Mobility

Get outstanding on the go collaboration with Fastee

If you're looking for the best way to do subject-based team discussions on a mobile platform, look no further. Jack Wallen introduces you to the best in breed, Fastee.

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Almost every day an app/service comes along with promises to make collaboration easier. Every so often, one of those apps/services appears that makes good on their promises. The most recent app to fulfill this specific need is Fastee.

Fastee offers a number of useful features, but the one feature that I think will help collaboration teams out the most is groups and chats. With these two features you can create groups consisting of teams and manage collaborative, subject-specific chats with each. Within a group you can quickly open a new topic for real-time group discussion or even do one-on-one chats with individual team members.

But don't think Fastee is limited to team chatting. With it, you also get email integration and cloud storage. But I want to examine the feature that could easily make this a go to mobile app for team collaboration.

Installation

Fastee is available on both Android and iOS platforms. I will demonstrate on a Verizon-branded Droid Turbo, running Android 5.1.

To install Fastee on Android, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device
  2. Search for Fastee business communications
  3. Locate the entry by FASTEE
  4. Tap Install
  5. Read the permission listing
  6. If the permission listing is acceptable, tap Accept
  7. Allow the installation to complete

At this point you are ready to fire up the app. You will be required to sign up for an account (it's free). You can do this either from within the app or on the Fastee website. Once you've signed up for an account (and verified said account), you're ready to go.

Usage

Once you've logged into your Fastee account, you will be immediately prompted to create a group or direct chat (Figure A).

Figure A

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The Fastee main screen awaiting the creation of its first group.

If you have numerous teams, I would suggest you first create a group. To do that, tap the Click here to create group or direct chat and then tap Create a Group from the drop-down. Give the group a name and then tap CREATE GROUP (Figure B).

Figure B

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Creating a group in Fastee.

Once the group is created, you'll then be prompted to invite Contacts into the group. Tap the + button to invite contacts (Figure C) and you're on your way.

Figure C

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Inviting contacts into a group.

When you invite contacts to a group, you invite them by email address. They will then be sent an email which includes a link to create a Fastee account. Once they've created an account they can either work from within a web browser or download the app.

Now that you've created the group and invited contacts into said group, it's time to start chats. The best thing about Fastee is that you don't just start generic chats within a group...you can initiate topic-specific chats. Say you have a group called Editorial and you want to start a chat about a specific document process. Here's what you do:

  1. Open up and log into Fastee
  2. Select the group you want to work with from the sidebar (Figure D)
  3. Tap the + button in the bottom right corner of the group window
  4. Give the chat a subject
  5. Tap START chat
  6. You can begin the subject-specific discussion now

Figure D

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Selecting a group so you can create a discussion.

You can create as many discussions as you like within a group.

It's important that you be specific when adding team members to groups, as you cannot define which members within a group can view a chat (it's all or none).

Although there are other handy Fastee features (ones that I will cover in the near future), this particular piece of the puzzle will go a very long way to making team collaboration easier. Give Fastee a try and see if it doesn't help you better communicate with your teams.

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About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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