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What one thing do you like most about Slack?

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beaugunderson's avatar
a year ago

Wealth of API integrations

6 points
l_constable's avatar
a year 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
a year ago

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

4 points
JamesTimmins's avatar
a year 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 )
a year ago

What have you built around the Slack platform so far?

1 point
emoRobot's avatar
a year 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 )
a year ago

Curious, is there another team chat app you prefer?

2 points
emoRobot's avatar
@emoRobot (replying to @maguay )
a year 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 )
a year 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
a year 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 )
a year 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 )
a year ago

Couldn't agree more :)

1 point
sechegarays's avatar
a year ago

How they automatically deactivate accounts that are not active.

2 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @sechegarays )
a year 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
a year 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
a year ago

Centralized communication

1 point
marcel_171's avatar
a year ago

Easy to use, integrations with all sorts of Apps.

1 point
imcatnoone's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
pmckeats's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
RandallKent's avatar
a year ago

Increase collaboration across our organization.

1 point
stephenflipmass's avatar
a year ago

The price for value is great.

1 point
DavidNewell95's avatar
a year ago

It’s free to start with!

1 point
mrmitchclarke's avatar
a year ago

It integrates with everything else in our business.

1 point
RobertBMenke's avatar
a year 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
a year ago

easily adopted by everyone in the company

1 point
rianalynn's avatar
a year ago

Seamless connection to productive and impactful groups

1 point
thehksk's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
argovaerts's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
Ashrodan's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
orarbel's avatar
a year ago

It’s a notification hub for all my SaaS subscriptions

1 point
stefanpajkovic's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
nbsamar's avatar
a year ago

Seamless Integrations.

A robust notification system.

1 point
sheepsheerin's avatar
a year 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 )
a year 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
a year ago

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

1 point
ybrikeeg's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
spruisken's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
tanayj's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
tomraggett's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
object2dot0's avatar
a year ago

Centralized communication with channel and bots

1 point
LamboJ's avatar
a year ago

Centralized location to offload email communication

1 point
sathishkraju's avatar
a year 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 )
a year 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
a year ago

Easy to communicate with the team in their respected spaces.

1 point
jeannehopkins's avatar
a year ago

The ease of communication in a non-linear fashion.

1 point
sajithgandhi's avatar
a year ago

Integrations with tools like Google Drive, Trello, etc.

1 point
MdMmiah's avatar
a year 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
a year 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
a year ago

Almost infinite integration options - works well with almost everything

1 point
bobpage's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
ChirayuAkotiya's avatar
a year ago

Slack helps improve response time and accountability.

1 point
its_honza's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
Ugo_alves's avatar
a year ago

The ability to coordinate using multiple channels.

1 point
tienlex's avatar
a year 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 )
a year ago

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

1 point
egg_ert's avatar
a year ago

Ease of use for the whole team

1 point
veeralshah's avatar
a year ago

Channels with multiple options for notification and muting.

1 point
kimberlywtan's avatar
a year ago

Ability to quickly communicate with anyone at the company

1 point
BarronCaster's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
billsmitha's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
thatsjustliam's avatar
a year ago

It enables remote teams to collaborate.

1 point
anant_garg's avatar
a year ago

Great clean software

1 point
bonam's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
IsaacRLien's avatar
a year ago

Being able to efficiently collaborate with a distributed team.

1 point
emiltamas's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
TweetsAngies's avatar
a year ago

Learning/storing information through historical search in channels.

1 point
anibunny0's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
ecrcook's avatar
a year ago

It's simple to use.

1 point
jonhearty's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
iwhite's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
sharonshebib's avatar
a year ago

I like the little reminders, I use them regularly

1 point
basharov_'s avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
steve66319990's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
theBetaGuy's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
ravirahul_'s avatar
a year ago

WhatsApp for Enterprise.

1 point
djiaoMei's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
marinapape's avatar
a year ago

I love the customizable screen-loading messages.

1 point
aiko_kurishuna's avatar
a year 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
a year ago

Modern UI/UX for IM. Fast.

1 point
sarthak_jain's avatar
a year ago

Love the integrations

1 point
MeSanti's avatar
a year ago

Great for large teams communication.

1 point
blaung's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
TweetsByTW's avatar
a year 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
a year ago

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

1 point
mattolde's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
typecode's avatar
a year 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
a year ago
  • UX / Design
  • 3rd party integrations
  • CMD+K
1 point
rashansultan's avatar
a year ago

Seamless flow of the app

1 point
Gloria_Bae's avatar
a year ago

Great to stay connected within the company

1 point
mrefranklin's avatar
a year 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
a year ago

Great for Work and Private usage

1 point
_RussellDavis's avatar
a year ago

The onboarding flow is great.

1 point
BilalBudhani's avatar
a year 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
a year 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
a year ago

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

1 point
ohadamboy's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
wadefoster's avatar
a year ago

Great for transparent communication.

1 point
ShashankJogani's avatar
a year ago

Organized manner of switching between multiple workspaces

1 point
ksatirli's avatar
a year ago

Ease of use in terms of getting started.

1 point
juliankurland's avatar
a year 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
a year ago

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

1 point
alain_lehouf's avatar
a year ago

Channels management is great

1 point
cvjaeger's avatar
a year ago

Better information sharing leading to better and faster decisions

1 point
YatinBadal's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
John_Gattuso's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
nikbaron's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
debgotwired's avatar
a year 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
a year ago

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

1 point
sethcorder's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
CourtneyAFahrer's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
hbinside's avatar
a year ago

I love the quick integrations with other apps and tools.

1 point
omonish0404's avatar
a year ago

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

1 point
charlieosmond's avatar
a year 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
a year ago

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

1 point
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