A couple of weeks ago, we released a visually small but functionally big new feature in Flowdock. We’ve helpfully highlighted it below:

Look for the blinking plus sign

Pressing the + icon opens a new tab with a searchable list of people and flows. You can start typing whatever you’re looking for and the list will be filtered down to matching results. Once found, open the flow or private conversation with Enter. Alternatively, a new flow can be created.

Flowdock new tab

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can veer into power user territory by using keyboard shortcuts. First, make sure keyboard shortcuts are enabled in your Flowdock preferences. Opening a new tab is then as easy as pressing Esc + t. Closing a tab is only an Esc + w away. (Note: Mac app users can replace Esc with ⌘.) With these shortcuts, starting a private conversation or opening a flow is extremely fast: Esc + t, enter the beginning of a flow or user name, hit Enter and presto – it’s there.

An overview of all flows

Sometimes, however, you might not exactly know what you’re looking for. We’ve added a few small features that should help in this situation as well.

Flows now have a description field that can be used to tell users what the flow is about. Since the new tab search will also find text from a flow’s description, a good description will help the right people find your flow. The description can be set from the flow’s settings, which is accessible via the dropdown menu at top right of your screen.

If you simply want to browse active flows, sorting the flow list by activity is a good idea. It’ll reorder the flows based on the latest activity of each flow. As a bonus, the avatars of flow members show who has recently been active, and the user count shows how many people have joined the flow overall.

Focusing your attention

Even though a flow might not be visible, having it in your tab bar is an invitation for it to draw your attention whenever there’s activity in that flow. For some flows, that’s great – you want to react quickly to certain things. Oftentimes, though, a flow isn’t critical, and closing it might make sense. This is why it’s important to be able to open and close flows quickly and easily.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback. We’re listening at support@flowdock.com.