Fleep features released in 2017

Fleep features

It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time to review how we did in 2017. Nope, we’re not going to tell you about how many cups of coffee we consumed or how many slices of cake we had per team member… Let’s just  say our CEO loves cake, and our CTO probably has coffee running in his veins instead of blood.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what Fleep features were released in the last 12 months.

  • Tasks 2.0 and Event Stream API – this entailed a thorough rewrite of our message flow and Taskboards, behind-the-scenes enhancements to Fleep Tasks. This also included some preparation work for the long-awaited My Tasks feature (more about that later…).
  • Fleep for Business – in 2017, we had a dedicated team working on everything Fleep for Business-related. We launched Fleep for Business in September, and then added some more functionalities in the months that followed.
  • Trello integration – this long-awaited integration can be used to send updates from Trello cards and lists to a Fleep conversation. Read more: Introducing the Trello integration in Fleep!
  • appear.in integration – we built an integration with appear.in so you could create and join audio-video calls directly from Fleep. Read more: Voice and video calling in Fleep now with appear.in.
  • appear.in integration 2.0 – then, we upgraded our appear.in integration so you can start a call with any specific appear.in room by using the command /call roomname.
  • Team labels 2.0 – we made some changes to how team labels work and how you can use them to organize your conversations. Since the launch of Fleep Teams, every team created is accompanied by a team label that is automatically added to all team conversations. Now, you can also add the label to any other conversation as well. Your conversations, your rules.
  • Left pane rewrite – we rewrote the left pane (conversation list on the desktop version), improving the desktop conversation list and moving all search in Fleep to the left pane. As a part of these changes, we also said our farewell to the All Conversations view in the web app.
  • “New messages” animation – we introduced this animation to indicate when new messages have been marked as read.
  • Linux app – yes, Fleep for Linux was signed, sealed, delivered in 2017.
  • Mobile label management – labels help you organize your conversations in Fleep. This year, we made it possible to add and remove labels on the Android and iOS apps!
  • Server infrastructure reorganization – we split our servers onto more separate VMs, to better serve increasing server load.
  • Android push notifications 2.0 – as Android recently made some changes to how push notifications work, we had to make some changes to make sure our push notifications work seamlessly.
  • Storage limit – we have started calculating how much storage you have used, based on how many files you have access to – including both files you’ve uploaded and what have been shared with you.
  • Mute until read – now you have the option to mute conversations until you read them. Once you have read all messages, the conversation will be unmuted.
  • Other – we re-hauled our sign-up flow, which now works with code based verification, and also started work on message reactions.

Fleep features

What’s next?

We have made our plans for the next quarter, and set our focus on Tasks. We will work on task notifications that will alert the conversation when a task is completed and My Tasks, a view where you can see all tasks assigned to you, in one place (let us know through Support if you’d like to be a beta user for this!). After that, we will start working on due dates for our tasks. Additionally, we will work on some improvements to Fleep Teams, email conversations and managed conversations.

We hope you like the direction we are moving in. If you have any questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to contact us at support@fleep.io. Let’s also stay in touch through our social media channels. We’re on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Fleep for Business – now even more powerful!

Fleep for Business

Our Business subscription is perfect for managing risks – all Business users can sleep soundly knowing they have full admin control over their Fleep conversations. Since launching Fleep for Business in September, we’ve been listening to our users’ feedback and continued to improve the functionality offered with it. In short, we’ve been adding more advanced features to conversations and teams. Here’s an overview of what we’ve added to Fleep for Business in the last three months.

Admin rights in conversations

With Fleep for Business, admin rights are given to the creator of the managed conversation – or to the Fleep for Business user who configures the admin control setting.

One of the features we added recently is that all admins can also give admin rights to others in the managed conversation:

make admin

The only requirement is that the member they give admin rights also belongs to the same Fleep for Business organization. All you need to do is find the member actions in the Members list – and click on Make admin. Note that all organization and conversation admins can share the rights in the conversation.

All members can now leave managed conversations

The main value of managed conversations is that the admins have control over the membership, settings and message history. However, the limitation that members could not leave managed conversations seemed a little too crippling.

We do not want admin controls to create any unnecessary admin overhead – so we’ve made the change and now allow members to leave managed conversations even if they do not have admin rights.

Admins can delete any message

This is something a lot of our Fleep for Business users have requested. Now, everyone who has admin rights can delete any message in the conversation.

admin can delete message

As always in Fleep, this will leave a mark of who deleted the message, as well as who was the author of the deleted message. Please use responsibly.

Default settings when creating conversations and teams

Now, all group conversations, teams and team conversations created by Fleep for Business accounts are created as managed ones by default. This means the creator will have admin rights in the teams and conversations they create. If needed, the admin control setting can always be turned off. Note that all 1:1 conversations will still be created as regular, non-managed conversations.

Organization-wide team

All companies, big and small, have a way of communicating with all of their employees. We like to make sure that such communication can easily be done in Fleep. Organization-wide teams are a feature we’ve built exactly for this. Now, all Fleep for Business organizations have an organization-wide team. That is, all organizations have a team that has all of the organization’s accounts as members, and that membership is kept in sync.

organization-wide team

With organization-wide teams, you don’t have to worry about whether all of your company’s accounts have been included in the company-wide conversations. As long as those conversations have the organization-wide team added to them, every new member you add to your Fleep for Business subscription will automatically be added to the organization-wide team and its conversations. And vice versa – if you remove someone from your Fleep for Business organization, they will be also removed from the organization-wide team.

Improved receipts

We’ve gone through a few iterations of receipts in the last few months. Besides the obvious fixes like adding Fleep’s company details, your company’s VAT number and some necessary legal info to the receipts, we most recently also added the Billing period information, so it would be clear what period you have paid for. Do note that previously generated Receipts will not have this info – but if you need past receipts with Billing period info, contact us at support@fleep.io and we can re-generate the necessary receipts for you!

Anything else?

Well, yes of course. We are working on quite a few features that we’ll be adding to the Fleep for Business subscription over the coming months. More specifically, we’re working on a “Read-only” mode for managed conversations (where only admins can post messages), and on some some advanced task management features that will only be available to paying users. Stay tuned!

We hope you like the direction we’re going in! All feedback and requests are welcome, just shout out at us via support@fleep.io . Let’s also stay in touch through our social media channels. We’re on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

New way to mute conversations: Mute until read

Mute until read

We at Fleep believe the tools we use at work should be optimized for getting work done. As such, we try to make sure all Fleep users can decide what gets their attention and when. One of the main features we’ve built for this purpose is Mute – so our users can mute conversations for a while or forever.

When you mute a conversation, it will not alert you (unless you’re @mentioned) and the unread badge will change to a subtle gray one. So, you can choose when you pay attention to it – and it will not bother you until then.

Mute until read

You can mute a conversation for an hour, until the next day, the next week or “forever” – which means it will remain muted until you unmute it. Recently, we added the option to mute a conversation until it’s read. This means that the conversation will remain muted until you read the conversation fully, up until the latest message – and then, it will become a regular, non-muted conversation again.

Mute until read

The idea for this new option came from our investor Jaan Tallinn. He said he either mutes conversations for “forever” or “until I have time to read this”. And for the latter use case, we added the option to “mute until read”. So you don’t have to think about exactly how long you want to mute a conversation for, but instead it will just remain muted until you take time to open and read it.

The “Mute until read” option is already available on the desktop versions (web browser, macOS, Windows and Linux native apps), and will also become available on mobile apps soon.

If you’d find out more about the Mute feature in Fleep, take a look at “How can I mute conversations?” in our Help Center and Automute on our blog.

We hope you like the new way to mute conversations in Fleep! As always, feedback and requests are welcome via support@fleep.io . Let’s also stay in touch through our social media channels. We’re on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

How to Stay Healthy While Working a Desk Job

Desk Job

Millions of individuals worldwide have a typical 9-5 desk job. While sitting behind a desk for the most part of the day, the sedentary nature of your employment may leave you feeling lethargic and unmotivated. While it may seem tedious at first to adopt the changes necessary to keep you healthy while working a desk job, your efforts will soon pay off. When you feel healthy your productivity will naturally increase allowing you to concentrate for longer periods of time and you will feel happier.

Engaging in a healthy work lifestyle can also be utilized as a team-building exercise as you and your colleagues can take walking lunches together and share healthy recipes and dietary  tips.

If your job requires you to sit behind a desk for the larger part of your day, you should take certain measures to ensure that your health isn’t severely compromised. While investing in a good-quality comfortable chair that offers support to vital areas of your spine is a good place to start, various other actions can be taken to keep you healthy at your desk

Include exercise in your daily routine

Working exercise into your day at the office is a sure-fire way to ensure that you remain healthy while desk-bound. If your office is too far to walk to, consider getting off the train or bus a few stops earlier so that you walk more than you normally would. If you drive to work park a block or two further from your place of work than you usually do. Other ways to incorporate exercise into your working day are to take the stairs instead of the elevator or to do a couple of lunges or squats every time you go to the restroom.

Take walking lunches

Walking lunches are becoming increasingly popular amongst office-bound employees. Eat at your desk while you work beforehand or make sure you take a lunch that can be eaten ‘on-the-go’ while you walk. 30 minutes of brisk walking is more than enough to increase your heart-rate, giving it an important workout. Walking increases your serotonin and endorphin levels, making you happier  and is also known to decrease your cholesterol levels as well as lower your blood pressure. Keep a pair of comfortable walking shoes in a drawer at your desk, pop in a headset if you are walking alone and take full advantage of the time you are allowed to leave your desk.

Adjust your monitor

Staring at a screen for long periods of time every day can have a negative impact on your eyesight as well as cause computer vision syndrome (CVS) which include vision problems directly related to prolonged computer use. If you are forced to look at a screen for long periods of time try to adjust your monitor settings to avoid unnecessary strain on your eyes. The brightness of your screen should ideally match the lighting in your office. If a blank text document glows like a light source your monitor is too bright. Take every measure you can to lower blue light emission as much as possible.

Drink plenty of fluids

It’s easy to become dehydrated when you work behind a desk all day because subconsciously you might only relate liquid intake to physical activity. Regardless of whether you are physically active or sedentary, you need to drink approximately 8 glasses of water every day in order to stay healthy. Drinking enough water will also lead to more bathroom breaks which equates to extra steps being walked. If you have difficulty drinking water, try infusing it with your favourite fruit for added flavour.

You may feel like you are faced with a myriad of health-related obstacles when working predominantly behind a desk but there are plenty of choices you can make and actions you can take to ensure that your health never suffers as a result of your sedentary job. By making small changes to your daily routine you can improve your general health significantly even when sitting down for most of the day.

Contribution from freelance writer Jenny Holt. Jenny’s previous experience in business has allowed her to specialize in the sector, although she also enjoys writing about entrepreneurship, leadership and new technology.

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