Communication: Why not give up your smartphone?

17 July, 2015

Greg Hamblin

Greg Hamblin


I still remember the world-altering moment when I went phone shopping after owning a smartphone for a year. I found myself looking at the flip-phones and thinking “They still sell those? Why?”

My smartphone had altered my view of reality so much that the idea of going back to the way things were was simply inconceivable.  It had only been a year, but I couldn’t imagine going back to a traditional cell phone.

In the past few months my team has moved all of our communication into Filevine. Things that would normally be shared on email, or in a chat message, or even in person now end up in a Filevine project.  A few days ago, as I interfaced through email with a potential employee, I found myself thinking “people still use email? Why?

There are a few products out there that are so revolutionary to our way of living that we can never go back once we’ve had them. From smart phones to ipods to indoor plumbing, when we find a “better way” we have a hard time going back.

it was only when I thought about “going back” to other methods that I realized just how fundamental it has become to my day-to-day work.

I was always impressed with Filevine’s communication abilities, but it was only when I thought about “going back” to other methods that I realized just how fundamental it has become to my day-to-day work. And that’s a good thing.  In fact, it’s amazing.

Here are some of the changes we’ve noticed with my team since switching to Filevine for all our in-house communication:

Nothing gets lost.

The combination of Filevine’s Feed and its unique team communication method means that nothing, and I mean nothing, goes missing.

Have you ever received an email and thought “well I won’t forget to do THAT,” only to find that you completely space it off till a deadline looms? I’ll admit it. It happens to me. I’m sure it happens to all of us. Text messages never get turned into action. Instant messages get forgotten. Sticky notes fall off of table tops.

But with Filevine, nothing ever disappears, and it’s always visible to multiple team members. So even if I were to forget something, another member of my team is likely to notice and either take over or remind me.