Have you ever noticed that the hardest part of doing any type of group collaboration is getting people together in one place at the same time? Or how much time it takes to make sure all your new team members get added into the correct conversations where they’re needed? Wouldn’t it be great if you could automate it a little bit more? Fleep is now here to ease the pain with a new feature: Conversation link.
Conversation link allows you to make a conversation accessible for people who you yourself have not yet added to the conversation. Once you enable this setting you get a link which you can share with anyone you want to take part in the conversation. Spread it around and shorten the time you’d usually need to add everyone into the conversation one by one. Once you’re done or no longer want anyone extra to join in on a conversation, you can disable the setting. From there on the conversation members themselves can decide who they wish to add into a chat.
In it’s essence the feature works in a very simple way – 1) create a chat (or use a current one you have) 2) enable conversation sharing in the Conversation Settings and 3) share the conversation link with the people you want to have a conversation with.
Getting the right team members into the correct conversations
Ok, you could ask now why would one need it when you’re just having conversation with a few people at a time? Fair question, in those cases you don’t. But imagine this reality…
You have a team of 20 people and are running in parallel 30-40 different conversations, each with a different set of team members, different topics, different discussions. Now, if a new person joins your team, what’s the easiest way of getting him or her into the correct team conversations?
Here’s a solution that we as a team use in Fleep:
- Step 1: Create the team conversations and enable Sharing in the Conversation Settings tab for all of them.
- Step 2: List all the conversation links on a Pinboard which is in a chat where all your team members are always added (let’s call it the Most Important Chat). Alternatively you can create the list in some other shared space as well, but we’re using Pinboards (dogfooding, you know!)
- Step 3: When a new person joins the team, add him or her only to the Most Important Chat and point him or her to the list of conversation links. Now this person can choose to join whichever conversation is needed.
- Step 4: Sit back and relax!
Alternative use cases for Conversation links
Another example where conversation links will prove to be useful is in the education field. Imagine that you’re a course lecturer and need a communication channel for all your course students. This could be a place where they can ask questions or share comments or collaborate as a group. For that purpose conversation link works great! You just need to share the link in the beginning of the course and disable the access to the conversation once all the right people are in the conversation. Why not create a QR code out of this link to makes matters easier in the smartphone era and post it on your slides or at the lecture room door.
Is there a limit to how many people can join a Fleep conversation?
Good question! Yes, there is a 200 person limit for a Fleep conversation. Although we have yet to see a conversation this big, we’d imagine that now this could become a reality. We’ll keep a close eye on this and try to adjust that limit in the future if needed.
We hope that these tips and tricks will help you setup your team conversations faster and if you have any tips yourself to share with the community don’t hesitate to share them with us on our social channels (Twitter, Facebook). We’re all ears when it comes to feedback!