Slack

Slack

Product Name:
Slack – Be Less Busy

URL: https://slack.com/
Year Founded: Unknown
LinkedIn: NA
Twitter: @SlackHQ
Facebook: NA

Creator(s) / Founder(s)

Stewart Butterfield
Eric Costello
Cal Henderson
Serguei Mourachov

WHAT IT DOES:

Slack is real-time instant messaging and collaboration system that’s meant for teams and workplaces.

WHY YOU NEED THIS

It’s an online instant messaging solution that reduces the need for email as it acts as a real-time collaboration platform.

THE IDEA BEHIND IT

Believe it or not, the idea behind this app was derived from the struggle of team collaboration when developing a gaming company called Glitch. It is a slick app that allows your team to communicate more effectively. It is commonly used to better organize or structure conversations among team members.Slack is truly a mix of email, Twitter, and Facebook Messenger.

WHAT BOB LIKES

What Bob like about Slack is its well-crafted user interface making it easy to use. It also consolidates notifications into your personal network and all the tools you use. I also like its pricing structure since it’s free for unlimited users with restrictions on the search history. It also integrates well with known platforms such as Asana, Dropbox, GitHub, and Jira. Slack does really play a vital role with internal team communications and really affects or improve your business’ productivity.

What it doesn’t have or doesn’t do

I find it hard to fine-tune the notification settings to my own liking. Also, it lacks real notifications. If you have the desktop client it will pop-up a window in the tray, but it disappears automatically after a few seconds. Other than that, you have to check the tab title if it has a star on it to know if there are new notifications, and then navigate to them within the user interface. It would be nice also if users were given the option to adjust the sounds and screen notifications for each chat with an option to stay “in” a channel without receiving notifications from it.  

BOB MINI REVIEW

Slack is basically a communication tool on steroids.

It’s meant for remote teams and businesses, as it can be used across multiple devices and platforms, and is feature packed that can allow you to communicate with your peers via one-on-one and in groups. It also allows you to upload and share files with them too, as well as integrate with other cool apps and services.

Slack’s menu is intuitive and easy to use. Using it on iPhone or iPad is really simple. You can see all running real-time conversation with the member’s photo, username, and the time the message was sent. Whenever your username is mentioned (just like in social media) in a message it is automatically highlighted for you. You may use the “@” symbol to locate a user to tag, and it will automatically display a list of users for you to select and will insert that username into your message.

Inserting photos are simple also. Just click the arrow button at the bottom then choose to take a photo, or use the last one that was taken. You may also choose a photo from your library or import from another location such as Dropbox.

It also has this search feature that will allow you to look for messages or files using the keyword you choose. Search results can be sorted by the most recent or most relevant to your keyword.

Slack is a good communication tool for team communication. It serves as a reliable avenue to keep in touch, share files, and make your team members feel as though they are in the office working together as a team.

SHOULD YOU TRY IT?

Yes. It is easy to use collaboration/messaging tool that integrates well with a lot of services. Start with the free plan to see if it meets your needs. It is limited by the number of integrations though but these constraints should not really bother you. Slack features are quite vast and it is an inexpensive and effective way for your remote groups to communicate via the internet.

Includes FREE Trial? Yes

Pricing: It’s free for small teams or unlimited evaluation, then starts at just $8 a month for a standard plan, or $15 for the Plus plan.

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