Use Slack

by Niclas Darville

Here is why you should use Slack.

What is Slack?

In a sentence:

Slack replaces e-mail as your tool for internal communication.

This is not about learning to love Slack; it’s about coming to terms with how much you hate e-mail.

Who uses it?

Everyone important:

New York Times, Apple, BuzzFeed, The Verge, Twitter, HBO, Amazon, PayPal, Google, eBay, Facebook, Medium, Microsoft, the friggin US government.

I hate reading, is there a video?

Yes, and it’s surprisingly good:

What does it look like?

Pretty, playful, and chippy!

Screenshot of the Slack app for OS X

It looks kinda complicated

It’s really not—remember when you first had to learn how to use e-mail? Does e-mail seem hard today?

So it’s not just for nerds?

Only the same way e-mail once was.

Does it cost money?

Nah, not if you don’t feel like it.

The paid plans are only for when your company can’t get enough of Slack.

I’ll tell management right away!

No! Slack is best promoted as a bottom-up network effect.

Just start using Slack yourself with some co-workers, and you’ll soon have so much fun, the rest of your company will want to join your party.

Any employee can create a company’s Slack team. Might as well be you.

Workflow examples

Slack supports a lot of services, but here is a selection of some of the coolest:

See more workflow examples

Workflow articles

If you decide to stick with e-mail, you should follow these 12 tips.

Official Slack Guides

Slack finally released an official place to get people started with Slack:

It’t not perfect, but I recommend checking out:

The help section has a weird layout, and the two pages should be featured more prominently. Slack continue their poor job of explaining the product.

Do give the rest of the place a look, though.