The first half of 2017 is over. (Yes, really!) That means it’s time to review what we built for you in Fleep this last quarter and reveal our plans for the next quarter.
First, a look at the second quarter of 2017:
- Left pane improvements and All Conversations sunset – we improved the desktop conversation list in quite a few ways and migrated 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 an animation to indicate when new messages have been marked as read.
- Linux app – yes, Fleep for Linux has been signed, sealed, delivered.
- Tasks 2.0 – we have started behind-the-scenes enhancements to Fleep Tasks, to make the conversation Taskboards snappier. This also includes some preparation work for the long-awaited My Taskboard feature.
- Mobile label management – labels help you organize your conversations in Fleep. Now, you can also add and remove labels in our Android and iOS apps!
- appear.in integration 2.0 – we’ve upgraded our appear.in integration! Now, you can start a call with any specific appear.in room by using the command /call roomname.
- Fleep for Business – we finished the main building blocks, leaving us to polish a few last things before we launch the Business subscription. Stay tuned!
- Server infrastructure reorganization – we split our servers onto more separate VMs, to better serve increasing server load.
What’s coming up next? Here are our plans for Q3 of 2017*:
- Tasks 2.0 – first of all, we’ll finish the behind-the-scenes improvements to Fleep Tasks. For time being, you will not notice any significant changes, besides enhanced performance.
- My Taskboard – as soon as we’re done improving the conversation Taskboard, we’ll start working on a view where you’ll be able to see all tasks assigned to you.
- Storage limit – we’re working to start tracking users’ uploaded storage and enforce a limit of 5GB per user.
- Mobile push notifications 2.0 – as both Android and iOS have made significant changes to how push notifications work, we need to rewrite some of our own code. Realistically, the updates will not be released until later this year.
- Fleep for Business – we’ll polish Fleep for Business, to make it ready for its public launch.
* We’re changing our quarterly planning tradition a little bit, and switching from calendar year quarters (often also used in economics) to seasonal quarters (Autumn, Winter, Spring & Summer quarter). So, this year’s Q3 is only 2 months long (July-August) and includes a lot of Summer vacations for our team – hence the shorter-than-usual plan for Q3 (from here on out, “Summer quarter”).
We hope you enjoyed this update – don’t hesitate to give us feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s also stay in touch on social media! You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
It’s October! That means the Q3 of 2016 is over and done with. Here’s the Fleep quarterly review of Q3, and our plans for Q4…
The Fleep team at our Fall 2016 offsite, ready for action!
Especially our almost-invisible Katheriin in the middle.
First of all, here’s an overview of what got done in Q3:
- Email list behavior – by default, all group conversations with email participants now act as email lists for everyone reading the messages over email. This ensures a clear and predictable experience for everyone involved, as all members of the list receive the messages, and all replies flow back to the right conversation for Fleep users.
- Switch from Fleep emoticons to emoji – as emoji are becoming the standard of online emoticons across platforms, we are more than happy to embrace them. Emoji are now a part of Fleep, meaning you can easily choose and post emoji with your messages in Fleep.
- Redesigned Fleep email notifications - all email notifications you receive from Fleep (forgot password, unread messages, etc) are now beautifully designed and complete with our Fleep cuties.
- Add Fleep users to conversations as email participants - this functionality is handy if you need to send something to a Fleep user, but it has to end up in their email inbox. Perhaps they’ve asked you to send an attachment to their email address, or they are not an active Fleep user – in such cases, you can now add the Fleep user to the conversation with their email account.
- Search improvements – we improved the search functionality of the left pane in the desktop version of Fleep. More specifically, you can now switch between the results to see which conversation is the one you’re looking for, and there is a new handy button that extends the search across messages.
- Export message history per conversation – we developed conversation history export per account a while back, but now you can also export any specific Fleep conversation’s history! Export away!
What’s next you ask? Here are our plans for Q4:
- Fleep for Business - we are working on a paid subscription that will allow for organizations to have more control over their employees’ accounts and conversations. Stay tuned!
- Fork and merge – in short, these are two features that will improve how Fleep conversations work. Fork will ensure that adding a third member to a topicless 1:1 conversation will create a new conversation with those three members – and keep the original 1:1 conversation as is. Merge will help prevent duplicate 1:1 conversations, so that if you create a new conversation with the same members with whom you already have an existing topicless conversation, Fleep will direct you to the existing conversation.
- Email list behavior 2.0 - this will build upon and improve the current email list behavior experience. We will make it possible for email users to see the members of the Fleep conversation if email list behavior is enabled, and add the possibility of customizing the Fleep conversation email address.
- Server infra reorg - in this quarter, we’re also continuing work on scaling our server infrastructure to better serve increasing server load.
We hope you like the direction we are moving in. As always, don’t hesitate to give us feedback via email@example.com. Let’s also stay in touch via social media! You can find Fleep on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
The first half of 2016 is over – which means it’s time for our quarterly review blog post. Let’s take a look at what got done in Q2, and what we have planned for Q3.
We had a furry friend visit us at our Q3 planning meeting :)
First, a review of what got done in Q2:
- Fleep Teams - Fleep Teams was our biggest project for Q2. This feature makes Fleep even easier to use for team conversations, allowing you to create and belong to several teams. Read all about it in this blog post.
- Conversations bulk actions - this is a powerful feature that lets you quickly apply conversation actions to multiple conversations at a time: delete, archive, mark read, add and remove members.
- Invite people – we added a button that you can use to invite your friend or colleagues to try out Fleep. Find it on the left pane – or if you’ve disabled it, you can always find it in the Account menu popup.
- Sign in with Microsoft - we’ve supported sign in with Google for a long while already, and now you can also sign in to Fleep with your Microsoft account.
- Several improvements to UX – new conversation flow rehaul, ability to create tasks and pins from taskboard/pinboard respectively.
So, what’s next? Here’s what we have planned for Q3:
- Email list behavior - we’re putting the finishing touches on this one. It’s the option to have Fleep conversations acting as email lists for email participants, using the conversation email address as the sender. This will significantly improve the experience of big group conversations that include email participants.
- Custom conversation email address – this feature will let you edit the conversation email address (that currently looks something like firstname.lastname@example.org), making it easier to remember and share. Also, it’ll go really well with the email list behavior described above.
- Server infrastructure reorg - we’re continuing work on scaling our server infrastructure to better serve increasing server load.
- Managed teams and managed conversations – while all of Fleep is pretty democratic, some companies need admin controls over teams and conversations. So, we are developing what we call managed teams and managed conversations that will allow for administrative control.
Hopefully you like the direction we’re going in! Should you have any feedback or questions for us – don’t hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com. Let’s also stay in touch via social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram.