This is an edited re-post from January this year which has replies from Zwift Admins saying that there was going to be a big feature change coming for riding with friends. It is now October and it seems like nothing has changed. Why oh why is it so hard to ride with a friend. I even was talking to him on Whats App and it still was difficult. There was about 300 people on the screen at any given time and I have no way of seeing him on the screen.
Come on Zwift. This is a basic function for a social MMO riding app that should already be part of something that I pay a monthly fee for. I just started using this app to ride with teammates and the first try for us to ride together yesterday was a complete cluster. No easy way to find other people on the list of 2500+ riders on the login screen. Oh wait, you have to open a PHONE app to friend people so they show up on your COMPUTER app? Well that’s just stupid.
There were 2 of us trying to ride together. We were able to join, select the same course, and drop in at the same location. It quickly went downhill from there. Once you get away from the your riding partner you have no idea how far ahead or behind your friends are. It is very frustrating. We were sort of able to stick together after we figured out the totally non-intuitive mobile app friend process. Riding with other people on Zwift should NOT be so hard. Here are some things that would improve the experience immensely.
Search for and find people you know right from the login screen. You know like a search bar. Like every other social app in the history of the internet has or at least have a friends section with people that you follow.
“Group Ride” creation feature. A button that says “Start a Group Ride”. You name the ride. Then your friends join that ride. Ride leader can boot random people that try to join. Then everyone on the group ride has a special flag above their head (beacon) so you can pick them out from the 100 other riders on your screen. They are also flagged on the little course map so you know who’s ahead and who’s behind if they fall off the group.
Riders list on the right side of the screen should have an options to show only your friends or group. That way you can catch up/slow down as needed to group back up if you get separated. That list is pretty worthless for group riding when there are 100’s of other random dudes around you.