New Features Launched Today: Improved Check-Ins

New Features Launched Today: Improved Check-Ins

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Before we get to the new features, let’s think about the importance of checking-in.

One of the most powerful features of rTribe is the ease of checking-in. Daily check-ins help you in the following ways:

  • Track your sobriety. Gone are the days of forgetting when you last acted out, if you check-in.
  • Improved connection to your tribe. Now you don’t have to wonder how your accountability friends are doing, you can see their status anytime you open up the app.
  • Practice when it’s easy or tough. rTribe makes it easier to reach out when you’re triggered and when you aren’t.
  • Checking-in daily helps build self awareness. Taking time to reflect on how you feel and how you are doing can grow your emotional intelligence.

And now we are making checking-in better!updated check-in concept

We have added a few key improvements and new features to your check-in experience.

No more accidentally losing your sobriety

We redesigned the check-in and added a double-verification process so that you can’t accidentally tap that you acted out and lose your sobriety. This was a mistake in the design that we have improved. Now you simply tap Yes or No to whether or not you acted out that day, and then tap “Send” to complete and close the check-in.

Check-in Journal

Now you can include a little note every time you check-in. This is optional, but it gives you the ability to share your thoughts/feelings with your friends; Like what you are grateful for or what made the day difficult or go well.

Currently the check-in journal updates are public to all your friends. It’s for you to share your thoughts and feelings with your recovery community and should create a stronger group bond.

There is a 300 character limit to the check-in journal. However, it is more space than you might think to write about your day. If you want to write more you can always check-in multiple times in a row and keep writing.

Urge Level

Also during a check-in, you can set your Urge to Act Out Level as low, medium, or high. Sometimes we make it through the day sober but still experience a strong urge to act out. Now you can track this each time you check-in. This optional feature is a nice touch to give more nuance to your check-in experience.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PREMIUM USERS: Your Urge to Act Out Level and your Journal will be displayed on the feed for everyone in your tribe to see. If you are using rTribe as a leader, or have people set to ‘Acquaintance”, be aware that they WILL be able to see your urge level and your journals.

We know this is not ideal for every user and we are looking for ways to improve it in the future.

An invitation to vulnerability. We invite you to consider that by sharing your journal check-ins and your urge to act out level, will serve as an example of vulnerability to your tribe. We believe that healthy vulnerability is a powerful skill. Sharing appropriately during a check-in can show your tribe the good and the challenging aspects of your experience, strength, and hope. If you want to read more about this concept, read the impactful book “Gifts of Imperfection” by Brené Brown.

Feed Improvements

The feed at the bottom of the homescreen has been a little sparse don’t you think? From the beginning it has felt empty and we’ve been dreaming up how we can change that.

We’ve added in:

  • The Check-in Journal and Urge to Act Out Level
  • A button to be able to message your friends
  • And a button to quickly access their progress screens, so you can see more in depth statistics. (Premium Subscribers, where user is set to “Close Friend”).

It is also a simple tool way for you to use to quickly review how you and your friends have been doing.

New Affiliate ScreenAffiliate-screenshot-concept

There are many great recovery tribes. From 12 Step groups, to inpatient treatment centers and faith-based groups, which many of you are part of. We believe that finding healing in community is at the core of how transformation takes place. The opposite of addiction is connection, not sobriety. That’s why we’ve created a new affiliate screen.

You can access this Affiliates screen when registering a new account or by going to Settings, Profile Info, and tapping on Affiliates. Select which affiliate you are a part of today.

The future of affiliates. We have exciting ideas on building this feature out more in the future.

Today we simply want to know: What tribe are you a part of?

Ideally, in the future we have ideas to connect you with content and programs based on the affiliate you are a part of. We want to do that but the first step is to know who is in what kind of tribe so that we can make the most informed decisions.

If there is a significant tribe that you think we’ve missed, let us know at feedback@rtribe.org.

Improved Access to Progress Screen

Now you can quickly view your progress statistics by taping the progress button (the statistics icon) in the top right of the homescreen, next to the settings button (gear icon). This button also appears on all your friend’s profile screens. We have also added a progress button on the feed of everyone who has given you access to view their progress stats.

 

If you don’t have friends to help keep you accountable, and aren’t ready to tell someone you know, we can help. We can connect you with friends on rTribe. Read more here.

Transformation happens when you know and are known deeply by others.

Courageously choose transformation, and check-in honestly each day.

Stay connected,

Josh, Alex and the rTribe Team

5 Comments on “New Features Launched Today: Improved Check-Ins”

  1. I am really liking this new update. I love the idea of the check-in journal and urge level showing up on the feed below the home screen. By writing a quick note and indicating urge level when checking in, it has given me a better awareness of how I am feeling. Previously I sometimes thought, “Thank God I can check ‘No’ when it asks, ‘Did you act out since your last check in.'” I might have still been extremely vulnerable. I was just making it through the day sometimes. It was really a reactive response. Now it can be a more proactive one. I can already tell that using this app and being more vulnerable with my “tribe” will really help me in the long run if I use it right.

    I know the rTribe team probably has a lot of ideas and a vision for this app and the future, but I thought I would put in my two cents for some potential improvements. I am interested if anyone has strong opinions for or against these:

    1. All about that feed: So on the home screen, I love being able to see how everyone is doing at a glance. Are they checking in? Is anyone vulnerable with a high urge level? In my own experience, when I see someone check in, I don’t think to check their profile right away. Did they check in sober or have they acted out? I have to tap on my friends animal icon thing to see if they are maintaining sobriety. Its just one extra step, but with 8 of us in our group, I am not always checking everyone’s profile.

    With all of that said, my suggestion would be to have the feed display differently. Instead of just “John checked in,” it could say something like, “John maintained sobriety,” or “John acted out.” Does anyone have strong opinions on that? My first thought was it would be like a “stain” on my record for everyone to see, but it is really just about being honest and vulnerable. If I saw a string of “____ maintained sobriety,” I would start to build some confidence. Maybe it could display differently based on if the person is a friend, acquaintance, or close friend. It’s one small step, but I think it would make a difference.

    2. My own check-in journal: Maybe I’m just missing something, but can I access just my journal entries alone on one feed? If I tap one of my friends, I see just their activity (check-ins and triggered times) . But my entries are just interspersed among my friends’ entries on the home page. Maybe I am just missing a button. I kind of want to see just my journal entries. If this was put in place with my idea above, I could quickly scroll down and find the entry from the last time I acted out. If I added a little note I could maybe get a better understanding of my triggers. Again, thoughts?
    I hope that makes sense. If anyone else agrees or strongly disagrees with these, obviously join in the discussion. And if you have any other ideas, make yourself heard. This is a fairly new app and I am sure Josh and Alex would love input from actual users. As always, stay connected.

  2. Thanks, both are really well thought out suggestions and I’ll make sure they get to our product team. Also love that we’re helping with your recovery.

    I’ll make a few comments on both. 1) We thought long and hard about what to do when people act out. And came to the conclusion it would be best if people shared that themselves when they are ready vs us reporting it on their behalf. 2) We’re kind-of learning things as we put new features in the app, and this is definitely a great next step. We’re thinking about other ways to make it easier to consume as well.

  3. Great feedback A Triber!

    I appreciate the time you took to reflect and share what would make the check-in feed a better experience. It’s also great to hear you asking for ideas from other tribers!

    We will definitely take your feedback into consideration. I think they are solid ideas! As for your question about seeing only your own check-ins, no, we haven’t created that functionality yet. As it is, you can only view your check-ins mixed in with all your friends.

    Great to hear that the improvements we made in the feed have been so beneficial for you. Keep checking in, and we will keep working on what we can do to make rTribe better! Again, great feedback!

  4. Great feedback A Triber!

    I appreciate the time you took to reflect and share what would make the check-in feed a better experience. It’s also great to hear you asking for ideas from other tribers!

    We will definitely take your feedback into consideration. I think they are solid ideas! As for your question about seeing only your own check-ins, no, we haven’t created that functionality yet. As it is, you can only view your check-ins mixed in with all your friends.

    Great to hear that the improvements we made in the feed have been so beneficial for you. Keep checking in, and we will keep working on what we can do to make rTribe better! Again, great feedback!

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