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?
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?
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.
Slack supports a lot of services, but here is a selection of some of the coolest:
- Schedule meetings and RSVP with one command
- Set up a videochat with one command
- Set up screensharing with one command
- Post a message, when you leave and exit the office
- Receive a notification about new files and photos
- Receive alerts when people mention you on Twitter
- Create Trello cards from Slack
- Let Slackbot answer frequently-asked questions
- Tweet from Slack
- See what timezones your team is in
- Use the new reaction emoji for in-chat polls
- Share channels across teams
- Integrate a service with the new Slack button
- Program your own commands
- Set up live chat support effortlessly
- Implement a Slack-based contact form for static sites
- Use a bot that scans and automates your expense reports
- Answer phone calls from Slack
- Simple sidebar tips for reducing distraction
- 11 useful tips for getting the most out of Slack
- 21 productivity hacks every slack user should know
- IFTTT recipes
- Integrations 101: Adding Twitter to Slack
- How 7 news organizations use Slack
- How we Slack at FiftyThree
- The Cost Of Interruptions: They Waste More Time Than You Think
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: get.slack.help.
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.