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Day#22: Slack – best for team collab and communication

There’s always that one tool when you learn about it, try it, become addicted to it and won’t look for anything else. Just like Canva, a graphic creator I love, Slack is one in my collection.

I was introduced to Slack while working with Scoop Marketplace, my favorite zero-waste store. Then I used it more at school, doing a bunch of group projects and all that. I’m a big fan. Never experience any hiccups. It’s been a great experience so far.

Channels - one of Slack's features
Channels – one of Slack’s features

Slack is a communication tool with a super power. It suits best if we work with a team, whether remote or not. It has all features we need to keep the workflow seamless. Here are some:

  • Channel conversation – we can manage conversations by creating different channels based on topics such as event ideas, social media plans, website redesign. Different channels help mitigate the confusions of communication.
  • Tagging – we can tag a team member in a team conversation whenever we want to be specific. The tagged person will get a notification.
  • Polling – we can make a poll to gather opinions. Once my classmate made a poll about which date we should arrange a happy hour. 
  • Pinnable and searchable conversation – we can pin an important conversation or announcement. This will make it prominent to everyone. If we get lost or want to access a specific conversation fast, there’s a search function for it. The results containing that particular keyword pop up instantly.
  • Private message – like a private chat. We can have a private message with anybody in the team.
  • Files sharing – a must for any software tool in this era. We can share files all we want, e.g. links, downloadable, Google Doc, PDF, screenshots. 
  • Integration – regarding the previous point, Slack allows integration with other tools like Zoom, Google apps, Polly (poll maker), OneDrive, and a whole heap more.

What do you love about Slack?

This is day#22 post and a part of my commitment to spend 30 minutes a day for 30 days straight to write about software development tools that I love. My goal is to build my daily writing habit and connect to more people. This project is inspired by @dickiebush ’s “Ship 30 for 30” Atomic Essays. 

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