Introducing Dive rooms — your team's personal hangout space

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Divya Murugesan
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December 16, 2021
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It's become a remote world where we "meet" all day long on Zoom, Google meets, and other video conferencing tools. And stay superficially "connected" on Slack, Workplace, and the rest. It's time to build deeper human connections, meaningful social relationships, and inject fun back into your work life with Dive rooms.

Dive rooms are video rooms for your team to get together and hang out. Play games, watch videos, chat, use emoticons and sounds, have white-boarding sessions, and bond together over fun activities.

The idea behind a Dive room is to bring the familiarity of Slack channels to video. At the same time reward serendipity, free-flowing conversations, and a strong social bond.

A Dive room is similar to a Slack channel or a WhatsApp group, in the sense that it's a space for your tribe to hang out. But, it's more powerful than your Slack channels. The connections you make in Dive rooms are a lot stronger and the conversations are highly interactive and fun. Also, here the medium is video chat and not messaging, so it's way more personal.

Getting Started with Rooms

The power of Dive rooms is that it allows for authentic team bonding — something that's not insisted or forced top-down. Anyone from your team can start a Dive room to hang out with anyone within the team or within the org.

Rooms can be either private — only visible to you. Or public — visible to everyone in your team.

By default, your home page has seven Dive rooms to start with — Socials, Virtual Games, New hire onboarding, Birthdays, Daily meetings, One-on-ones, and Watch Party. These Dive rooms are tailor-made for those specific events or meetings. You can find activities relevant to the events when you enter these specific rooms.

You can either start any of these existing rooms and invite people or join an existing live room to join your peers.

At any point, anyone can create rooms based on what kind of space they want for building connections (similar to Slack channels).

Anyone in the team can choose to create their own rooms if they don't find a relevant room in the existing space.

You can create rooms based on the following themes:

  • Based on activities — Fun Friday, Social, One-on-ones, Daily meeting, Stand-up, Retrospective etc.
  • Based on interests — Travel, Food, Music, etc.
  • Name of your teams — Android team, Marketing, Design, Sales, Engineering, Customer support
  • Rooms can also be totally random based on gang names, hobbies, and a bunch of other things. Think of these similar to slack channels.
  • Your own space — You can also have your own Dive room with your name. Any time you want to hop in to have a catch-up with someone or a one-on-one, you can invite people to your private room.

From watercooler conversations to company rituals

Dive rooms are great for serendipitous, planned hangouts, and everything in-between.

You can join any active room to have drop-in chats with whoever is online. Bring your watercooler conversations back to life by getting into a Dive room and nudging whoever is available. You can jump between multiple rooms and join different conversations at any point. It's like a live party. You can switch between rooms to be part of different stories at once.

Not all conversations on Dive need to be serendipitous. You can host your planned rituals here too — Socials, weekly retrospectives, daily meetings, virtual lunch breaks, etc. Scheduling a ritual on Dive automatically creates a room and links it to the scheduled ritual.

Dive rooms are for everything in between serendipitous catch-ups and rituals — one-time meetings and planned catch-ups that are not rituals, like one-on-ones, onboarding, game nights, creative jamming, hackahons, and so on. You can invite people to such planned, one-time meetings by replacing the existing meeting link on the calendar invite with a Dive room link or directly invite them from Dive.

A gazillion things to do in a Dive room

Dive rooms are meant for teams to bond, socialize and have fun doing things together. You can do a bunch of fun things every time you get into a Dive room based on your team size and mood.

Play. Chill. Have fun

Dive has over 50+ games to pick from. You have popular team building games like Draw party, Truth and Dare, Code names, Scatterlist, Last word, Voting game, icebreakers like Two truths and one lie, party games like Poker, Ludo, Cards against formality, etc.

Dive rooms can be a space for unabashed ideation. With whiteboard to ideate and Things to talk about to act as conversation prompts whenever there's an awkward silence.

One of the most popular activities to do in a Dive room is to host YouTube watch parties with your colleagues. You can either learn together, watch something fun together, or have a playlist while working.

Smile, ROFL, and react away 😊🥳🔥🙃🙌🎊🤩😜

Make your video chat more fun and interactive with emoticons and sounds. Emoticons and sounds are a great way to encourage everyone's participation. We believe that emoticons > words. Especially in cases where we need to get everyone's buy in, emoticons are a great way of showing your approval or disagreement without having to spend too much time. Emoticons and sounds are one of the reasons why meetings on Dive are a lot more engaging and interactive as opposed to other tools.

A space for your virtual clubs

Rooms are a great way to help people connect on common interests. You can bring your off-work clubs to life on Dive. Create separate rooms for different clubs like Bookclub, Travel, Parents, Women-in-tech, Side projects, Toastmasters, etc. You can have fireside chats on a regular basis and share stories on common topics. You can also socialize with like-minded people by playing different activities. Discussions can be in an interview format using conversational prompts.

Inviting people to your Dive room

A Dive room can have up to 30 people right now. We are actively working on increasing the room limit to 100. So watch this space for more updates.

Via email

Once you create or start a room, you can invite more people by clicking on Invite people button and add the email IDs of people you'd like to invite. Alternatively, you can copy the link and send it to people via email.

Via Slack

You can use the command /dive to start a room. By pinging /dive to an individual you can start a room with that individual. You can invite people in a particular channel by linking a Slack channel to Dive. Dive sends automatic notifications to the channel whenever someone is using the room and others can join in.

Via Dive

You can directly nudge people by clicking on 👋. Whoever is active will be notified. These nudges can be sent to Slack as a message by integrating Dive with Slack.

Via calendar

The easiest way to invite people is to add a Dive link as your meeting link to a calendar invite. People can join your meeting on Dive with a single click.

Your data belongs to you

Anything that happens in your Dive room stays within the group. We take privacy very seriously and do not store any of your data. After every Dive session, walk out with memories not loss of privacy.

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Introducing Dive rooms — your team's personal hangout space

Divya Murugesan
December 15, 2021

It's become a remote world where we "meet" all day long on Zoom, Google meets, and other video conferencing tools. And stay superficially "connected" on Slack, Workplace, and the rest. It's time to build deeper human connections, meaningful social relationships, and inject fun back into your work life with Dive rooms.

Dive rooms are video rooms for your team to get together and hang out. Play games, watch videos, chat, use emoticons and sounds, have white-boarding sessions, and bond together over fun activities.

The idea behind a Dive room is to bring the familiarity of Slack channels to video. At the same time reward serendipity, free-flowing conversations, and a strong social bond.

A Dive room is similar to a Slack channel or a WhatsApp group, in the sense that it's a space for your tribe to hang out. But, it's more powerful than your Slack channels. The connections you make in Dive rooms are a lot stronger and the conversations are highly interactive and fun. Also, here the medium is video chat and not messaging, so it's way more personal.

Getting Started with Rooms

The power of Dive rooms is that it allows for authentic team bonding — something that's not insisted or forced top-down. Anyone from your team can start a Dive room to hang out with anyone within the team or within the org.

Rooms can be either private — only visible to you. Or public — visible to everyone in your team.

By default, your home page has seven Dive rooms to start with — Socials, Virtual Games, New hire onboarding, Birthdays, Daily meetings, One-on-ones, and Watch Party. These Dive rooms are tailor-made for those specific events or meetings. You can find activities relevant to the events when you enter these specific rooms.

You can either start any of these existing rooms and invite people or join an existing live room to join your peers.

At any point, anyone can create rooms based on what kind of space they want for building connections (similar to Slack channels).

Anyone in the team can choose to create their own rooms if they don't find a relevant room in the existing space.

You can create rooms based on the following themes:

  • Based on activities — Fun Friday, Social, One-on-ones, Daily meeting, Stand-up, Retrospective etc.
  • Based on interests — Travel, Food, Music, etc.
  • Name of your teams — Android team, Marketing, Design, Sales, Engineering, Customer support
  • Rooms can also be totally random based on gang names, hobbies, and a bunch of other things. Think of these similar to slack channels.
  • Your own space — You can also have your own Dive room with your name. Any time you want to hop in to have a catch-up with someone or a one-on-one, you can invite people to your private room.

From watercooler conversations to company rituals

Dive rooms are great for serendipitous, planned hangouts, and everything in-between.

You can join any active room to have drop-in chats with whoever is online. Bring your watercooler conversations back to life by getting into a Dive room and nudging whoever is available. You can jump between multiple rooms and join different conversations at any point. It's like a live party. You can switch between rooms to be part of different stories at once.

Not all conversations on Dive need to be serendipitous. You can host your planned rituals here too — Socials, weekly retrospectives, daily meetings, virtual lunch breaks, etc. Scheduling a ritual on Dive automatically creates a room and links it to the scheduled ritual.

Dive rooms are for everything in between serendipitous catch-ups and rituals — one-time meetings and planned catch-ups that are not rituals, like one-on-ones, onboarding, game nights, creative jamming, hackahons, and so on. You can invite people to such planned, one-time meetings by replacing the existing meeting link on the calendar invite with a Dive room link or directly invite them from Dive.

A gazillion things to do in a Dive room

Dive rooms are meant for teams to bond, socialize and have fun doing things together. You can do a bunch of fun things every time you get into a Dive room based on your team size and mood.

Play. Chill. Have fun

Dive has over 50+ games to pick from. You have popular team building games like Draw party, Truth and Dare, Code names, Scatterlist, Last word, Voting game, icebreakers like Two truths and one lie, party games like Poker, Ludo, Cards against formality, etc.

Dive rooms can be a space for unabashed ideation. With whiteboard to ideate and Things to talk about to act as conversation prompts whenever there's an awkward silence.

One of the most popular activities to do in a Dive room is to host YouTube watch parties with your colleagues. You can either learn together, watch something fun together, or have a playlist while working.

Smile, ROFL, and react away 😊🥳🔥🙃🙌🎊🤩😜

Make your video chat more fun and interactive with emoticons and sounds. Emoticons and sounds are a great way to encourage everyone's participation. We believe that emoticons > words. Especially in cases where we need to get everyone's buy in, emoticons are a great way of showing your approval or disagreement without having to spend too much time. Emoticons and sounds are one of the reasons why meetings on Dive are a lot more engaging and interactive as opposed to other tools.

A space for your virtual clubs

Rooms are a great way to help people connect on common interests. You can bring your off-work clubs to life on Dive. Create separate rooms for different clubs like Bookclub, Travel, Parents, Women-in-tech, Side projects, Toastmasters, etc. You can have fireside chats on a regular basis and share stories on common topics. You can also socialize with like-minded people by playing different activities. Discussions can be in an interview format using conversational prompts.

Inviting people to your Dive room

A Dive room can have up to 30 people right now. We are actively working on increasing the room limit to 100. So watch this space for more updates.

Via email

Once you create or start a room, you can invite more people by clicking on Invite people button and add the email IDs of people you'd like to invite. Alternatively, you can copy the link and send it to people via email.

Via Slack

You can use the command /dive to start a room. By pinging /dive to an individual you can start a room with that individual. You can invite people in a particular channel by linking a Slack channel to Dive. Dive sends automatic notifications to the channel whenever someone is using the room and others can join in.

Via Dive

You can directly nudge people by clicking on 👋. Whoever is active will be notified. These nudges can be sent to Slack as a message by integrating Dive with Slack.

Via calendar

The easiest way to invite people is to add a Dive link as your meeting link to a calendar invite. People can join your meeting on Dive with a single click.

Your data belongs to you

Anything that happens in your Dive room stays within the group. We take privacy very seriously and do not store any of your data. After every Dive session, walk out with memories not loss of privacy.

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Divya Murugesan
December 15, 2021
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