Mobile app is slick. It's so clean that communities outside of work (eg my apartment building) use it to coordinate.
As a developer first, by far my favorite thing about Slack is the flexibility of their API. It has a pretty steep learning curve to understand the ins and outs of their system (a major drawback), but I've been impressed with the level of control possible in terms of the ability to interact with data and user interactions.
I really don't. It's pretty poorly built, clunky and doesn't do anything well.
Whatsapp has a play on threads(with its reply feature), but it's nothing like the Slack version. I often find myself in a group message and 5 consecutive questions get asked - when someone responds, it's not always clear what they're responding to. Threads make that process infinitely more efficient.
Also, it's 2020 and you still can't read an iMessage and set a reminder to view it again later. Slack's "remind me later" feature is a game-changer and something I use on a daily basis.
We've gotten feedback from multiple team members that elements of company culture seems to only be represented in Slack. It seems to be a combination of giphy and reactions, but the playful spirit is hard to reproduce elsewhere.
When configured properly, Slack is the ultimate feedback loop. Use the ecosystem of Slack integrations to tune in to key events from other software tools in your workflow.
It integrates quite well with other tools, even just plain old email.
It's become ubiquitous and now familiar. Easy to start at a new workplace they they use slack.
It can be “central command” for your business when set up optimally, and used efficiently.
The self channel combined with starred items - I use it as a notes system to remember interesting posts or things to come back to. It's probably the equivalent of emailing myself but I find it the easiest way and is more useful than Notes as it automatically includes the time context of when I came across it.
Channels and polls - has massively reduced non-essential meetings and discussions
Channels are phenomenal. Subtly different to group chats, channels align conversation around a specified topic.
The proper use of Slack in an organization leads to more well organized and transparent communication.
Great hub for all team communications around a project / event / activity.
The fact that slack's functionality can be extended by addons is amazing. More power to chatting!
Ability to quickly communicate with anyone that is in slack group. As per work, ease of communication with any co-worker makes work a lot faster.
Besides all the giphy's? hah! For me, I utilize a lot of organizations so I do enjoy how simple it is to switch between those.
Almost infinite integration options - works well with almost everything
Their openness towards 3rd party developers and the fact that they almost don't have private APIs
As a startup team, we spend most of our day on Slack for discussion and collaboration. One of the things that Slack is really good at is super developer-friendly with its platform, API, and bots. And the performance of the app is fast and responsive.
I love the reminders feature and use it for both work and personal reminders
Great communication platform both internally and externally (through shared channels).
Learning/storing information through historical search in channels.
Integrations. Take a service you already use, and there's a Slack integration with that service.
Connects with tons of services, so it's a great place to get updates across tools, processes, etc.
Channels and private groups allow me to keep information and workflows silo'd
Easy to tag, classify based on channels, and search if you know where the channel is
The search functionality and ability to integrate productivity tools with messaging - I end up deleting of glazing over emails when I get them at inoppurtune moments, so the concept of channels and being able to choose when I pay attention to certain information is great.
Slack's UI makes it really easy to navigate conversations across teams. It makes communication quick, simple, and easy.
Being able to stay on top of things without actually being physically in the office.
Bringing back irc channels that make it easier for global team to communicate
The friendly/accessible personality of the UI and in-product copywriting (enhancing rather than getting in the way of being a relatively utilitarian tool). Chat clients had already been "solved," but attention to detail goes a long way.
I love the flexible configurations and how easy it makes conversations on the go. I can have slightly async conversations across devices.
What I like about Slack is it provides all the basic necessary tools to start working remotely without worrying too much about the logistics. Even when I work with other teams they are quite confident on things to work out in remote setup because of Slack.
I like that slack integrates well with different services, especially GitHub. It makes it easier to be informed about the pull requests my team does.
Feature rich. Slack has a lot of features and supports lots of integrations, which makes everything easy.
I like the remind feature, even though it's not a great replacement for a to-do list it makes do in a pinch for when I'm mid convo on my phone and don't want to go somewhere else to write down a small reminder.
I can stay in communication with our team despite being in a remote company.
I like how it has created a rich bot and automation ecosystem especially with developers - ChatOps.
In the WFH/corona environment
/zoom to quickly spin up a zoom call has been a game changer
Introducing an element of play to communication with reactions, gifs, etc.
Recently, the new design launched and I can't get enough. I love the fact that they separated mentions, threads, etc. I can simply tap on one of them and get back to the conversations. Also, the fact that I can directly call someone on Slack is a big lifesaver since I don't need to create new Zoom links everytime.
Great tool for keeping in touch with colleagues on a personal level and collaborating on projects.
Slack allows me to seamlessly interact with my team, and enables my team to interact with their clients.
I've seen people say 'the integrations'. For me it's a little more nuanced.
I love that I am on a journey of improving my working life one simple integration at a time. They are so small on their own, like Mario picking up coins as he jogs through the week. But each addition gives me a little joy and feeling of mastery
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