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.
Curious, is there another team chat app you prefer?
Not really. I'm outside the mainstream demographic.
There's a networking effect with all social apps.
As an analogy, imagine if programming worked this way, and I needed to use an editor that sales, marketing, accounting, and customer support would also use.
Under this constraint I'd be writing Python code in Google docs. That's what slack is like.
That's a good point. Presumably IRC is a bit closer to being a chat that's built closer to the default dev environment, but Slack and other mainstream tools do need to accommodate everyone and end up with the "Jack of all trades, master of none" tradeoffs.
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.
How they automatically deactivate accounts that are not active.
That really is a great pro—it's one thing someone had shared in their Slack Pricing story about how they save money on Slack since their monthly bill reflects how many people were actually active.
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.
It's a fairly straightforward solution to communication for teams.
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 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.
That's a great idea! Do you use Slack's reminders to notify yourself about items, or just use it as a repository to search through when needed?
Channels are phenomenal. Subtly different to group chats, channels align conversation around a specified topic.
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!
What are some of your favorite Slack add-ons and bots? Would love to have you share them in this discussion!
Easy to communicate with the team in their respected spaces.
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
Do you have any favorite Slack bots you've built that are available publicly?
I love the reminders feature and use it for both work and personal reminders
I love that Slack makes it easy to solve problems in real time.
Being able to efficiently collaborate with a distributed team.
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.
The app directory, webhooks and ability to create your own bots.
Channels and private groups allow me to keep information and workflows silo'd
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.
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.
Group chat is super helpful, and ability to link to other chats
Feature rich. Slack has a lot of features and supports lots of integrations, which makes everything easy.
Organized manner of switching between multiple workspaces
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
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.
Ability to quickly collaborate with my own team and outside teams.
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.
You can share any link across to yourself. And API integrations
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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