Tales from Fleep

Fleep quarterly review and plans for Q4 of 2017

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September is here! We’ve been busy working towards our mission of radically improving how people manage their work conversations, tasks and email.

Most recently, we sat down to plan our product developments for the next 3 months, and we’d love to share them with you. But first, a quarterly review of what we got done in the last couple months:

  • 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 in a reliable way.
  • Storage limit – we have started calculating how much storage the files you’ve uploaded use up (but we do not enforce any limit just yet).

That’s it?! Well, yes. It was a short 2-month “quarter” (as we switched our quarterly plannings around a bit) and most of our engineering time actually went into making underlying architectural changes in preparation for Tasks feature improcements and My Tasks. Also, one of the 2 months included vacations for all of our team members.

But what do we have planned next? Here are our plans for the next 3 months (Sept, Oct, Nov), that is Q4 of 2017:

  • Tasks API 2.0 & Event Stream API – we’re almost done with the behind-the-scenes improvements to Fleep Tasks, along with some architectural updates to the message flow. We will start testing these in the coming weeks, but even when we release this to live – if all goes well, you will not notice any significant changes. As our CTO said, it’s never a good time to rewrite major parts of your architectural code… But it is necessary once in a while.
  • My Tasks – as soon as we’re done with the new Tasks API, we’ll start working on a view where you’ll be able to see all tasks assigned to you.
  • Other Tasks improvements – Private tasks, Column view, Tasks notifications… You have no idea how great our Tasks will be.
  • Reactions – YES! While reactions were neglected for a while, they’re back in the plans now.
  • Fleep for Business – while the public launch of Business is literally around the corner, we’re going to continue adding some functionality to the subscription. These improvements will make admin controlled conversations and teams even more powerful.
  • Storage limit 2.o – we are taking the next step in storage usage calculation, and now working to calculate used storage based on files accessible to the user.
  • Stats server setup – we’re building our own statistics system, to get better and more reliable insights into how our people use Fleep. This will make it even easier to make Fleep better for you!

We hope you like the direction we’re going 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: Q2 review and plans for Q3 (“Summer quarter”)

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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 support@fleep.io. Let’s also stay in touch on social media! You can find us on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram.

Fleep quarterly review: Q1 and plans for Q2

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It’s Springtime! Which for us at Fleep means the beginning of a new quarter. To continue our tradition, we’d like to share our Fleep quarterly product plans with you.

But first, here’s a review of the first quarter of 2017:

  • Trello integration – use this long-awaited integration to send updates from Trello cards and lists to a Fleep conversation. The updates are posted as messages to the conversation. Read more: Introducing the Trello integration in Fleep!
  • appear.in integration – we’ve built an integration with appear.in so you could create and join audio-video calls directly from Fleep conversations. Read more: Voice and video calling in Fleep now with appear.in.
  • Team labels 2.0 – we’ve made some changes to how team labels work. Since the launch of Fleep Teams, every team created is accompanied by a team label that is automatically added to all team conversations. Now, the team label is also added to all 1:1 conversations between team members and you can add it to any other conversations as well. Your conversations, your rules.
  • Left pane rewrite – we have been busy working on the left pane data and storage sync for the web app. The main difference you will notice, besides improved performance, is how the left pane is now a bit wider.
  • Other – we re-hauled our sign-up flow, which now works with code based verification, continued working on Fleep for Business, and also started work on message reactions.

What’s coming up next? Here are our plans for Q2 of 2017:

  • Left pane search – we’re continuing work on the left pane in the web UI, including bringing message search to the left pane. As a part of this, we will sunset the All Conversations view in the web app.
  • Tasks 2.0 – we are making lots of improvements to Fleep Tasks behind the scenes, to make the conversation Taskboards snappier, and we will start working on the long-awaited My Taskboard feature.
  • Mobile label management – while we’ve had labels for a while, we will now also bring the functionality that lets you add and remove labels to Fleep mobile apps.
  • Reactions – as we’ve already started work on Reactions, we will of course finish it by polishing and bringing message reactions to you :)
  • Fleep for Business - we’ve made lots of progress on our upcoming paid subscription with admin controls, and there’s some more work to be done. Stay tuned!
  • Multiple VMs -  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 at support@fleep.io. Let’s also stay in touch on social media! You can find Fleep on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram.

Fleep quarterly review: Q3 and plans for Q4

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…

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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 support@fleep.io. Let’s also stay in touch via social media! You can find Fleep on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram.