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What one thing do you like most about Slack?

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beaugunderson's avatar
3 years ago

Wealth of API integrations

6 points
l_constable's avatar
3 years ago

Mobile app is slick. It's so clean that communities outside of work (eg my apartment building) use it to coordinate.

4 points
brianball's avatar
3 years ago

I like that you can quickly spin up a slack group.

4 points
JamesTimmins's avatar
3 years ago

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.

4 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @JamesTimmins )
3 years ago

What have you built around the Slack platform so far?

1 point
emoRobot's avatar
3 years ago

I really don't. It's pretty poorly built, clunky and doesn't do anything well.

4 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @emoRobot )
3 years ago

Curious, is there another team chat app you prefer?

2 points
emoRobot's avatar
@emoRobot (replying to @maguay )
3 years ago

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.

4 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @emoRobot )
3 years ago

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.

1 point
NBNite's avatar
3 years ago
Threads (and reminders)!

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.

3 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @NBNite )
3 years ago

If anything, it's surprising it took as long as it did for Slack to get threads. Hard to imagine Slack without it now.

2 points
NBNite's avatar
@NBNite (replying to @maguay )
3 years ago

Couldn't agree more :)

1 point
sechegarays's avatar
3 years ago

How they automatically deactivate accounts that are not active.

2 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @sechegarays )
3 years ago

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.

1 point
MorganJLopes's avatar
3 years ago

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.

2 points
kerriececil's avatar
3 years ago

Centralized communication

1 point
marcel_171's avatar
3 years ago

Easy to use, integrations with all sorts of Apps.

1 point
imcatnoone's avatar
3 years ago

It's a fairly straightforward solution to communication for teams.

1 point
pmckeats's avatar
3 years ago

Solid and pretty cheap. Slack is a key piece of running a remote team.

1 point
RandallKent's avatar
3 years ago

Increase collaboration across our organization.

1 point
stephenflipmass's avatar
3 years ago

The price for value is great.

1 point
DavidNewell95's avatar
3 years ago

It’s free to start with!

1 point
mrmitchclarke's avatar
3 years ago

It integrates with everything else in our business.

1 point
RobertBMenke's avatar
3 years ago

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.

1 point
imnoah's avatar
3 years ago

easily adopted by everyone in the company

1 point
rianalynn's avatar
3 years ago

Seamless connection to productive and impactful groups

1 point
thehksk's avatar
3 years ago

I really like how easy it is to use and makes everything organized.

1 point
argovaerts's avatar
3 years ago

It integrates quite well with other tools, even just plain old email.

1 point
Ashrodan's avatar
3 years ago

It's become ubiquitous and now familiar. Easy to start at a new workplace they they use slack.

1 point
orarbel's avatar
3 years ago

It’s a notification hub for all my SaaS subscriptions

1 point
stefanpajkovic's avatar
3 years ago

It can be “central command” for your business when set up optimally, and used efficiently.

1 point
nbsamar's avatar
3 years ago

Seamless Integrations.

A robust notification system.

1 point
sheepsheerin's avatar
3 years ago

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.

1 point
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @sheepsheerin )
3 years ago

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?

1 point
ushma_17's avatar
3 years ago

Channels and polls - has massively reduced non-essential meetings and discussions

1 point
ybrikeeg's avatar
3 years ago

Ability to talk to 3rd party vendors in a centralized application

1 point
spruisken's avatar
3 years ago

Channels are phenomenal. Subtly different to group chats, channels align conversation around a specified topic.

1 point
tanayj's avatar
3 years ago

The proper use of Slack in an organization leads to more well organized and transparent communication.

1 point
tomraggett's avatar
3 years ago

Great hub for all team communications around a project / event / activity.

1 point
object2dot0's avatar
3 years ago

Centralized communication with channel and bots

1 point
LamboJ's avatar
3 years ago

Centralized location to offload email communication

1 point
sathishkraju's avatar
3 years ago

The fact that slack's functionality can be extended by addons is amazing. More power to chatting!

1 point
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @sathishkraju )
3 years ago

What are some of your favorite Slack add-ons and bots? Would love to have you share them in this discussion!

1 point
typicalmitul's avatar
3 years ago

Easy to communicate with the team in their respected spaces.

1 point
jeannehopkins's avatar
3 years ago

The ease of communication in a non-linear fashion.

1 point
sajithgandhi's avatar
3 years ago

Integrations with tools like Google Drive, Trello, etc.

1 point
MdMmiah's avatar
3 years ago

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.

1 point
davedemuth's avatar
3 years ago

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.

1 point
mikaelvinding's avatar
3 years ago

Almost infinite integration options - works well with almost everything

1 point
bobpage's avatar
3 years ago

Slack's channels are a much more efficient mechanism than email.

1 point
ChirayuAkotiya's avatar
3 years ago

Slack helps improve response time and accountability.

1 point
its_honza's avatar
3 years ago

Their openness towards 3rd party developers and the fact that they almost don't have private APIs

1 point
Ugo_alves's avatar
3 years ago

The ability to coordinate using multiple channels.

1 point
tienlex's avatar
3 years ago

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.

1 point
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @tienlex )
3 years ago

Do you have any favorite Slack bots you've built that are available publicly?

1 point
egg_ert's avatar
3 years ago

Ease of use for the whole team

1 point
veeralshah's avatar
3 years ago

Channels with multiple options for notification and muting.

1 point
kimberlywtan's avatar
3 years ago

Ability to quickly communicate with anyone at the company

1 point
BarronCaster's avatar
3 years ago

I love the reminders feature and use it for both work and personal reminders

1 point
billsmitha's avatar
3 years ago

I love that Slack makes it easy to solve problems in real time.

1 point
thatsjustliam's avatar
3 years ago

It enables remote teams to collaborate.

1 point
anant_garg's avatar
3 years ago

Great clean software

1 point
bonam's avatar
3 years ago

Great communication platform both internally and externally (through shared channels).

1 point
IsaacRLien's avatar
3 years ago

Being able to efficiently collaborate with a distributed team.

1 point
emiltamas's avatar
3 years ago

It's the kind of tool that does one thing and does it right.

1 point
TweetsAngies's avatar
3 years ago

Learning/storing information through historical search in channels.

1 point
anibunny0's avatar
3 years ago

Integrations. Take a service you already use, and there's a Slack integration with that service.

1 point
ecrcook's avatar
3 years ago

It's simple to use.

1 point
jonhearty's avatar
3 years ago

Connects with tons of services, so it's a great place to get updates across tools, processes, etc.

1 point
iwhite's avatar
3 years ago

Great tool for cross functional teams that just works to replace IRC

1 point
sharonshebib's avatar
3 years ago

I like the little reminders, I use them regularly

1 point
basharov_'s avatar
3 years ago

The app directory, webhooks and ability to create your own bots.

1 point
steve66319990's avatar
3 years ago

Channels and private groups allow me to keep information and workflows silo'd

1 point
theBetaGuy's avatar
3 years ago

The Design (UI/UX) is great. Logo as well.

1 point
ravirahul_'s avatar
3 years ago

WhatsApp for Enterprise.

1 point
djiaoMei's avatar
3 years ago

Easy to tag, classify based on channels, and search if you know where the channel is

1 point
marinapape's avatar
3 years ago

I love the customizable screen-loading messages.

1 point
aiko_kurishuna's avatar
3 years ago

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.

1 point
zhangwins's avatar
3 years ago

Modern UI/UX for IM. Fast.

1 point
sarthak_jain's avatar
3 years ago

Love the integrations

1 point
MeSanti's avatar
3 years ago

Great for large teams communication.

1 point
blaung's avatar
3 years ago

Screen sharing and the ability to draw on the screen is great.

1 point
TweetsByTW's avatar
3 years ago

Slack's UI makes it really easy to navigate conversations across teams. It makes communication quick, simple, and easy.

1 point
paula_recker's avatar
3 years ago

Being able to stay on top of things without actually being physically in the office.

1 point
mattolde's avatar
3 years ago

Bringing back irc channels that make it easier for global team to communicate

1 point
typecode's avatar
3 years ago

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.

1 point
srochiramani's avatar
3 years ago
  • UX / Design
  • 3rd party integrations
  • CMD+K
1 point
rashansultan's avatar
3 years ago

Seamless flow of the app

1 point
Gloria_Bae's avatar
3 years ago

Great to stay connected within the company

1 point
mrefranklin's avatar
3 years ago

I love the flexible configurations and how easy it makes conversations on the go. I can have slightly async conversations across devices.

1 point
Piu314's avatar
3 years ago

Great for Work and Private usage

1 point
_RussellDavis's avatar
3 years ago

The onboarding flow is great.

1 point
BilalBudhani's avatar
3 years ago

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.

1 point
robertsiipola's avatar
3 years ago

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.

1 point
darkhorsearb's avatar
3 years ago

Group chat is super helpful, and ability to link to other chats

1 point
ohadamboy's avatar
3 years ago

Feature rich. Slack has a lot of features and supports lots of integrations, which makes everything easy.

1 point
wadefoster's avatar
3 years ago

Great for transparent communication.

1 point
ShashankJogani's avatar
almost 3 years ago

Organized manner of switching between multiple workspaces

1 point
ksatirli's avatar
almost 3 years ago

Ease of use in terms of getting started.

1 point
juliankurland's avatar
almost 3 years ago

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.

1 point
barak_kaufman's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I can stay in communication with our team despite being in a remote company.

1 point
alain_lehouf's avatar
almost 3 years ago

Channels management is great

1 point
cvjaeger's avatar
almost 3 years ago

Better information sharing leading to better and faster decisions

1 point
YatinBadal's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I like how it has created a rich bot and automation ecosystem especially with developers - ChatOps.

1 point
John_Gattuso's avatar
almost 3 years ago

In the WFH/corona environment
/zoom to quickly spin up a zoom call has been a game changer

1 point
nikbaron's avatar
almost 3 years ago

Introducing an element of play to communication with reactions, gifs, etc.

1 point
debgotwired's avatar
almost 3 years ago

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.

1 point
mkammerer's avatar
almost 3 years ago

Ability to quickly collaborate with my own team and outside teams.

1 point
sethcorder's avatar
almost 3 years ago

Great tool for keeping in touch with colleagues on a personal level and collaborating on projects.

1 point
CourtneyAFahrer's avatar
almost 3 years ago

Slack allows me to seamlessly interact with my team, and enables my team to interact with their clients.

1 point
hbinside's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I love the quick integrations with other apps and tools.

1 point
omonish0404's avatar
almost 3 years ago

You can share any link across to yourself. And API integrations

1 point
charlieosmond's avatar
almost 3 years ago

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

1 point
Hillary's avatar
almost 3 years ago

I like that you can quickly share info across the org.

1 point
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