Take collaboration and communication to the next level

It is a fact universally acknowledged that internal emails are really annoying and waste a ton of time. Over the last few years there has been an increasing interest in facilitating efficient, team-focused communication. Slack, first released in 2013, sets the standard in this field. “Searchable Log of All Communication and Knowledge.” This handy backronym for Slack gets to the heart of what the software does.

The goal of slack is essentially to replace emails for internal communication. Instead of email, when you open up Slack you get a sidebar to which you can add any number of channels. The channels function like an instant messaging platform, similar to texting or Facebook Messenger. Ideally, you have a channel for each team or project you’re involved in. Then you can invite specific coworkers to each channel and easily chat with them, share files, schedule meetings, and more.

Slack also has direct messaging, if you want to connect with individual team members. It is cloud-based and syncs up across the browser version, the desktop, and the mobil apps.

Slack is also completely searchable. It archives all your messages on the cloud for easy access. The free version saves your 10,000 most recent messages, while all paid versions save all of your messages permanently. Being able to look up keywords and messages directly saves so much time that would have otherwise been spent scrawling through an email thread.

One of the standout features of slack is its extensive integrations with a network of other programs and apps. For instance, if you integrate Zoom, you can just type /zoom into a channel on Slack, and it will send out a Zoom invite to everyone in that channel. If you link up to Google Drive, you can share files and changing sharing permissions all from within Slack. The possibilities feel truly endless.

From its ease-of-use to its search function to the app integrations, Slack is awesome. By focusing on team-based communication instead of endless email chains, it makes collaborating and connecting so much easier, especially in the current world of remote work.

Slack is available here.

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