Work chat tool Fleep has native task management: Is that a key feature, or just nice to have?

I took a new look at Fleep, and like what I saw. Is it good enough to drop the paired apps Slack and Asana?

I received some email from the folks at Fleep, a work chat application that’s a leading competitor to Slack and Hipchat, and learned that they’ve implemented some very interesting features, in particular a lightweight task management capability. As someone dealing with the complexities of Slack integrated with Asana, I wanted to take a look.

I created a Fleep account in a few seconds, finding [email protected] available:

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I created a ‘chat’ — the Fleep term for a channel, chatroom, or project, and added a post:

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I then converted the post to a task, by a pulldown menu option:

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The post then appears in the activity stream as a task, set off by its check box. It also appears in the chat’s task ‘board’, which aggregates all the tasks in the chat, accessible on the menu of icons on the right. Selecting ‘show in conversation’ pulls the context of the task into place on the activity stream. Note also that tasks can be assigned to users, but at present Fleep does not support due dates or other metadata.

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Files can be attached to posts, including ones that have been made tasks. However, I discovered that pinning a task led to it being converted back to a post, albeit a pinned post. You cannot have a pinned task, therefore.

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Files can be previewed in the activity stream, and all files in the chat are accessible via chat board.

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Various settings for the chat include a permalink to the chat, and an email address for directing emails there.

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Here’s the chat with an email sent in:

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Fleep’s orientation as a developer tool is fairly obvious from the list of current integrations:

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The Bottom Line

The addition of a lightweight task management capability is a solid capability in Fleep, one that I appreciate all the more because of the sort of schizophrenic, back-and-forth editing I have found myself involved in with the Asana/Slack integration. My concern is whether the tasks, that lack due dates, are too minimal to serve in anything but the simplest cases.

A larger, more market-oriented question is the viability of competitors in the Slack-dominated work chat marketplace. Consider the many dozens of integrations Slack supports, as just one issue. We’ll have to see whether Fleep has a niche that it can defend with task management.