When we started Fleep, we decided that we wouldn’t be taking the usual approach to presence with little green and red buttons that show who’s online and offline. Nowadays, everyone is always online, but rarely around, so it makes little sense to have it as a feature. But we noticed some other important presence features to implement that are useful.
From time to time, you wonder if messages written in a conversation have already been read or if someone is already writing a reply on the other end of the line. Sometimes, you just want to know when others were last active!
To solve these sticky situations, we’d like to introduce a couple of new features:
A dotted animation in the chat window, on top of the message entry area, that indicates that other chat participants are typing a reply. This will be handy when you find yourself in a heated conversation with your buddies.
Seen by indicator
For those moments when you need to know who of your chat buddies is on the same page as you are. The seen by indicator is an easy chat message divider that allows you to see who has already read all the messages in a chat and to what extent.
Last Seen info
We’ve also added an extra bit of information to the user profiles. When you open a conversation members list, it reveals when members were last seen in Fleep.
What if I don’t want to show my presence to anyone?
No worries, we’ve thought about that too. You can turn these nifty little features off any time you like, just open Account preferences and untick the box Show my presence status to other users.
If you untick the setting, you’ll turn off all notifications for presence: Writing Indicator, Seen By Indicator as well as Last Seen information.
Here’s a quick video guide of the Fleep presence features:
If you feel like we’re still missing something, feel free to give us feedback or share your feature requests. We’ll be glad to chat with you in Fleep Support chat!