Branch Emerges From Beta and Opens to the Public With a Slew of New Features

Branch for all.

(Photo: Branch)

(Photo: Branch)

Conversation platform Branch announced in a post on its blog today that it is now out of invite-only beta and open to the public. With no more wait list, users can sign up immediately to start a conversation or group on Branch.

The startup also announced a host of new features, including the ability to highlight quotes in various branches as a way to reward positive feedback. “We think this serves two purposes,” wrote Branch cofounder Josh Miller. “Creating valuable feedback for writers by letting them know when something they write is great, and a helpful signal for other readers by making branches easier to skim.”

A new activity feed feature also allows users to see who is listening or watching a conversation they’re hosting or participating in. Sorry, y’all: no more anony eavesdropping.

Branch kicked off 2013 by moving out of Betaworks into its own office space on 23rd St. and 3rd Ave. Mr. Miller told Betabeat that the new office is serving as a coworking space for a veritable who’s who of New York tech, including “Amanda Peyton and the Grand St. crew, two ex-Foursquare employees doing a banking app, Anil Dash, Gina Trapani and Paul Ford.” Medium, the new blogging platform from Twitter founder (and Branch mentor) Ev Williams, will also host its content team out of the Branch HQ.