Have you ever had writer’s block? If you’re like nearly everyone else, the answer is probably yes! It happens to just about everyone, and despite being a completely normal issue for anyone who writes often, it can reduce your confidence and your productivity. If you want to boost both of those—and you should!—it’s time to look into some tools that can get rid of writer’s block once and for all. In particular, it’s time to check out Textio Flow. What is it and how does it work? Here’s what you need to know about augmented writing.
Textio Flow is an augmented writing tool, meaning it’s a piece of technology that can help you write. Do I have your interest now? If writing is a big part of your workday, Textio Flow can save you time and effort, because all you have to do is type a few words, and then press the tab button to let the program complete your thoughts. Basically, this tool can transform a simple idea of a few words into a full expression of thoughts consisting of several sentences or even a whole paragraph.
So far, Textio Flow is mostly aimed at helping businesses write job descriptions. But it will soon be expanded to help professionals write emails and more, through Textio’s assistant on LinkedIn and Gmail. If you’re puzzled about how technology can finish your sentences as you write job ads and more, you’re not alone. It’s a complex concept for sure—unless you’re already familiar with learning loops, since this is how Textio Flow works.
Textio Flow is a great example of a learning loop. So what does that mean? A learning loop uses data sets in tandem with machine learning to predict, suggest, and create the information you need. The data it uses is collected from a wide social network. For example, if you’ve ever used Waze to figure out the best way to get somewhere depending on traffic, you’ve used a learning loop. This is because Waze depends on information that users input before it can predict the best way for you to drive and estimate how long it will take you. The more people provide their data, the more accurate it is.
Textio Flow works similarly, but with writing instead of driving. As people use it to write, the learning loop keeps growing and improving its language skills, allowing it to predict the best, most effective words for you to use. At that point, it suggests the right words as you write, just as Waze suggests the best way to go while you’re on the road.
And like Waze, Textio Flow is constantly observing user behaviors and adapting to them to improve its results. So the phrases it suggested to you last month might update to become even more on point for you this week. It literally gets better every time you use it.
Of course, there will be instances in which you don’t think the words Textio Flow chose are the right ones. Maybe the augmented writing program didn’t quite read your mind this time. No problem. Just disregard the suggestion and continue putting your thoughts into your own words. Textio Flow will learn from this, too, as it will figure out that its suggestion didn’t work and will file that fact away for next time. So the more you use the program, the better your results will be.
Another way to improve your experience with Textio Flow is to type your ideas into the writing canvas, which will give the program a rough idea of where you’re going with your words. This way, the suggestions will be more accurate, since they’ll go off the context clues you’re giving. It’s kind of like putting the address of your destination into Waze. When you just put the city you’re going to, the app will help you get to the city boundaries. But if you put in the exact address, it will take you right to the front door of your destination.
Essentially, your behavior—the way you work with Textio Flow and how often you use it—will determine just how useful this tool is for you. So why not give it a try the next time you have to write some job descriptions or other business content? And be sure to let us know how it goes!