Voice and video calling in Fleep with appear.in

video calling in Fleep

Today, we’re launching voice and video calling in Fleep with our brand new appear.in integration!

While Fleep is great for text-based communication as your project messenger or for your team chat, sometimes you just need to talk face-to-face. That’s where the appear.in integration comes in. Use it to talk face-to-face (or voice-to-voice, if that’s your thing) to whoever you’re working with in Fleep.

How video calling in Fleep works

It couldn’t be easier to use appear.in for voice and video calling in Fleep. Simply type and send “/call” or choose Start a video call from the message box actions menu on the desktop version of Fleep.

start a video call

This will create the call and launch it in a browser window for you. A system message is posted into the conversation where you start the call, saying that you have started a video call.

Everyone who wants to join can just click on the JOIN link at the end of the system message – and the call will be launched for them.

Fleep video call

Note that currently video calls can only be started from the desktop version of Fleep (Mac, Windows apps and web browser). However, anyone using the Fleep mobile apps can easily join the call by clicking on the JOIN link.

Why we love appear.in for video calling in Fleep

In short, appear.in is a simple product that just works! The longer version, if you’d like to read…

  • You can have group video conversations with up to 8 people at once.
  • No registration or download necessary. Simply join the call in your web browser. At most, you may have to allow popups for Fleep in your web browser, and then allow appear.in to use your camera and mic. That’s it.
  • Easy to use screensharing.
  • Join the call from any device. (App required on iOS. Get it here.)
  • Excellent video quality. Enough said!
  • Fun auto-generated URLs. https://appear.in/dynamic-shrimp. https://appear.in/delirious-chicken. We approve.
  • Stickers! A little fun never hurt nobody. Also, they’re practical. You can use them to show approval without unmuting yourself, for example.
appear.in

Find out more about appear.in on their website or browse their FAQ.

That covers it! Feel free to send us your feedback by Fleeping us at support@fleep.io or on social media – TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

Fleep User Story: PlanetX

Fleep User Stories is a series of blogposts that highlights the cool people, teams and companies that use Fleep in their daily business.

This time, our user story features PlanetX, a full service web agency. The PlanetX team designs and builds websites, applications, mobile solutions and other awesome digital media.

PlanetX

We spoke to Keval Kankotiya, co-founder of PlanetX, about how and why they use Fleep for their project communication. Without further ado, here’s the PlanetX Fleep user story…

Hi Keval! How did you find out about Fleep?

Hello from PlanetX! We are a creative IT agency and we were spending lot of time behind making task lists and sending it through email and project management systems.

project communication We were looking for something that can save our time and keep track of each and every small task so that we don’t miss anything.

We tried several messengers like Skype, Hipchat and Slack in the past but all of them have some limitations. Slack was promising somehow but the pricing was high for our team of 30+ members worldwide and continuously adding more day by day.

I was reading Quora and suddenly I found a question about Slack alternatives. Boom – this is how it all started! I went to the Fleep website and checked the features – surprisingly it is exactly what we were looking for.

How do you use Fleep?

team chat

We are a team of 30 people spread worldwide – India, USA, Australia and Germany. We use Fleep as our general internal team communications tool for our remote team.

What do you like about Fleep?

I am more than happy with Fleep, it is the perfect messenger especially for IT agencies. It is super flexible and easy to use.

Fleep has everything that we need – like functionality to create tasks, pin important notes, multiple and fast file attachment, easy and smart commands, unlimited history and nice shortcuts.

What could be improved in Fleep?

When I first found out Fleep does not have a Linux app, that was a bummer. We are an IT company and some of our team members use Linux…

team chatSo I asked Fleep Support about it (P.S. their support is excellent and they respond very quickly!) and I got the response that they are building a Linux app, to be launched soon!

Fleep works on any web browser though, so currently our Linux team members are using it on the web browser. But we are looking forward to seeing the Linux app ASAP. :)

Anything else?

In the end I will say BIG GO for Fleep if you want to save time and to have efficient messaging. Happy Fleeping! :)

Woohoo, thanks Keval for sharing the PlanetX Fleep User Story! You can find all featured user stories under the Fleep User Stories category. Make sure you also follow Fleep on Twitter and Facebook to keep an eye on our news and updates!

Chat for teams

Working at home boosts productivity

working at home

In America, around 45% of employees work from home and 53 million are freelancers. This contributes $715 billion to the U.S. economy each year.

Despite these figures, there’s still divided opinion of the effectiveness of working at home. Can a team be productive with workers split across different locations? The answer is simple. Yes.

Technology is Key

Thanks to technology, employees can now enjoy the benefits of a virtual office at home. They no longer need to work in the same place or even at the same time. There are now a huge variety of apps for people working outside the office, including team chat applications like Fleep that help make sure everyone’s on the same page. Online document management, chat for teams, wireless internet, video conference calls and VPN networks means we can always stay connected.

Working at Home Means More Productivity

Working at home allows workers to have less distractions and spend more time focused on working. Inevitably this means companies will benefit as their employees are delivering better quality work and faster.

From 2005 to 2012, the number of Americans in work fell. But despite this, America’s telecommuting workforce rose by around 80%. In fact, in 2013, Stanford University carried out a study which determined that employees working at home outperformed office employees. The study also discovered that workers took less breaks and had less time off sick than their office colleagues.

Hiring the Best Talent

By allowing employees to work remotely, organizations can hire the best workforce, while not being limited by where they are based. Employers can attract very talented and skilled workers who prefer more of a freelance, freestyle way of working, but don’t want to source work themselves.

The benefits also extend to the bottom line. After all, by having employees working from home, companies do not have to pay for their computer, electricity and other related costs.

The Future of Working at Home

Companies have finally started to catch up on the working at home trend. Many offer employees the flexibility to work from home, for at least some of the time, if not full-time. This is completely changing the face of working.

Many remote teams have shown that it can work, and shared their tips on how to work in a remote team. However, it may not be for everyone and it does take a certain amount of organization and discipline, not to mention trust from the employer.

But it can save a huge amount of money for companies and be a big boost to a workers’ productivity. There’s no denying too that for employees there are bonuses. It allows them to be able to achieve more of a work life balance and provide more of an enjoyable working life. Working at home is a winner for everyone.


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.

Chat for teams

Introducing the Trello integration in Fleep

Trello Fleep integration

You asked for it, and we listened: the Trello integration is here! You can use it to see updates to Trello cards and lists in Fleep. The updates are sent through as notifications to your Fleep conversations.

For the uninitiated – Trello is a collaboration tool that is great for project management. Since Fleep is perfect for project communication, the integration with Trello helps everyone who needs a more advanced task management system than our own Fleep Tasks.

How it works

The Trello integration sends updates from any one board to the Fleep conversation where you set it up. The updates include any changes to the lists and cards on your board, and are sent as notifications to Fleep. You can configure one Trello board per integration, and you can use a different Trello account in different Fleep conversations, if you wish.

The Trello integration in Fleep will send notifications for the following events:

  • Board – updates to the name, background, settings; board closed or re-opened; members added or removed; power-ups enabled or disabled; added to or removed from organization
  • Label – created, updated, deleted
  • List – created, renamed, moved, archived or unarchived
  • Card – created, renamed, description changed, moved, deleted, due date set or removed, marked completed or uncompleted, archived or unarchived, card cover added or removed, copied, comment added/edited/copied/removed, attachment added or removed, members added or removed, labels added or removed, vote added or removed
  • Checklist – create, remove, items added/renamed/removed, items marked as completed or uncompleted, checklist item converted into a card

Getting started with the Trello integration

It could not be easier to set up the Trello integration. First, choose a conversation (or create a new one) that will have the feed of Trello updates flowing in. Find Integrations in the Conversation Settings, and click on “Add” below the Trello integration:

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A popup will appear – here, choose Connect with Trello to proceed:

Trello integrationNext, you will need to let Fleep use your Trello account (if you’re not logged in to your Trello account, you will be prompted to do that first). Click on “Allow” to continue:

Fleep TrelloNow, you can choose which Trello board you wish to receive notifications from. Then click “Create”:

Trello FleepAnd you’re done! You and all other members of the conversation will now be able to see the updates in the conversation:

Fleep TrelloDo you have any feedback or questions for us? Let us know at support@fleep.io. Let’s also stay in touch through social media – TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

7 prime rules for getting ahead of your working schedule

Getting ahead of your working schedule

If you have ever worked as an employee, then you know that working all day or night does not mean getting ahead of your working schedule. The work is never done in almost all professions. The more assignments you complete, the more you are allocated. So how do you manage this pressure and get ahead of your schedule and deliver as per expectations?

Every working person loves to be described as more productive, efficient, and proactive in their jobs. In the end who wouldn’t want to outdo everyone in their line of work and achieve the target goals, and at the same time, stay ahead of your working schedule?

With this in mind, here are some tactics to follow to stop procrastinating and stay ahead in your work.

  • Constant preplanning and timely updating

Having your tasks preplanned in a chronological manner will help you allocate time for each one of them and get ahead of your work schedule. Try to plan your day by starting with the most important tasks that need a lot of concentration and end the day with those that need less attention. When new tasks appear in the course of the day, include them in your schedule and allocate enough time for each.

  • Set your own deadlines

Client’s deadlines can be a bane or a blessing to an employee. They may be stress-inducing, but they can be very productive. But what does it take to set your own deadlines and beating them? Whenever you want to finish a task, do it a bit earlier and set a deadline that you can achieve. Don’t forget to leave some time and space for unforeseen emergencies.

  • Organize your communications

It’s likely your work involves some communications. Whether it’s team chat or project communication, it is worth taking the time to organize your communications. If your work is project-based, set up communications in a project messenger. If you’re communicating just with your team in a team chat, make sure you get your team chat culture right and give some thought to ensuring effective communication in a team.

  • Proper delegating

Learning how to delegate tasks effectively is key to multiplying your value to your company. It allows you to move from the tasks you can do to what you can manage. At some point in our careers, we need to do tasks that we have no appropriate skills or enough practical experience. An example is writing assignments that you can trust to professional writing services. Having effective management skills helps you advance to high positions of responsibility.

  • Make today count

When you are given a small task, it is sometimes tempting to approach it with minimal effort to get it done. You are given a report to type, but you don’t bother to check for grammatical errors. You are given a simple data analysis task, but you overlook the basic task. Instead, try to apply proactive attitude to everything you do. Focus on the task at hand and give it all your best.

  • Keep balance between helping everyone and those in need

It is important to note that helping others is not bad, in fact, it’s a generous act. But, in this era, you do not need to help every person who needs help. First, do your research well, and if you have to, give a hand to others especially those who need help. Furthermore, we never know when we need other’s assistance. At the same time learn to balance! Be polite to reject an offer that you cannot deliver fully. On the other hand, offer to help when you need to.

  • Gain new knowledge & skills

If you have worked for a period of time, you already have some level of professional expertise. You possess a special set of skills and experience that makes you useful to your company. But, as the companies grow, so does new trends that require more knowledge and skills. Always avail yourself to learn and master important skills and knowledge for your job. This will allow you to improve and understand things more easily.

Getting ahead of your working schedule may not be that hard after all. These tips will elevate you to the level you want and you will appear to be more valuable when you are around ambitious people. Don’t waste that chance, get to work and get ahead of your schedule.

Sophia Anderson
This is a guest blog post written by Sophia Anderson, a blogger and freelance writer. Talk to her on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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