Conversations are the essence of Glip. Most work gets done in the context of a conversation, whether it's a one-on-one conversation, a conversation among a few co-workers, or even an entire project team. Maybe even a team that includes collaborators or clients from outside the firm. The goal with Glip is to replicate that real-time collaboration in an online service accessible via the web or any mobile device.
Going beyond basic text or video chat, Glip allows you to be productive right in your conversation stream. Whether it’s assigning a task, scheduling an event or sharing a file, you don’t have to interrupt your workflow to get work done.
In the example above, Jeff, Ella and Patrick are part of a project to create a display ad. They created a team on Glip and are able to stay focused on collaboration instead of switching over to a project management tool to assign tasks, to their calendar app to schedule a meeting, or to email or a file-storage service to share files.
As in the real world, conversations on Glip can be one-on-one (e.g., between Peter and Paul), multi-person (e.g, Peter, Paul and Lisa), or with an entire team. Just pick a conversation and start collaborating!
The People section of the left pane is where your active one-on-one (i.e., you and one other person) conversations are listed. Up to 10 one-on-one conversations (configurable on the Preferences page) are displayed, although all conversations with unread messages are always included. If you need to chat with someone who isn't already listed in the People section just click on the "People" heading to see the complete list. You can also add people via the People page (including both co-workers and guests), or just click the "+" button to the right.
Groups are ad-hoc conversations between three or more people. Sometimes you need to chat with more than just one other person, but its not a conversation that needs to be formalized with a name (i.e., like a team). Click on the "Groups" heading to start a new group conversation, or just click the "+" button to the right.
Note that you can't add someone to a group conversation. If Claudio and Lisa are chatting and decide that Peter should be involved in the conversation, a new "Claudio, Lisa, Peter" conversation is created, and Peter will not see any of the previous discussion between Claudio and Lisa.
The Teams section of the left pane is where your active team conversations are listed. Teams can be used for projects you're working on, functional areas in your company, or even the company softball team. What sets teams apart of from conversations among individuals (i.e., as in the People and Groups sections) is that they exist independent of their membership. People can be added or removed from a team as needed, and new members have access to the entire conversation history and all content that has been shared in the team.
Click on the "Teams" heading to see the complete list of teams. In addition to all of the teams you're already in, any of your company's public teams (i.e., that anyone in the company can join) are listed here. You can also create a new team via the Teams page, or just click the "+" button to the right.