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New twine for Zoom App Makes Speed Networking Sessions Possible


Connected workforces are a hot topic across industries today. Business for all sizes have moved to remote work capacities at some point since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and many have either remained remote or are offering their employees a more hybrid work setup.

As these digital interactions and collaborations increase, so too does the need for new technologies and tools that allow remote employees to connect, engage and work together with other staff, regardless of their physical location.

twine, the provider of an employee connection platform that brings together remote and distributed teams has now launched a new app for Zoom “twine for Zoom” that it says will allow for better efficiency during business meetings. Its app is an extension of the popular “breakout rooms” offered by Zoom that allows meeting attendees to quickly gather in a private conversation before joining back with the rest of the call.

The new app now makes it possible to match attendees up for a timed “breakout” session. For hosts managing the meetings it reduces the time spent moving attendees into the separate sessions and bringing a fun and easy way to connect for participants.

The app also includes a virtual tables feature so attendees can easily move from breakout table to table.

“At twine we are obsessed with building software that drives serendipity and human connection; twine for Zoom makes building connections among your Zoom attendees as easy as tapping a button,” said twine CEO and Co-Founder Lawrence Coburn.

twine is itself a completely remote company and understands the urgent need for collaboration tools that offer employees the same experiences they have in an office setting. The new app was built to make it possible for users to have timed meeting sessions for whatever reasons they require.

“We’ve built twine for Zoom to enable many, many use cases,” said twine co-founder and Head of Product Taylor McLoughlin. “Some of the use cases we are seeing in early testing are speed networking at virtual events, new employee onboarding to distributed teams, and all hands / team meetings.”

In addition to its matchmaking modes, twine for Zoom also offers a map mode that allows Zoom hosts to spin up customized virtual tables that appear in your Zoom meeting’s sidebar; Zoom meeting attendees can join a virtual table simply by tapping, and are free to move from table to table.

Edited by Erik Linask

Future of Work Contributor

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