What's New

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Stories

• 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 contatcts 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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.






Reconnect

March 28, 2022

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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

December 21, 2021

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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

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Starred

• 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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

 

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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

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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

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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

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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”.

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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





Editing improvements

April 22, 2021

Adding and removing contact info

• You can now add and remove contact information like email addresses, phone numbers, and more, directly to a profile.

Adding profile images

• On desktop, web, and iOS, you can now add a profile image for your own profile and anyone else you have in Clay.

Adding or changing a LinkedIn

• If information is missing or incorrect on someone’s profile, it’s likely due to a missing or incorrect LinkedIn URL. If you add a LinkedIn URL to a profile that doesn’t have one, Clay will populate information based off it. And if you change a LinkedIn URL that we got wrong, we’ll update it with the new information.

Clearing a profile

• If Clay pulled incorrect information on someone, you can now clear a profile in one tap so you can start fresh and enter the correct details.

Desktop performance

• Using Clay on desktop and web is now 2-5x faster on various common screens, and more reliable when saving notes or updating information.

Reorganized edit view

• And finally, all the profile fields are now helpfully organized into a few sections that make it easier than ever to change something quickly.

Improvements ✨

  • Better keyboard navigation in inbox view on desktop
  • Faster updating of contacts after changes on iOS and desktop
  • Confirm any unsaved changes before dismissing on iOS
  • Better error states and alert messages on desktop
  • Smoother animations on desktop
  • Various fixes for Safari

Fixes 🛠

  • Many (*many*) improvements to new account import speed and reliability
  • Allow creating new people on iOS without a note
  • Fixed an issue where search results appeared out of order on web/desktop (most often for international users)
  • Fixed a crash when editing a contact from an event group
  • Fixed the contact view not presenting views or alerts in some scenarios
  • Fixed issue that would lead to duplicate notes when refreshing a page immediately after saving a note





iOS Widgets and Daily Brief

March 19, 2021

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iOS Widgets

• Beautiful new Clay widgets let you organize and personalize your iOS home screen. Customize your widgets, choose from three different sizes, and arrange them any way you like — Clay widgets let you see the newest and most important people in your life, without ever opening Clay.

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Daily Brief

• Clay’s weekly digest is a summary of the people in your life and their major updates — news articles, job changes, moving cities. Now, you can receive a curated summary of the people you’re meeting each day, sent first thing in the morning. See their latest tweets, news articles, and your last meeting with them so you’re prepared for the day. Disabled by default, the daily brief can be enabled in Settings under “Notifications”.

Improved person data

• Clay now has improved education, employment, and location data on over 10 million people. You’ll see those improvements reflected on profiles immediately

Improvements ✨

  • Improved search tab design on iOS
  • Allow saving a group with just a title
  • Add swipe from left to go back a screen on profile tab in iOS

Fixes 🛠

  • Remove duplicate news stories from Explore feed
  • Fixed bug that accidentally hid some items from Explore that should have been displayed
  • Fixed bug related to unsubscribing from weekly digest emails





Groups

January 29, 2021

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Groups

• Every Clay member keeps in touch with different groups of friends and colleagues: former co-workers, friends from college, people to see in a new city. Now, you can create groups of people within Clay to better organize the people in your life. Groups show up in the sidebar on web or desktop, and on the new profile page on iOS. Groups are private to you, and we’ll be adding the ability to share groups and set reminders per-group soon.

Archive Accounts

• If you’re changing jobs and want to keep your contacts and moments in Clay, you can now archive a connected email or calendar account to remove it. Archiving keeps all your data from that account but stops syncing moving forward, while deleting an account will remove any contacts or moments created via that account.

 

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Support for M1 Powered Macs

• Clay is now optimized for M1-powered Macs, meaning search, keyboard shortcuts, and animations are even faster and more responsive. If you have a new Macbook Air, Pro, or Mac Mini, you can download it here.

Improvements ✨

  • Subscription receipts now open correctly
  • Improved speed and reliability of LinkedIn imports

Fixes 🛠

  • “Updating” banners now only show up once
  • Various fixes for contacts with empty or incomplete education, employment, or website fields





Clay + Linkedin

January 14, 2021

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LinkedIn

• Many Clay members have professional connections on LinkedIn, but using LinkedIn is less than enjoyable to say the least. Now, you can import your LinkedIn connections so you can take notes, set reminders, and search in Clay alongside everyone else you know.

A few details:

  • Clay’s search ranks people according to relevance, so you don’t need to worry if you’ve connected with a bunch of people on LinkedIn whom you don’t actually know — they’ll just appear lower in search, unless they’re a good match for your search terms.
  • Clay will deduplicate contacts where possible, so if you’ve connected with someone on LinkedIn who you’ve also met, they’ll only show up once.
  • To protect your privacy, this LinkedIn integration is only available on the iOS app for now, and requires that you keep the app open until the import is completed (usually a few minutes, depending on how many connections you have).
  • Clay never has access to your LinkedIn credentials during this process, and doesn’t do anything on your behalf except pull your list of connections. All processing happens on your device.
  • Unlike Clay’s email, calendar, and Twitter integrations, LinkedIn is a one-time import — so you’ll need to redo the process to pull in new connections.

Improvements ✨

  • Improved search scrolling performance on iOS
  • Improved speed and reliability of batch data jobs like importing accounts

Fixes 🛠

  • Fixed sorting of Today view
  • Re-enabled spellcheck when taking notes on desktop and web





Today, Reimagined

December 3, 2020

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Brand-new Today View

• As we’ve brought on new members and added new integrations, it was clear that the Today view should represent all your relationships for a given day—from calendar, email, Twitter—and make it easier for you to be thoughtful with those people by taking notes, setting reminders, and more.

We’re thrilled to present the new Today view—a more beautiful and simple way to remember the people you see each day. You’ll now see people you’re meeting today, in addition to new people brought into Clay from your email. Reminders you’ve set now show up in Today as well. On any person, you can swipe left to mark them as done, or swipe right to review them—take a note, set a reminder, and more to come. And if you want to clear the Today view all at once, tap the double checkmark button in the top right.

Additionally, you can customize which people appear in Settings. You can filter out recurring meetings or people you’re closest with, so you see as many or as few people as you want.

This reimagining of Today is the next step of presenting the right person to you at the right time, and making it as easy as possible to be thoughtful with them.

Improvements ✨

  • Improved pagination and loading of Explore view
  • Improved processing speed of new user accounts
  • Mac app now saves window size
  • iOS Spotlight search results now display avatars

Fixes 🛠

  • Better handling of Google errors for users with large Gmail accounts
  • Fixed speech-to-text indicator for voice notes
  • Fixed notifications for users with new phones restored via backup
  • Fixed compose note view to allow saving just a reminder, without a note
  • Fixed unsubscribe link in weekly digest email





Markdown notes, iOS spotlight search, and more

October 8, 2020

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Markdown notes

• You can now format your notes however you want using standard markdown—we initially support headings, bulleted lists, numbered lists, and bold/italics. We’ll add buttons and a few more exciting features here next, but we wanted to share it with you as soon as possible!

Data quality and accuracy

• We’ve backfilled hundreds of thousands of profiles with employment and education coverage in the past week, and will continue to improve our data coverage and accuracy.

iOS Spotlight search

• As you view and search people in Clay, those shared results will be made available when you search natively on your phone.

 

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Siri Suggestions

• Siri now learns your routines and will suggest actions that you might want to do in Clay. This functionality is controlled by iOS, and will enable Siri to provide you with shortcuts for things you do often, or at a particular time of day.

 

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Add and remove sections

• You can now add and remove employment, education, websites, and locations across all profiles on iOS, web, and desktop.

Improvements ✨

  • Faster overall performance (especially with animations) on iOS 14
  • Tapping note timestamps on desktop shows both created and modified times
  • Setting reminders with custom dates using plain English works in desktop (including with times!)

Fixes 🛠

  • A lot *(a lot)* of iOS 14 fixes
  • Better feedback after editing profiles on iOS and web
  • Request Zapier key on desktop now works
  • Arrow up and down to scroll on Explore and Contact pages
  • Keyboard shortcut “n” for new note now makes the note field active so you can start typing immediately
  • Better feedback after editing profiles on iOS and web





Instant edits, autosaving notes, and more

August 20, 2020

Instant edits

• You can now edit information about people and see your changes immediately. Clay will still work behind the scenes to verify and ensure that we keep improving the quality of information

Autosaving notes

• Losing unsaved work is never a great feeling—which is why we’re introducing automatic saving to our desktop experience. We’ve got you covered: your most important thoughts are always safe and secure. (Thanks to Andrew P., John E., and many others for suggesting.)

Improvements ✨

  • Improved news coverage for thousands of contacts
  • Remove duplicate news articles from syndicated news sources
  • Better empty states for onboarding booklet

Fixes 🛠

  • Tapping note notifications now correctly opens the right screen
  • Request Zapier key on desktop now works





Introducing Clay Desktop

July 7, 2020

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Clay Desktop

• Take notes, add people, and browse Explore from your desktop with Clay for Mac. Plus, navigate quickly via the command bar by typing K or view all keyboard shortcuts by typing ?

Clay Web

• If you’re on Windows or want to use Clay in your browser, just visit web.clay.earth

Fixes 🛠

  • Fix for Okta login (thanks Vipin C.)





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