busyflow-logoDo you have parts of your projects spread out over a bunch of cloud-based apps? BusyFlow will help you create a hub to make everything a lot easier to manage. When working on anything digital, with a group, there are common collaboration applications used these days. Dropbox, Basecamp, Google Calendar and others are a pretty much the standards for a lot of companies and groups working on joint projects.

Being able to have one place to keep track of everything for the project will save you tons of time. You can easily invite a client to share in your workflow so they feel more at ease knowing  what stage the project is just by checking the updates on the wall.

Getting started with BusyFlow

Signing up is super easy. Either create an account or log in with your Google credentials. Later on you can link your Twitter account and be able to log in using it if you’d like.

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Once you are in, you will make what’s called a Hive. A hive is how you will manage your workflow with the group.

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The Tools section is where you will want to link all of the applications you will be using for this project. What’s nice is, if you don’t use Dropbox for one project, but need to use it on the next, you can add it later.

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If you add another Hive you can add the appropriate apps then. Once you link the application though, you won’t need to re link it. For services like Dropbox you will be asked which folder you want to associate with the new Hive.

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Using BusyFlow

BusyFlow posts all of the activities into a Facebook-like wall. When an event is added or a file is uploaded, there will be a note on the wall for everyone to see. As you can see in the picture, there are options to comment, add tags and attach files.

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If you add other people to your Hive, you are the administrator for that project. That means you can see a little more information. For example, your calendar will be the calendar being used for the project. If the members you add don’t have access to your Google Calendar, they cannot add an appointment. If you share your Google Calendar with their Google account, then they can add events in BusyFlow.

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Adding members to your Hive

Adding someone to the group is as simple as sending them an invite email. They do not even need to use all of the same applications as you or other members of the group. The beauty is, the people you invite do not need a specific email provider

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Honey an update

Off to the right of most updates, there is a grouping of 3 hexagons. When this is clicked, you have Honeyed the update. Think of Honeying an update like staring it in Gmail or Google Drive. You can quickly go back and look at any posting you’ve Honeyed.

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Notifications

There are notifications available via email. If you want to be notified of every new update related to you or just a daily digest or both, check the appropriate check boxes.

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Does BusyFlow Really Makes Collaboration Better?

With it being easier than ever to work with a group of people spread out to all corners of the earth, keeping project organized is more important than ever. BusyFlow lets everyone work how they work best yet gives them a spot to easily manage their workflow while letting your other worker bees know what the status is passively. By having everything updated passively, you will save a ton of time on emails asking if you are done with your part of the project or if you scheduled that video conference with the advertiser.

So, yes. If you are using multiple cloud based apps in your projects, BusyFlow can help improve collaboration, make management easier and save tons of time.

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