Pinboards: to pin or not to pin?

Fleep pinboards and how to use themFor most people the word “pinboard” associates with a board covered with cork fixed to a wall so that messages and pictures can be pinned onto it for display. In Fleep the concept is not much different, we’ve created the concept of virtual Pinboard to clip important messages, leave notes, create checklists and figure out what still needs to get done and share it with the conversation members.

In its essence Pinboards help to collaborate. As the pins are conversation specific and open to every member of the group it creates better visibility as well open discussions and organic team work. Everyone in the conversation can pin, edit and unpin the pinned messages, they’re shared and open to everyone!

How to pin, edit and unpin messages to Pinboard?

pin messages fleepGetting the important information bits pinned to a Pinboard is simple, all you need to do is right-click on a message in a conversation and choose Pin from the message action menu. That will add the message as a digital sticky-note to your Pinboard of the particular chat you’re currently in.

To unpin a message from the Pinboard you need to click on the Pinboard icon button on the panel on the right-hand side of the conversation, right-click on the pin and choose Unpin from the list.

You can also Edit your pins! This allows you to add or remove information from your pin if you should wish to do so. The pins belong to the conversation and therefore anyone in the conversation can Edit or Unpin the pins if they should want to.

fleep pinboardThe date, time and author of the pin (visible in the end of a pin) is based on the person who pinned the message or who was the last person to edit it.

The pins are listed on the Pinboard in the order they were added (the latest one is pinned to the top). Furthermore, you can also include files in the pins.

Why use Pinboards?

Pinned messages stored to the Pinboard can easily be used for different purposes. We’ve used Pinboards to keep track of bugs, holiday schedules, weekly tasklists, upcoming events and plans, backlog items, important links, notes to self and to the team. Where and how really depends on the conversation topic and context.

But enough about us, we’re curious to know how you’re using Pinboards. Share your thoughts and ideas with us in Twitter or Facebook!