoon', 'evening', 'night', and 'midnight' when setting reminders
  • 🖥️ Selecting existing input in Search when a member hits '/'
  • 🖥️ Group names are now alphabetized

Fixes 🛠

  • 🖥 Fixed the memory leak issue on M1 Macs
  • 🖥 Fixed a bug preventing members from toggling between the Name and Notes input fields in the New Person modal
  • 🖥 Appending the protocol to markdown links if it was missing
  • 🖥 Fixed the links to docs for LinkedIn and iMessage integrations
  • 🖥 Fixed nearly invisible Udo on nested (overlayed) pages
  • 🖥 Various fixes to note caching
  • 🖥 If a member navigates while the Command Bar is open (e.g. with the browser 'back' button), the Command Bar state is updated to match the new view
  • 🖥️ Contacts with date-parsable names (e.g. "Sun") are now mentionable in notes
  • 🖥️ Realigned some icons
  • 📱 Fixed theme-related rendering issues
  • 🖥️ 📱 Created parity between iOS and desktop product language
  • 📱 Fixed which address is shown on the map in a card
  • 📱 Fixed padding in some picker views
  • 🖥️ 📱 Encouraging email for all support requests (in the Contact Us menu)
  • 🖥️ Fixed a UI bug when merging cards
  • 🖥 Properly displaying Moments that are missing an event name or subject line

Small wins and bug fixes

May 12, 2022

Vastly improved iOS contact card performance

Loading contacts on iOS is now ~3-5x faster, making your Clay experience smoother when you're on the go.

Better iOS Contacts import

We've improved the iOS contact import experience by increasing how quickly we import contacts as well as adding support for the business name field.

Improved Reconnect experience

We’ve updated keyboard shortcuts and added more cadence options to make Reconnect even more intuitive and powerful.

Auto-saving for notes in progress

Now, when you hit the plus button in the tab bar or at the lower left, notes will automatically save as you write them just like when you add a note to someone's card.

Improvements ✨

  • 🖥️ 📱 Added ordinal day of the week options for quarterly and monthly Reconnect cadences (e.g. third Monday)
  • 🖥 Tweaked modal design to be cleaner
  • 🖥️ Adjusted key bindings for closing the Reconnect cadence modal
  • 📱 Improved how follow-ups are deleted in notes
  • 📱 Added new ways to reach out in the contact action
  • 📱 Added a button to remove the LinkedIn connection
  • 🖥️ 📱 Improved our exports for larger accounts

Fixes 🛠

  • 🖥️ Added a fallback to keep the in-app back button working on all views
  • 🖥️ Fixed an issue that was causing the app to crash to merging cards
  • 🖥️ Fixed a bug that was causing the app to crash when using row-level hot keys with no row selected in a list view
  • 📱 Prevented transparent placeholder contact photos from overlapping
  • 📱 Fixed an automatic logout issue
  • 🖥️ Prevented needing to refresh after merging a card to see notes
  • 🖥️ Fixed various bugs regarding modals not working in certain views
  • 🖥 Fixed a bug where associated contact data sometimes wouldn't show in the Notes collection

We won a Webby!

April 27, 2022


We are simply thrilled to share that Clay has won both the People's Voice and Judge's Choice Webby Awards, in large part due to your voting and your feedback as we’ve built Clay.

With more than 14,000 entries from over 70 countries, and nearly 2 million votes cast by nearly 500,000 people in the Webby People's Voice, this 26th Annual Webby Awards was the biggest in its history.

We are honored to follow in the incredible footsteps of past winners like Dropbox, Evernote, and Airtable. This win will help us continue to build momentum as we add new features and new members to Clay.

We certainly would not be here without you, and we're deeply grateful for your support. We're proud of the product and community we've built these past three years and we recognize that you, our early members, have played a pivotal role in shaping Clay. Accordingly, these awards are yours just as much as they are ours.

Sharing this journey with you means the world to us, and we are excited to continue building a beautiful home for your people. And there's so much more to come.

Contacts Integration for iOS

April 19, 2022


Relationships are fragmented across a vast and varied array of places: emails, calendars, social media, and messaging apps. We're working to build a single, definitive source of truth for everyone you know—a place that empowers you to be more thoughtful. Our release today brings us one step closer to that goal

Introducing our new Contacts integration for iOS, built to bring more of your friends, family, and colleagues into Clay. We know that your phone contacts are an important part of how our members stay in touch with the people that matter to them—amassed over years and full of key details like birthdays, contact methods, addresses, and notes. That's why we've built a seamless integration that allows you to import your iPhone contacts into Clay, no spreadsheet or manual work involved.

We're rolling this integration out on our iOS app first, with the Mac app integration following shortly. This is one of our most requested features, and we're eager to get it into your hands as soon as possible.

To get started, open the Clay iOS app and go to Settings. Then, scroll down until you reach the "Accounts" section, tap "Add Contacts", and follow the prompts.

Because of the complexity of this integration and the importance of contacts data, we wanted to answer a few important questions:

1. Who will Clay import from my iPhone Contacts? Everyone—Clay will create new cards for people that you haven't interacted with using any of your existing accounts, and will merge contacts automatically when there's a high degree of confidence that the people are the same.

2. What does Clay import from my iPhone Contacts? Clay will import text fields like name, bio, phone numbers, addresses, etc. Information stored in the notes field and profile pictures won't be pulled in quite yet.

3. How will this affect my iPhone Contacts? This integration is read-only, meaning it will update the data inside Clay to match what you have in your contacts, but it will not reflect changes you make in Clay back to your contacts. We take the integrity of your contacts data very seriously, and many other apps have messed up contacts data when trying to edit or overwrite it.

4. Will I need to manually reimport my contacts? No, this integration syncs in the background, meaning you'll always have the most up-to-date information inside Clay—similar to our LinkedIn integration.

Help Clay win a Webby!

April 18, 2022


We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming with a special announcement: Clay has been nominated for a Webby Award from a pool of over 14,000 submissions, following in the footsteps of companies like Dropbox, Evernote, Airtable, Asana, and others.

This recognition is the culmination of 3 years of hard work from our team, as well as the support and feedback of our early members.

To our members, we are deeply thankful! We're honored to share this journey with you, and we are excited to continue building a beautiful product for you. Winning would help us get Clay in front of even more people, so we'd love your help to win the People's Voice award. Please vote here, and share with any other friends of Clay.

We're only a few hundred votes away, and voting only takes a few seconds (make sure you confirm your vote over email!)

If you send us a screenshot of your vote, we'll send you a special Clay surprise and enter you into a giveaway for a limited edition embroidered sweatshirt as a token of our appreciation. If you'd like additional entries to increase your chances of winning, you can help us promote our nomination at the link above as well.


March 28, 2022


Serendipity. It's that warm feeling of running into someone you haven't seen in a while at a coffee shop, or realizing two of your friends should meet each other. It's a magical moment that most often happens in-person. Which is why we spent months rethinking how Clay could amplify and shape the serendipity in your life.

Introducing the all-new Reconnect, a simple and extremely powerful way to be thoughtful with people over time. By default, Clay will remind you about 3 people we think you should reflect on each day. Say hi if you want, read your notes to remember your previous conversation, or just dismiss the reminder if there's nothing to say. Even just getting in the practice of thinking of someone will help build the muscle in your brain associated with strengthening relationships.

If you want to adjust how often someone shows up—maybe you want to be reminded about them every month, or you don't want to be reminded at all—you can adjust their cadence on their profile card or by tapping "H". You can even fine-tune how many recommendations you get a day within Settings.


Reconnect intelligently takes into account when you last talked to someone and how close you are to them, so you can easily remember the right person at the right time. And it keeps learning and improving the more you use Clay.

Acting as a natural extension of your mind, it's a revolutionary way to remember all the relationships in your life. We think you're going to love it.

Reminders in Notes, Multiple Reminders, and more

March 9, 2022


Reminders in notes

• Many Clay members have told us they use notes as an easy way to remember things to follow up about, or things they need to do for someone. Now, Clay makes it easier than ever to get reminded about all those dates. Just type a date or time period in your note, and Clay will set a reminder automatically and notify you on that date. And this also means that when you get a reminder, you’ll remember why you set it in the first place. Try it with a specific date (“Aug 10” or “8/10”) or a rough range (“next year” or “in a few months”). If you don’t want a reminder, just tap the date or backspace to remove it. Existing reminders have been migrated to this new format, so any one-off reminders you’ve set are now notes that you can edit or remove easily. As always, send us feedback — we’ll continue to refine our date parsing AI over time.


Multiple reminders

• Along the same lines, there are sometimes multiple important dates in the future for a person. You might want to send someone a thank you note next week, but then remember to reach out when they get married in September. Now, since each note can have a reminder, you can take notes about all of those important dates and Clay will remind you when it’s time to say hi.

Improvements ✨

  • 📱 Various performance improvements around notes

Fixes 🛠

  • 🖥 Fix an issue with Sign in with Apple where some Clay members would need to sign in twice on Chrome
  • 🖥 Bug where modals for contact actions (merge/add to group) would not open if a user were to navigate up in a list of search results and used a hotkey or cmd-k to open

Addresses and Locations, and more

February 18, 2022


Addresses and Locations

• Many Clay members use Clay to remember where their closest people live. Maybe you’re traveling to a new city and want to catch up with former coworkers. Or you just received a letter from a friend and want to remember their address to send a gift. With people moving around more often during the pandemic, that’s almost impossible to do. Now, Clay fully supports addresses, and displays them with a beautiful, custom-designed map in the bottom of each profile. And Clay shows the current time at that place, perfect for traveling or people you know internationally — no more time zone converting. To add or edit an address, go to Edit Profile and scroll down to Locations. Importantly, this works even if you don’t have a full address for someone. Clay will continue to use locations from other social networks you connect, so you don’t need to add location data yourself. And Clay works behind the scenes to standardize locations, so searching for “nyc” returns people in Brooklyn too, and searching for “France” shows people in Paris even if France isn’t mentioned. It’s magic — and we can’t wait for you to try it.


Multiple reminders

• Along the same lines, there are sometimes multiple important dates in the future for a person. You might want to send someone a thank you note next week, but then remember to reach out when they get married in September. Now, since each note can have a reminder, you can take notes about all of those important dates and Clay will remind you when it’s time to say hi.

Scan notes on iOS with Live Text

• We’ve added a dedicated button to the notes experience on iOS, so you can now scan your notes into Clay with one tap. And because both Related People and Reminders are a part of notes, those will automatically be recognized and populated.

Improvements ✨

  • 🖥 New login flow for Mac app that opens in your default browser so login is more secure. As a result, Touch ID works to login when your default browser is Safari (thanks Patrick K. for the feedback on this)
  • 🖥 Switch to a modal view when adding a new person or a new note (if not on a profile view) so that user maintains more context
  • 🖥 Group detail view UX improvements
  • 📱 Group UX improvements, particularly when adding or editing a group
  • 📱 Allow Outlook email accounts to be added on iOS
  • 🖥📱 Tweak LinkedIn sync time to be more frequent on desktop and less frequent on iOS
  • 🖥 Allow user to escape from group edit mode with single tap of “esc” if nothing has changed
  • 📱 Made Home settings more consistent with Mac/Web

Fixes 🛠

  • 🖥 Handle long group names in group detail view on desktop
  • 🖥 Lots of fixes for desktop performance when dealing with deleted contacts
  • 🖥 Fix display bug with stats on Explore view
  • 🖥 Issues with star icon display
  • 🖥 Display correct label for Star icon in cmd-k modal options
  • 📱 Fix an issue displaying all connected accounts
  • 📱 Fixes an issue preventing some users from using 2FA when connecting accounts
  • 📱 Fixes an issue with the app crashing when signing out
  • 📱 Fixes an issue preventing some changes to the Home settings
  • 📱 Fixed some padding inconsistencies in the settings view

Year in Review 2021

January 10, 2022


Year in Review

• As your new year begins, take a moment to reflect and celebrate all the relationships you’ve cared for and built in 2021. We used your communication style to create a personalized “communication aura” just for you.


Automatic Linkedin Syncing, Gift Clay for the Holidays, Swipe Actions on iOS, and more

December 21, 2021


Automatic LinkedIn Syncing

• Many Clay members love our first-of-its-kind LinkedIn integration, but wish it pulled in new connections automatically. Now, it does! The next time you do a LinkedIn import, Clay will automatically sync new connections daily moving forward on desktop.

Swipe actions on iOS

• The Home view on iOS now has consistent actions to your Home view on Mac and web. Swipe to the right to star someone, or swipe to the left to take a note, set a reminder, or mark as done.

New Collections view on iOS

• We’ve introduced a new Reminders screen across Desktop, Web, and iOS so you can quickly see upcoming and past reminders you’ve set on people. And we’ve brought our Notes view to iOS so you can quickly view or edit a previous note.

Monthly email invoices

• Many Clay members expense their Clay membership — if you’d like an invoice emailed to you monthly, email us at team@clay.earth and we’ll set that up for you.

New Profile, Settings, and Help navigation

• We’ve simplified the profile, Settings, keyboard shortcuts, email and chat support, and more into a beautiful icon in the top right of Clay on both iOS and Desktop. We’ve named our new friend Udo—a shortened version of “Udongo”, which is the word for Clay in Swahili.

Improvements ✨

  • 🖥 Switch to using pointer cursor for interactive elements only in the web app. Desktop now uses default cursor for interactive elements, with the expectation that interactive elements should have a hover state.
  • 🖥 Adjusted layout of navigation
  • 🖥 Added a star animation when starring/unstarring a contact
  • 🖥 Switched to a single left alignment for main content container and main header area
  • 🖥 Removed blurred headers from sidebar views
  • 🖥 Removed a dangling connector that would appear when a single Moment was shown in the sidebar contact preview
  • 🖥 Back buttons now only appear on child views
  • 🖥 Throttled note-saving success alerts to once every 45 seconds (at most)
  • 🖥 Checkable lists in our note text editor now use our primary checkbox styles
  • 📱 Updated various UI icons

Fixes 🛠

  • 📱 Layout and performance fixes for the note view
  • 📱 Improved the layout for group cells
  • 📱 Fixed a crash when editing a contact
  • 🖥 Fixed background blurs not being applied in some areas
  • 🖥 Fixed issue with group header underline appearing on top of dropdown menu
  • 🖥 Updated “add to group” keyboard shortcut (‘h’ -> ‘L’)
  • 🖥 Starred status properly updating on rendered contacts on hotkey and/or star icon click
  • 🖥 Fixed keyboard shortcut copy (‘Add People to Group’ -> ‘Add People to Group’)
  • 🖥 Fixed bug where selecting a contact in a nested list (e.g. contacts in an event preview in the inbox view) could appear to select 2 contacts. Only single contact is now selected at any one time, and we use the selection state rather than row:hover pseudoclass to apply styles.
  • 🖥 Checkable lists in our note text editor now properly wrap when the text exceeds one line.
  • 🖥 Note text editor now properly receives focus when switching from a read-only to an editable state.
  • 🖥 Esc button hotkey on “Add Note” view now only moves location back one route rather than (sometimes) two.
  • 🖥 Mentions now work in note text editors regardless of the editor’s starting state.

Starred, Open in Superhuman, Better Keyboard Shortcuts, and more

November 23, 2021



• Many Clay members have asked for an easy way to modify who shows up as close, closer, and closest. Now, those three groups (and everyone who was in them) are combined into a new Starred group, right at the top of your list of groups.

Anywhere you see someone in Clay, you can easily star or unstar them quickly. Clay assumes Starred people are important—they’re who you want to get closer to, or stay close with. So features we’ll be introducing in the next few weeks, like recurring reminders, will rely on Starred and other groups to decide who to show you, and how often they show up.

Open in Superhuman

• You can now open email threads from your Moments natively in Superhuman. Tapping on an email thread or subject line will open the associated thread in Superhuman so you can respond or get context.


Consistent keyboard shortcuts and home actions

• Clay’s keyboard shortcuts are now much more consistent across the application, and more consistent with other applications and macOS conventions.

Star someone with S

Take a new note by tapping N

Add someone to a group by tapping L

Set a reminder with H

Mark done in Home with E

Switch views with G then I / E / N / H for Home

The list of actions you can take from the Home view is now more complete, and you can navigate to everything on the right sidebar with a keyboard shortcut.


Reminders and Notes screens

• We’ve introduced a new Reconnect screen across Mac, Web, and iOS so you can quickly see upcoming and past reminders you’ve set on people. And we’ve brought our Notes view to iOS so you can quickly view or edit a previous note.

Select multiple people

• Another frequently-requested idea from Clay members, you can now select multiple people in a group, so it’s easier than ever to remove multiple people at once or copy their email addresses quickly.

Recent searches

• The Clay search page now shows recent searches, so you can quickly jump to a search term you searched for previously.

Improvements ✨

  • 📱 Updated minimum iOS version to 14.0
  • 🖥 Allow ⌃ P and ⌃ N to move up / down in Home view
  • 🖥 Remove transparency on profile pictures in Home view when in light mode
  • 📱 Improved design of the Add screen when adding a note or contact
  • 🖥 📱 Improved LinkedIn import for accounts with large connection counts
  • 🖥 Improved navigation when onboarding

Fixes 🛠

  • 🖥 Fixed issue where some users needed to log in twice with Sign in with Apple

Live Text, iOS 15 support, and more

October 21, 2021


Live Text

• Many Clay members pull in notes from notebooks, business cards, and post-it notes. Now, you can add those notes into Clay with Live Text.

Simply tap the notes field, select “Scan Text”, and you’ll be able to scan contact information from a business card or the notes from your last meeting, quickly and easily. And it even works with Markdown formatting and Related People, so you can write out bulleted notes or @ mention people in your handwritten notes that transfer seamlessly to Clay.

Copy email addresses in Groups

• You can now copy all the email addresses from a group, so you can quickly reach out or export them. Simply press More Options in the top right of a group and select Copy Email Addresses.

Profile sidebar in Search

• When searching on web and Mac, you can now preview someone’s profile as you scroll. It’s a fast and easy way to remember who they are, without clicking into their profile fully.

Today is now Home • We have a number of exciting improvements coming over the next few weeks, and we’re making way for them by doing some spring fall cleaning.

When we started Clay with just a calendar integration, Today view showed who you were going to meet that day. As we’ve grown, that list as expanded into people you set reminders for, people you’ve emailed, and more. So now Today view is simply Home, and we’ll be rolling out some more improvements to make that view even more useful.

Speed improvements… everywhere

• Our iOS app now loads 4-5x faster in most cases, and loading times for Home and Explore should be about 10x faster after data is loaded.

iOS 15 support

• Along with Live Text, we’ve optimized Clay for iOS 15 and made various performance improvements to take advantage of the latest hardware and operating system.

Improvements ✨

  • 📱 More improvements to iCloud Calendar sync
  • 🖥 Improved login page on desktop to make Sign in with Apple more differentiated from delegated access login
  • 🖥 Improved Markdown link formatting
  • 📱 Improved modal view management in the settings view
  • 📱 Improved deleting and merging profiles

Fixes 🛠

  • 📱 Various fixes for iOS 15
  • 🖥 Fixed bug where dismissed rows in Today view would reappear
  • 🖥 Fixed bug where Related People wouldn’t appear correctly in notes
  • 🖥 Fixed bug where tapping on a broken related person link in notes would show a blank screen
  • 🖥 Fixed bug where tapping on a text message Moment would open a blank Clay window
  • 📱 Fixed animation in Home view

Multiselect (and more!)

September 23, 2021


Select multiple people with bulk actions in search

• We’ve talked to many of you who love adding people to groups, but that process can take a bit of time depending on how many people you’re adding. And we wanted to simplify the process of merging or removing people when Clay can’t do it automatically.




Now, you can select multiple people in search—use your mouse, or tap x or space to select a single person. SHIFT + Arrow Up/Down to select multiple in a row. Want to select everyone in a search? CMD+A, or the select all checkbox in the top right. And Escape once to deselect all, and twice to go back to your search.

Once you select multiple people, you can add everyone to a group, merge, or remove them. And we’re introducing a new action, Copy Email Addresses, that makes it easy to email everyone at once. It’s fast, easy, and—dare we say, fun?

We’ll be adding multiselect to more places in Clay (like groups!) but we wanted to get this out ASAP for you to use. Let us know what you think!

Improvements ✨

  • 📱 iCloud Calendar sync is now multithreaded, so it will sync faster and more reliably
  • 🖥 Improved performance when scrolling long search result pages
  • 🖥 Remove deleted/merged contacts immediately, to avoid confusion when those contacts stayed in the search view for a few seconds
  • 🖥 New loading screen and animation when opening app
  • 🖥 Display all available integrations, even if they’re only available on another platform

Fixes 🛠

  • 📱 Various fixes for iOS 15
  • 🖥 Fix bug when trying to remove someone with delegated access
  • 🖥 Allow empty sections when editing a profile (e.g. errors when removing all of someone’s websites)
  • 🖥 Various rendering issues in Safari
  • 🖥 Fix bug with Markdown rendering conflicting with Related People in a note

iCloud Calendar, Annual Plans, Linkedin on Desktop, and more

September 15, 2021


iCloud Calendar support

• If you use iCloud Calendar, you can now add your calendar on iOS and Clay will automatically create profiles for the people you’ve met with, just like we do from Google Calendar.

Annual subscriptions

• Thanks to popular demand, we’re excited to announce a new annual subscription plan! Paying annually helps Clay remain sustainable and shows your long-term support for our mission to help people be more thoughtful. And as a show of appreciation, annual pricing is 50% off a monthly subscription — $120 a year. You can change your plan in Settings > Manage My Subscription > Update Plan. As always, thank you.

Import LinkedIn on desktop

• Our LinkedIn integration is one of our most popular, but we built it initially on iOS. Now, you can connect your LinkedIn account on the Clay Mac app, even without our iOS app installed.

Add people manually via LinkedIn

• Sometimes you want to add someone to Clay manually, but only have their LinkedIn profile. Now you can add someone via LinkedIn URL, so it’s easier than ever to add someone manually.

New help and feedback menu on iOS

• We introduced a new screen on iOS to make it easier to send us bugs and feedback. Simply tap the chat button in the top right to chat with the team, send a bug report, or browse our documentation.

Improvements ✨

  • Make note optional when creating a new contact on desktop
  • Clarify the “New Person” view and what information to enter (more to come here!)
  • Properly align bullets in sidebar contact moments
  • Improved speed on multiple screens, particularly long pages and the Today view
  • More accurate “sources” information / sentences that are now consistent between iOS and Desktop
  • When adding a contact manually, we now redirect to the profile page
  • Refresh Today and Explore when reopening Clay on desktop / web after it was backgrounded
  • Add favicon for web (finally!)
  • Hide Moments in a user’s own profile view
  • Display year in news feed items if the article is from a year other than the current one

Fixes 🛠

  • Fixed swipe view on iOS to prevent “sticking” to the side
  • Fixed swipe haptics firing when there isn’t an action to take
  • Fixed an issue with the search blur header on smaller iOS devices
  • Added Moments on iOS for contacts created via iMessage on Desktop
  • Remove rendering artifacts from badge icons that were visible in Light Mode
  • Fixed social icons not rendering from aggressive Ad Block settings
  • Fixed error with hashtags and mentions in notes
  • Fixed bug in onboarding booklet on desktop for smaller accounts
  • Fixed bug when displaying notes that were previously deleted on a different device
  • Fixed bug that would create empty groups when visiting a group that had previously been deleted
  • When contact profile is empty, clicking on action buttons in the profile view now works as expected
  • Fixed bug in Safari that would cause blank duplicate groups to be created
  • Fixed bug in iOS 15 that would cause app to crash when editing birthdays
  • Fixed rendering error in new note view on Mac

Introducing: Clay's iMessage integration

August 16, 2021

iMessage Integration

• Many Clay members use iMessage to communicate with close colleagues and friends. iMessage is where new people become professional acquaintances, and professional acquaintances become personal friends.

Today, we’re excited to debut a magical, first-of-its-kind iMessage integration that adds the most important people in your life to Clay.

Because of the complexity of this integration, we’re releasing it as a technical preview first so you can provide feedback. A few important questions to answer:

1. How do I get started?

Download Clay for Mac, or quit and reopen it if it’s already installed. Then go to Settings > Add iMessage, and follow the onscreen instructions. You’ll be prompted to allow access to Contacts, enable full disk access, and then your contacts will sync within a few seconds.

2. Who will Clay import from my iMessage?

Everyone, mostly. Clay excludes non-people like shortcodes, and merges with existing people where there’s high confidence that people are the same. As with other integrations, more relevant people will be surfaced more often in Clay so you shouldn’t need to remove people even if you haven’t talked to them in a while. Lastly, Clay will enrich phone numbers where possible, will use the name from your contacts if none is found, and will show just the phone number otherwise.

3. Does Clay import the content of my messages?

Emphatically, no. We’ve added our iMessage integration to our comprehensive privacy and security policy so you can get the full details, but Clay specifically never reads or uploads the contents of messages.

4. Why is this integration only available on Clay’s Mac app?

Apple, unfortunately, doesn’t offer an API or SDK for iMessage, so the simplest and most secure way for us to offer this integration is on a Mac.

5. Why does Clay ask for full disk access?

One of our core philosophies with any integration is to ask for the minimum number of permissions or information necessary to make the experience magical. Recent versions of macOS restrict access to iMessage data, so the only way for Clay to integrate with iMessage is to have full disk access — there’s no more restrictive access we can ask for, but if this ever changes we’ll modify the integration accordingly.

6. Will this negatively affect my iMessage? Will Clay send messages on my behalf?

No, and no. The integration is read-only, so it can’t affect your iMessage at all. And you can always remove the integration (and/or any data it imported to your account) in Settings.

We can’t wait for you to get started! Send us your feedback over email, or (appropriately) over iMessage.

Delegated access, and other improvements

August 3, 2021

Delegated access

• Many Clay members have asked us if we can add an executive assistant, chief of staff, or someone else who they trust to their account. Now, you can do so yourself in Settings — simply enter someone’s email address and that person will receive a short-lived magic link to log in. You can revoke access at any time and the person will be automatically logged out.

Improvements ✨

  • Allow note text selection when in read-only mode
  • Warn if there are unsaved changes before leaving an edited contact profile or group
  • Save lists on enter on desktop
  • Rescore contacts after a merge so they’re properly ranked in search

Fixes 🛠

  • Fixed issue that prevented profile images from LinkedIn from appearing correctly
  • Fixed error when trying to paste an empty clipboard into the text editor
  • Fixed issue with gradients in newer browsers
  • Fixed a type error that was causing part of the group header to not render
  • Correctly themed the “add source” input that was missed when adding Light Mode

Light mode, Outlook email support, and more

June 30, 2021


Light mode

• We originally designed Clay with a darker user interface that beautifully emphasizes people — their faces, names, and notes. Now, we bring that same attention to detail to a lighter theme for Clay that looks equally gorgeous across desktop, web, and iOS. Every icon has been carefully remastered for light mode, every line of text recalibrated for readability. And this is just the start — we’ll have several other themes coming in the next few releases. We can’t wait for you to try them.

Office 365, Outlook, and Exchange email support

• For Clay members who use Microsoft accounts for calendar, you can now connect your email account as well.

Improvements ✨

  • Prompt before leaving with unsaved changes on desktop
  • CMD+enter to save forms on desktop
  • Save lists on enter on desktop

Fixes 🛠

  • Fixed issue with blank birthdays
  • Properly display whitespace in bio field
  • Fixed issue with duplicate / blank groups being created on web

Related people in notes, birthday reminders, and more

June 10, 2021


Related people in notes

• When taking notes, you often need to mention other people: who you were introduced by, friends in common, colleagues who came up in conversation. Now, you can mention another person in notes to form relationships between different people in Clay. Simply type @ and then the name of the person, and you’ll see that person show up under the new “Related People” section. And since relationships are bidirectional, each person will show up under the other’s “Related People”.


Birthday reminders

• Another frequently-requested feature, you can now add birthdays to someone’s profile. The person will show up in the Explore view on their birthday, and you’ll even get a push notification if you have them turned on.

Command bar in search

• You can now use the command bar while searching, so taking notes, adding to groups, editing, and more common actions are faster than ever.

Change your preferred email

• If you want to receive these update emails or the daily and weekly briefs at a different email address than the one we chose, you can now change that in Settings.

Faster group editing

• You can now add and remove people from groups on desktop without an explicit save step, so the grouping experience is more streamlined than ever.

Improvements ✨

  • Added a quarterly option to Reminders
  • Improved desktop app speed and responsiveness
  • Improved speed to process updates from Twitter
  • Better handling of Twitter errors
  • New waitlist and onboarding flow for new members
  • Show line breaks and whitespace in bio field
  • Ability to tab through interface on desktop
  • Ability to use escape key to exit out of new person view

Fixes 🛠

  • Fixed copy+paste on desktop when text contained line breaks
  • Fixed a crash when editing contacts on iOS
  • Fixed an issue with Sign in with Apple on iOS
  • Fixed display of welcome email styling in Superhuman and Hey
  • Fixed bug that would cause search to be unresponsive on desktop
  • Reversed j and k keys when navigating the Today view

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