- We, here at Nested, believe there is a major communication uncertainty that affects the way we interact in today’s world. The nature of human communication is contextual, requiring a demonstrative backdrop for the discussions we have, but present communication methods people are using are not built this way; meaning we are obliged to jump from platform to platform to cover our ever-increasing communication needs. This does not only fragment our linear and otherwise coherent communication but also decreases the power of our spoken and written word.
This is why we invented a platform of communication that would actually be useful, efficient and time-saving for our generation and the generations that will succeed us.
What is a Place?‘Place’ is Nested’s most distinguished feature and is one of the many reasons that makes Nested an unparalleled platform for communication between individuals, teams, and communities. We are leading the change in the realm of communication by allowing you to organize your communication the way you would communicate in real life: housing your interactions with different people and groups into different communal ‘Places’ according to their context.
Creating Places on Nested equals to creating virtual spaces to effectively integrate various levels of communication, while not forcing you to replace them. Having your interactions organized in a neatly tiered order provides better team-messaging solutions, and eliminates the pesky problem of sending something to the wrong person or group; our app intuitively puts communication in its place both in theory and in practice. You can create different Places for different groups and for different purposes, such as a file-sharing Place for colleagues at work; a visual brainstorming Place for designers at a charity Fashion Show; or your own private Place for backing up whatever you like.
What are the unique components of the Place feature?
Grand PlaceThe essence of a Grand Place and a Place are similar and there are no fundamental differences between the two, except that they are created for different purposes and for different audiences. Both are for sending and receiving messages and sharing files, arranged neatly in a chronological order.
In basic terms, Grand Place offers a lobby for your communications, the main Place that the newly invited Members arrive upon entrance. From there on, they may be added to Places and sub-Places within that Grand Place.
We could demonstrate this feature with the following example: In a project led by a team, a Grand Place would be the main Place (e.g. X company) that everyone is a member of, and the Place created within it would be a relevant page to that company (e.g. ‘Marketing of X company’, or ‘Photos from the Premiere of X Company’).
PlaceWithin Grand Places, you are able to ‘nest’ Places. By creating a separate Place within a Grand Place, you can utilize a more specific space for various projects related to the Grand Place members. These Places can be either the type of a Closed Place or an Open Place. The former means that only added Members of that newly created Place can view its contents, and the latter means that all the members from the Grand Place can view its contents.
Please bear in mind that Places that have been created as Open Places cannot create sub-Places; you can only do so with closed Places, within which you can further create additional Closed sub-Places.
ManagerA member of a Grand Place, or a Place, with full access to its Place Settings; Manager is not necessarily the original creator of the Place. Managers can create sub-Places, invite, add and remove members, promote or demote Place members, and create and erase messages.
One thing to keep in mind, is that only the Manager of a Grand Place can invite outsiders to a Grand Place, unless they authorize the Members of the Grand Place to have this permission. If the Members are not authorized for this act, they can be authorized to have the ability to add other Members of the Grand Place to its Places/sub-Places. There is a difference between inviting and adding, as per the Place settings of both the Grand Place and the sub-Places.
MembersDepending on the Place Settings and whom the Manager of the Place has authorized, members have access to the messages of a Place, and can read, write, and upload files on its site, as well as create sub-Places and add members in.
Nested addressEach Place in Nested is allotted a special identification, called a Nested address. This ID stands in as a Place’s email address and can be used for external communications (e.g. send and receive emails from Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, etc.) For example, if your Place is titled as ‘Alice’s Birthday’, the Nested ID address would be [email protected].
FeedThe first page that appears when entering Nested is your Feed; the virtual space in which all the content of the Places you are a part of will be shown.
Once you choose ‘Messages’ from your navigation bar your Feed essentially functions as your timeline, where the latest messages and files of any given Place or a Member will appear with their corresponding comments, all categorized according to the period of time in which they were sent.
If you choose ‘Files’ from the navigation bar, you will get a neat listing of all the exchanged files, their formats, sizes and the date they were received. Click on whichever file you want to re-send, and it will give you the option of forwarding it to any Place or individual of your liking.
If you decide to go for ‘Activities’, you will see all the activities condensed and sorted by their dates, subject lines, and with their Place(s) and/or recipient(s), as well as the files attached. On the left-side of the message, there will be icons that define what particular activity they are: if it’s a green envelope, it means its a comprehensive message; if it’s a yellow bubble, its a comment.
You can also look up the exact message of your interest by typing couple of keywords in the Search box that appears at the upper bar of your page.
Multidimensional MessagingWe at Nested understand your need for both comprehensive communication and rapid responses, and offer you the platform for straightforward correspondence without hindrance.
Nested integrates quick messaging and swift commenting beside original messages, allowing you to switch between the longer emaillike messages while simultaneously getting your short points across on little details.
What’s more unique, you can retract your already sent messages from all their recipients or Places within a 24-hour time limit. So, if you’ve accidentally sent your message to the wrong person, or if you’ve sent the wrong version of a file, instead of sending follow-up emails with jarring titles like, “CORRECT VERSION” or “Ignore the last message!”, you can easily draw the erroneous messages back without the recipients noticing.
As far as replying goes, you can quickly reply by clicking on the ‘More Options’ icon on the lower-right corner of the message and choose ‘Reply to sender’; alternatively, if it is a chain-message, you can reply to all the senders by clicking on the curved green flash icon that says ‘Reply to all’.
Forwarding is just as smooth: you click the blue straight flash icon and it goes straight to the forwarding stage where you choose whom to send the message for. If the message has gone through several rounds and recipients, you can check the context of the circulated message and who said what, when, and why, by moving your mouse on the message, and clicking on the blue narrow border that appears on the left-side of the message. This will save you the trouble of multiple untraceable CCs and BCCs and keep your communications in an orderly fashion.
Sorting Your MessagesWith Nested, you can filter your messages (see Favorites below) and sort your messages by recency and type.
To sort by recency, you go to your Feed, or the Place of your interest, and move your mouse over ‘Recent Messages’ option above ‘Write your message or drag your files here…’ box. You will see ‘Latest Activity’. Whichever you choose, your Feed or your Place’s Feed will be altered to meet your demand of either showing you your recent messages (in that particular Place) or the latest activity that has occurred there.
Alternatively, you can slide your mouse little rightwards from ‘Recent Messages’ and will see ‘View Settings’ list appearing. There you can choose what to see in that particular Place. For example, if you turn off comments, or attachments, you will be presented with the content preview of messages. Likewise, if you turn off content preview, only the subject line of the message with its comments and attachments will appear.
FavoritesYou can favorite Places important to you, which helps filter your Feed to show only the messages from the Places you consider priority.
You can view messages from your favorited Places from your Feed by sliding the starred ball at the top of the page to your right until it switches green.
Accumulative ArchivingNested is a team-oriented platform that is purpose-built to archive your accumulating digital information. You are able to store all your usual files on the platform, and send them to anyone you wish — be it within Nested or outside of it.
You can decide who can see these archives by adjusting your settings, which adds high security to your data and online activities.
This feature is particularly useful if you are an enterprise as you can use the archived information for your team’s future evaluations and advancements. Moreover, you can use Nested for your personal endeavors; backing up your writings, photos, videos, or plans.
What’s so different about it?You may wonder how is a Place any different from a group chat on Facebook, or a folder in Gmail, or a channel in WhatsApp, and that’s why we are here to explain:
Nested versus Email:
1- Neat interactions vs. Messy interactions:The current emailing services do not provide solutions for the growing complexities of our interactions. Email is like an overstuffed toy box full of miscellaneous stuff—messages from your supervisor, missives from clients, FYIs, circulating news feeds, social-media alerts, phishing mail. We spend more time sifting through it all than getting anything done.
Furthermore, we are constrained to send lots of CCs or BCCs back and forth to get our message to relevant recipients, and as a consequence get long string of replies and forwards that can be difficult to keep up with — even worse when they are drowned amongst a pile of other, unassociated emails.
With Nested, however, it is enough that you are a part of the Place that you want to send your messages to and that you have all your relevant recipients as members of that Place. By having related items and relevant people all in one Place, sending and receiving messages is easier than ever before. Depending on your Place’s privacy settings, people — or members as we call them in Nested — can view, comment, share, and keep track of all the important items without generating clutter or hindrance.
2- One Nested ID vs. Many email accounts:With various online accounts and IDs across the digital sphere, we face the dilemma of having numerous email accounts for our different online activities, and this problem traces back to the fact that we want different audiences to communicate with us via different streams. Nested gets to the root of this problem by giving you, the user, your own Nested ID address (e.g. [email protected]), which you can use for direct correspondences. Nested also automatically assigns every Place you create or are a member of its own Nested address, which can stand in as an email address—essentially giving you the ultimate company messaging system.
Depending on the Place’s purpose, you can use the address to receive earmarked emails, or to control your subscriptions to different sites. For example, you can create a Place specifically for your online subscriptions to numerous newspapers, discount sites, or social media notifications, like [email protected] or [email protected]. To given an another example, you can create a Place for your business’s customer services and reply to any questions or inquiries your customers may have on there.
With this capacity, people within Nested and people without Nested can communicate with you by sending messages, or emails, to that particular Place by using the Nested ID address allocated to it. You can also link your Nested accounts to essential digital services such as verification methods for Facebook, AirBnB, booking.com, etc.
Bear in mind that using a Nested ID address does not mean you need to forego email altogether, rather you can embrace and integrate your email and other forms of communication in one dynamic, platform-independent app.
3- Fresh & easy interface vs. Old & jarring designOther issues that email engenders include its old and boring design which is neither optimal for bandwidth nor ideal for the modern tech-user that seeks a neat, user-friendly interface design.
As it has been numerously proven, countlessly explained and even more written about, email is not efficient. If you consider that, on average, we receive more than 100 work-related emails per day and that rate will grow at 15%, we will be receiving nearly 200 emails per day within 5 years. This excessive digital pollution is not healthy for our mental capacity, and certainly not sustainable.
Nested, however, does not operate this way. We have taken into account sustainability of the digital realm, and sought to serve our users with their well-being, comfort and efficiency in mind. This is why our app’s interface is easy to use, practical, and offers a simple, yet direct, way to communicate with your connections. We are also working hard to establish a comprehensive search box, so that looking up messages from your archives could be accomplished effortlessly.
Place versus Group
1- Nested ID address vs. Group TitlesThough you can give your groups specific titles — like “The Snowboarding Crew”, groups do not have specific messaging electronic addresses to make your messaging direct and to-the-point. Furthermore, with groups, you need to establish each group with that one particular online ID you have (e.g. on Facebook) and you cannot categorize your inbox according to their context; they all pile up in the same place, which will make it very difficult for you to find that particular group with that particular message from two weeks ago.
2- Consistent Communication vs. Inconsistent MessagingAs if this complexity wasn’t enough, groups function like chat rooms; the messages written there are erratic, inconsistent, and sometimes even irrelevant to the previous messenger, as the topic of discussion can shift in a matter of a few comments or couple of humorous GIFs. This makes it a very unstable option for anything more than a light smalltalk. On Nested, though, you separate your funny and humorous friends from your collaborative business partners by placing them in different Places and setting the tone of the Place; not only is this practically more suitable, it also offers you a sharp mental image of the different communities you are a part of online and makes them easy to maintain.
3- Independence vs. DependanceIn a group chat you would need someone to have the conversation with; you cannot establish a group solely for your own endeavors. With Nested’s Place feature, you are an independent creator that can produce content for whatever required purposes. You can create a Grand Place and then Places and sub-Places within it to people you wish to invite and add, but you will also always have your entirely personal Nested address and its contents will never be accessible to anyone else but yourself. Other Nested users in your community will still be able to send messages and share files with you, and if you have enabled so from your settings, people from outside of Nested will also be able to send you messages from their emailing services.