Streams are a core element of Fellow. If you're just starting out with Fellow, you might be wondering what a stream is. (Besides the obvious that a stream is a a body of water 😀)
This article will guide you through the concept of a stream, the different types in Fellow, and other FAQs.
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What are Streams?
Streams are digital notepads that you can use on your own or with your team to capture ideas, goals, and whatever else you dream up. These digital notepads are made up of individual notes (usually on the same topic or with the same person) and show up in one long stream of notes.
On each stream, you'll be able to customize some of your preferences including carry forward and templates by clicking on the lightning bolt --> Stream Settings.
The Types of Streams
Streams in the meeting section are streams that are very much linked to the calendar event. Each unique calendar event will have its own stream. For recurring events, these notes will form one long stream for each series of meetings.
The meeting stream will automatically pull in the event details so that you and your teammates are all collaborating automatically in the same Stream.
These streams can be found in the meeting section or in the Today's Meetings and Starred areas on the Home Panel.
A 1-on-1 stream is between you and your manager or direct report, which can also be linked to a calendar event. 1-on-1 streams between a manager and a direct report have a special Feedback tab that shows both users any feedback received about the direct report.
On the home panel, these streams are gathered under the 1-on-1 heading. All your 1-on-1 notes can be found there organized by person - meaning that when you click on the name of a person, you will be able to see all your past 1-on-1 notes.
On a technical side of things, you’ll need to link a person’s 1-on-1 to a recurring 1-on-1 in your Google or Office calendar. This way, a new note will be created for every instance of the meeting.
Private or Shared Streams
These are notes completely private to you. A lot of users use Private Streams as personal to-do lists. Others use streams for idea tracking or making note of what they have done that year.
Shared streams are collaborative notes that are not tied to a calendar event. It’s more like a shared note. We recommend using Shared Streams for group projects, keeping track of group/company goals, and creating process checklists.
These streams can be found on the Home Panel under Other Streams. To confirm who has access to these streams, you can click the share icon > manage access and update if needed.
These are meetings or streams that you have starred. To star a stream, navigate to the stream and click on the star icon next to the title.
Starred streams will initially appear at the top of the Home Panel but you are able to customize the layout of your home panel and categories for starring meetings and tags.
How Streams are Labelled
From left to right, each stream item is made up of an icon, stream title, and meeting time (if applicable). Here is a break down of each of these elements:
You can customize your titles however you’d like in your Home panel so feel free to add emojis to your stream titles!
The streams listed above don't need to exist in isolation. If several streams are about the same thing, you can merge them together regardless of the stream type (with one exception)
For example: If I'm working on a project, I might have a meeting stream for the kickoff meeting, another meeting stream for check-ins, and a shared stream with all the action items for the project. I can merge these all together in one consolidated stream using the triple dot menu --> Merge streams option in the upper right hand corner.
Who can see my streams?
Meeting streams will only be visible to meeting attendees (those on the calendar invite). Your private streams will be completely private to you. And Shared Streams will only be seen by people who you have shared the stream with.