Slack is a free cloud-based collaboration tool that allows people to talk to each other through “channels” which function like tiny chat rooms. You can specify the purpose of the channels, for example:
- Lunch orders
- Design inspiration
- Website development
Users then chat through the appropriate channels, which adds organization to internal communications. You can also send direct messages to your team as well, just like Skype.
It is also very easy to share files and they become searchable, which is extremely advantageous.
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You can even have multiple “teams” on Slack. For example, I have currently 2 teams. One is for an art collaboration project I am working on, and one is for my design collective. You can easily switch between teams through apps on your desktop or mobile device. There’s also a Beta app version for Windows users.
I receive and respond to Slack messages all the time from my phone; it keeps me connected. When you set your Slack to “do not disturb,” the tool will remind the sender that you are on DND.
I like Slack because it is very easy to use, beautiful and robust. I feel like it has reduced the amount of emails and reply all’s that i receive from my team; consequently I am more likely to respond immediately to a Slack notification rather than to an email.