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12 cool Fleep features you might not know about

Even if you use Fleep daily for team chat, project communication, for managing your emails, or all of the above, you probably don’t use all of its functionality. Which is fine – as long as it gets the job done, right?

Well, if you’re using Fleep a lot, you might as well try to make the most of it. Without further ado, here are 12 handy lesser-known and hidden features in Fleep to elevate your experience…

1. Set a conversation avatar with an emoji

One of my personal favorites, this little trick is a great way to customize any conversation. Just copy and paste an emoji to the beginning of the conversation’s topic, and it becomes the conversation’s avatar in your conversation list:

team chat

2. Use quick commands

Chat commands are a great way to quickly do actions that would otherwise require several clicks. For example, you can quickly create a task with /task, a pinned message with /pin, add someone with /add and so on. You can find the full list of quick commands here or just type a slash in the message box, and a popup menu with the commands will appear!

project communication

3. Use a hidden quick command to make it snow

This is a fun and completely impractical command — /snow. Just type and send it in the desktop version of Fleep, and it will start snowing in Fleep! (Click anywhere in the interface to make it stop.)

Now, we just need to make it work for the outdoors as well…

4. Change the gif that /giphy posts

We’ve received some feedback that the gifs the /giphy command posts are sometimes NSFW. So yes, we do recommend using it with caution… And remember you can always delete the gif that was posted. Even more, you can actually change the gif!

Pay attention now, as this is a true power feature. Here’s how you do it:

1. Post a gif with /giphy

giphy

2. Realize the gif that was posted is not safe for work/ funny/ relevant

giphy

Happens to everyone…

3. Click in the message box and hit the Up arrow on your keyboard to activate message edit for the /giphy message

edit giphy 1

4. Hover over the attached file and click on the Remove button that appears, to remove the gif

edit giphy 2

5. Hit ‘Save’ and the gif will be automagically replaced with a new one!

giphy_2

Well… There’s never any guarantee the new one will be more relevant to your conversation.

Read more about the Giphy integration in this blog post.

5. Choose to use Fleep emoticons

If you’re anything like the creator of emoticons and think the yellow-faced emoji are ugly, you might want to try out using Fleep emoticons. All you need to do is open your account Preferences and configure the setting for Fleep emoticons. Now, you’ll be able to see and use the minimalist blue Fleep emoticons!

Fleep emoticons

Read more about the Fleep emoticons in this blog post.

6. Get a daily weather forecast in a Fleep conversation

There’s a super simple IFTTT applet for this — you can either send today’s weather forecast to Fleep or send tomorrow’s forecast to Fleep. I use it to receive the weather forecast in a dedicated chat every day at 7am.

10 cool Fleep team chat features you might not know about

Just remember to change your location in the Weather applet on IFTTT if you’re traveling!

Read more in the Fleep-IFTTT integration blog post.

7. Set yourself  a reminder

This is another handy thing you can do with the IFTTT integration — set a reminder that recurs on certain days at a certain time of the day. In our team, for example, we have configured one to remind everyone when our weekly meeting is about to start:

IFTTT integration

8. Talk to yourself

Yes, you can have a conversation with yourself in Fleep. Use it for personal notes, as a personal tasklist, to save links or files, or for anything else you wish!  After all, only you will be able to see it.

To create a monologue, just start a new conversation and do not add anyone else to the conversation. The conversation will be named “Monologue with myself”, but you can rename it to be anything.

monologue

9. Organize your conversations however you wish

You can use conversation labels to organize your conversations. Want to group all 1:1 conversations together? Yes, you can.

organize your conversations

Wish to see all of your team’s conversations grouped together? Sure, just enable the team’s label.

team_label

Would prefer to see emails grouped separately from Fleep-Fleep conversations? No problemo.

Fleep conversations

Want to see them grouped in a different order? Reorder them.

Fleep

… you get the point.

Read more about conversation labels in this blog post: Manage your Fleep conversations with labels.

10. Edit your messages

You may already know this one. But just in case you don’t, it’s really, really useful. Hitting the Up key (when the message box is active) will automatically let you edit your last message — or you can choose Edit from the message actions menu. So, you made a typo? No problem. Edit away! You can also delete messages from the message actions — in case, say, you accidentally typed and sent message meant for another conversation.

11. Format your messages

Like the previous one, this may not be news for you. Here’s a few ways in which you can format your messages: putting *asterisks* around something will make it bold. Putting _underscores_ around it make it italic.

text_formatting

See all Fleep text formatting options here.

12. Create and manage email lists

This may not be cool as other features highlighted in this post, but it is definitely a power feature. You create and manage electronic mailing lists that any participant can also post (email) messages to. All you need to do is create a conversation, add the email addresses (and Fleep users), and make sure the Email list behavior has been enabled in the conversation settings. And voilà, you can send emails to the list!

email list behavior fleep

The email lists have been put to good use in Fleep for different communities — e.g. Startup Estonia Community has a conversation with 173 people in Fleep that works as an email list for all email members. It’s almost like a community notice board that everyone can post to!

Read more here: Introducing email list behavior in Fleep!

 

Do you have any feedback or questions for us? Let us know at support@fleep.io. Let’s also stay in touch through our social media channels. We’re on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

 

Fleep is a messenger for your teams and projects.

Changes to conversation creation logic

One of the best parts of Fleep is just how flexible its functionality is. You can create as many conversations as you’d like, you can organize your conversations, customize your conversation list, and so much more

conversation creation logic

In the context of all this flexibility, it’s our job here at Fleep to try to make sure that the functionality is also easy to use and that the right options are offered to you at the right time. This is why we’ve changed a fundamental part of our conversation creation logic in Fleep.

In short the changes we have made, along with their nicknames, are:

  • Fork – adding members to a topicless 1:1 conversation now creates a new group conversation.
  • Merge - creating a 1:1 conversation now defaults to an existing conversation – if there is one – to prevent unnecessary duplicate conversations.

What the fork?

Previously, adding someone to a topicless 1:1 conversation would just turn it into a group conversation. Now, it creates a new group conversation instead, leaving the original 1:1 conversation as is, a one-on-one conversation.

conversation creation logic

This change makes sense because 1:1 conversations without a topic usually are the default one-on-one conversations between the two people, with their message history and all. Forking (or spawning, if you prefer) a new conversation necessary, since it is a group conversation you’re creating – and it’s not a 1:1 any more!

Pro tip: if your intent is to turn the 1:1 conversation into a group conversation – with the message history, files and all – just set a topic for the conversation first! Adding people to a 1:1 conversation with a topic will not create a new conversation.

Merge it!

Previously, you could easily create multiple 1:1 conversations with the same person, through the ‘Create new conversation’ flow. This created a lot of confusion – people switched between the different 1:1′s, message history and files were dispersed etc.

conversation creation logic

Now, creating a new 1:1 conversation will default to an existing 1:1 conversation, if there is one. After all, it is the same one person you want to converse with!

Pro tip: You can still create several conversations with the same person, if you wish – just use the Clone conversation action. We’d recommend adding a topic to those duplicates though – then it’s clear why you’ve created a new 1:1 conversation. 

We hope you enjoy the new logic! Should 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 TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

Fleep emoticons are back!

We have reintroduced Fleep emoticons! You can now choose to use them from your account Preferences.

Fleep

Why?

Since launching emoji in Fleep, we have received an overwhelming amount of feedback along the lines of “we miss the Fleep emoticons”. After some (read: a lot of) debates and discussions, we reached a solution that should please everyone. You can choose to use Fleep emoticons, or you can choose to use emoji.

How?

Prefer the blue, minimalistic Fleep emoticons? You can choose to use them from your account Preferences. Just click on your profile in the desktop version of Fleep, choose Preferences from the menu that appears, and then tick the box next to Show Fleep emoticons. (Note that it will reload Fleep, to apply the setting!)

If you’ve chosen to use Fleep emoticons setting, then you can type and send Fleep emoticons with emoticon markup. That is what you type to see an emoticon – :) for example – and all of the special Fleep emoticon markup that you can find in the blog post Emoticons: the good, the bad and the hidden.

Alternatively, you can pick and choose Fleep emoticons from the emoticon picker (Fleep emoticons are only visible to those who have applied the setting from their Preferences):

Fleep emoticons are back

The best part? Even if you choose to use Fleep emoticons, you can still always post any emoji! Just choose them from the emoji picker, or post the emoji code (in the form of :keyword: ). More info on how to use Fleep emojis in this blog post: Emoji in Fleep.

What about mobile apps?

If you choose to use Fleep emoticons, then you will see them on mobile apps, too. The setting applies to the message flow, and the emoticon pickers in the mobile apps also show Fleep emoticons.

What about the users who prefer emoji?

Nothing changes for the users who prefer emoji. However, do note that if you use and post Fleep emoticons, all users who have sticked with emoji will see the emoji equivalent of any Fleep emoticon you post. So for example, Casey’s Fleep emoticons posted in the example above will look like this for an emoji user:

Fleep emoticons

Anything else?

Yes! With this update, you can also configure whether or not emoji and Fleep emoticons are shown in larger size when a message contains only the emoticon / emoji:

Emoticons preferences

We hope you enjoy this update! Should 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 TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

Fleep speaks emoji now!

Emoji may not be a language per se, but it is an extremely popular way of expression. So popular in fact, that better support for emoji has been a frequent request from Fleep users.

Which is why we ‘re switching from Fleep emoticons to emoji! Well, it’s one of the reasons anyway.

Why?

Emoji is becoming the standard of emoticons across platforms. Emoji are getting better, there’s more and more of them, and they’re even becoming a part of the operation system’s offering. So, we’re more than happy to embrace them with complete support for emoji in Fleep across all platforms.

Even if we would maintain the Fleep emoticons, we could not stop our users from posting emoji – and you are doing that already anyway. And so, as of today, Fleep emoticons are a part of Fleep’s history – and your emoticon pickers on in Fleep show and post emoji!

How to use emoji in Fleep?

You can add emoji to your messages in two ways:

  • Select from the emoji menu

Click the smiley icon in the desktop version to launch the emoji menu:

Fleep emoji

There is an emoji menu available in the Fleep mobile apps too, under the + sign (iOS on the left, Android on the right):

Fleep emoji mobile

If you wish to be able to see all emoji, though, you can use the emoji keyboard on your iOS or Android device:Fleep emoji keyboard

  • Type and send the emoji code

We use the standard emoji codes - all you need to do is type in the code and send it. If you’re not sure of the emoji code, you can also browse them by typing a colon followed by a few letters:

emoji codeNote that emoji codes are not supported in the Fleep mobile apps.

But that’s not all! If your message contains only Emoji, they will be shown supersize:

emoji

Erm, we’d encourage caution with these in group conversations…

If you have any questions, ideas for new feature requests, 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 TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

Introducing email list behavior in Fleep!

One of the key parts of the Fleep email integration is that people can be included in Fleep conversations over email. Now, we’ve made this functionality a whole lot better – we’re introducing email list behavior in Fleep!

email integrationWhy?

Over time, we have done our best to map incoming emails to the right Fleep conversations. However, conceptually email threads don’t carry a universal way of grouping emails into a conversation – it can be done by members, by subject or some other indicator.

Fleep is conversation-centric, which means we group emails together by membership. In the context of how Fleep interoperates with email, this means that every time an email participant adds or removes someone from the thread of emails, this creates a new conversation for Fleep users.

We have built email list behavior for Fleep conversations to improve this experience. With email list behavior, Fleep conversations that have email participants behave in a clear and predictable way – all members of the list receive the messages, and all replies flow back to the right conversation for Fleep users.

fleep emailIn fact, email lists are the closest thing to a messenger-like conversation in the email world – where participants join the list, leave the list, and reply to the list.

As such, email list behavior improves the Fleep email integration quite a bit, by making the experience more clear and predictable for everyone.

How does it work?

In short, when email list behavior is enabled for a conversation, then the conversation acts like an email list to email participants. When email list behavior is disabled, the conversation acts as a normal email thread to email participants.

If email list behavior is enabled, then email participants receive the messages in the following form:

email list behavior

Email user sees the message sent from Fleep as a message in an email list, where the Fleep conversation email acts as the list email address.

If email list behavior is disabled, then email participants will receive the messages in the following form:

email thread behavior

Email user sees the message sent from Fleep as a normal email in a thread, because email list behavior is disabled.

There are a few ways in which email list behavior improves the Fleep email integration experience for Fleep users and email participants:

  • Email replies are posted in the original conversation, regardless if email participants hit Reply or Reply All. So it’s foolproof – all replies are sent to the whole list, as the list address is the Reply-To address. Without email list behavior, hitting Reply to a group thread breaks the thread, and likely creates a new conversation for the Fleep users.
  • Email replies are posted in the original conversation even if an email participant replies with a different email address. Without email list behavior, replies from a different email address would create new conversations for Fleep users. With email list behavior, the replies flow nicely back to the same conversation in Fleep
  • Better message grouping for email users. When email list behavior is enabled, Fleep attaches information to email’s technical header that helps email clients group the list emails into one thread.
  • Email participants can leave the conversation, should they wish to do so. Without email list behavior, the only way an email participant could leave a Fleep conversation and stop receiving messages from it, is if a Fleep user removes them from the conversation. Now, with email list behavior enabled, the email list signature includes a link that email participants can use to leave the conversation.

How to enable or disable email list behavior?

Starting from today, all new group conversations you create in Fleep will have email list behavior enabled by default. However, you can always disable or enable it from the Conversation Settings.

Nice! What’s next?

Email list behavior is the latest addition to Fleep’s functionality. We hope you make use of it and enjoy the Fleep email integration even more than before!

We’re not stopping here though. We already have a few things in the plans for you – like email participants being able to see the members of the Fleep conversation if email list behavior is enabled, and the possibility of customizing the Fleep conversation email address.

Have any questions or feedback for us? Contact us at support@fleep.io. Let’s also stay in touch through our social media channels - TwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagram.