What is a Place?We all communicate. We do it every hour of the day — orally, literally, visually. But there’s a major communication inconsistency in the way we communicate in today’s digital world that can no longer go unnoticed. The nature of human communication is contextual, but the present communication methods are not built to support this — causing us to jump between different apps and platforms to cover our ever-increasing communication needs.
This is why we invented Places: a service that would make team-to-team communication manageable and efficient with nested Places that are inter-connected and expandable. To explain this analogically, it’s sort of like arranging your mailboxes in multiple levels of folders — but with much greater ease.
- Place is a feature that builds on the foundation where our predecessor, email, fell short: With our ever-increasing list of connections and acquaintances, Place offers a more efficient, competent and considerate option for communicating with your team.
Place fits well in line with how we communicate in real life: you get to house your interactions with different people and teams into different communal Places according to their context. It intuitively nests various levels of communication into neatly expandable Places and eliminates the disarray of overburdened email inboxes.
What’s unique about it?
Inter-connected and expandable PlacesYou can build Places around your teams and manage a sophisticated structure of connections and projects easily this way. Places are where the majority of your team’s communication will happen. Although the essence of all Places are alike, you can create Places at multiple levels, consisting of the following:
Grand PlaceGrand Place is the top-level Place that you start with when you initially decide to create a Place for a new team or a new project. Simply put, Grand Place offers a lobby for your communications and is the land-in Place that the newly invited Members arrive upon entrance. From there on, they may be added to Places that you have nested within the Grand Place. This method helps you preserve the context of your communications efficiently.
PlaceWithin a Grand Place, you can create a set of inter-connected Places that fall under the Grand Place’s main purpose but serve a more specific goal or interest.
For example, a Grand Place named Art Center can contain additional Places named after art movements with specific common philosophies, such as Impressionism and Expressionism.
Sub-PlacesWithin Places, you can further nest sub-Places to better organize your teams, communications, and keep track of exchanged files and other activities
If you’re a Basic user, you can nest up to 5 Places within a Grand Place and further 5 sub-Places for each Place you have!
Place TypesPlaces offer you a greater organization, but we haven’t forgotten about the importance of privacy. There are two types of Places you can create:
- Common Place: All the Members from your Grand Place can view its contents and activities. Depending on your settings, you decide if they can also post or not. Bear in mind that you cannot nest further Places in a Common Place.
- Private Place: Only selected Members from your Grand Place can view, post and search for its contents. From your settings, you can further adjust who gets to see and do what.
- Good to know: Grand Places are created as Private by default.
What can I do with it?You can create Places around your team projects and group activities with the ultimate virtual space you need — be it for sharing information, documents, photos, spreadsheets, music, videos, voice memos… Places will offer you a viable option for creating databases for knowledge-sharing, too!
- Alternatively, you can create private Places for more confidential and sensitive topics that you would wish to share with selected people, rather than your entire team.
Managing your team
- Manager is a Member that has full administrative control over a Place; they can invite and add Members; create additional Places; and adjust the settings of a Place. In a Place that they administer, Managers will have a golden throne icon associated with their profiles.
- Member is an invited and/or added person in a Place; Members’ activity level depends on the settings of a Place adjusted by the Manager(s).
- Good to know:
Manager is not necessarily the original creator of the Place, so you can be promoted from being a Member to becoming a Manager!
Inviting People to a Grand PlaceSo, you’ve created your Grand Place and now you want to get your team aboard. Once all your team members have signed up on Nested, you can go ahead and invite them to join your Grand Place. They must accept your invitation first before they can be added to the nested Places inside.
- Invitations can be sent out by the Manager(s) of the Grand Place, or by the Members that have been enabled to do so by the Manager(s).
Adding Members to a PlaceYou can add existing Members of your Grand Place to the Places that have been created beneath it. If you wish to add people that you notice are not existing Members of your Grand Place, you must invite them to the Grand Place first.
- Members can be added by the Manager(s) of the Place, or by the Members that have been enabled to do so by the Manager(s).
Changeable SettingsThe following settings are available for you as a Manager of a Place to alter in order to provide the needed protection for your team. Some of the settings vary depending on the level of your Place:
Show in the search results?Suggesting contacts is turned off by default and you can choose to turn this on depending if you would like to be listed in the suggested listing when your name, Place name, or Nested address is being typed.
Who can create a sub-Place?This sections asks you whom would you like to give a permission to nest Places within your Grand Place or your Place. You can choose to give this permission to the
- You may be the Manager of the Grand Place or the Places it contains, but if you choose to give Members the permission to create subPlaces, you will no longer be the Manager of the Places they create.
Who can invite new Members? (Grand Places only)This section applies to Grand Places only, and asks you whom would you like to give the permission to invite new Members from outside of the Grand Place into it. You can choose to give this permission to the
Invite Members (Grand Places only)Here you can view all the existing Members of the Grand Place, the pending invitations, and you can invite new ones!
Who can add Members to this Place? (Places only)This section applies to nested Places only, and asks you whom would you like to give the permission to selectively add existing Members of the Grand Place to its nested Places and sub-Places. You can choose to give this permission to the
Add Members (Places only)You can view all the existing Members of the Place from this section, overview the pending invitations, and add new Members.
Change Member positionsFrom the Members’ list, you can see who’s got the golden throne icon and is thereof the Manager of the Place. The Managers can change Member positions from here:
- Demote fellow Managers from their positions;
- Promote Members to become Managers;
- Remove Members from the Place altogether.
Settings that you can’t changeThere are certain selections that you can’t change after you have decided on them during the creation of your Place. We encourage you to read the following points to make sure that you choose carefully on the first time!