What is Slack? How the tool works

Slack is a commercial communication platform where people and groups can communicate, share tasks and files. It is adopted by several companies aiming to increase not only their productivity, but also to expand communication between employees.

The success of the tool is such that, at the end of 2020, Salesforce bought Slack for no less than US $ 27.7 billion, about R $ 153.36 billion in the current conversion.

Slack is a group communication tool that is successful worldwide.

Today Tecmundo explains what the tool is and how to use it in your daily life. Check out:

How does Slack work?

The first step is to be in a Workspace. You can be invited to a project already created, or you can create your own working group.

To do this, go to the option “Add workspaces”, and then on the option “Create a new workspace”. From there, you can edit your workgroup, inviting other participants to participate in the chats.

You must create or join an existing Slack workspace.You must create or join an existing Slack workspace.

Then it’s time to create the Channels, which are groups of messages. They are identified by the “#” symbol followed by the group name. For example: if you wanted to create a group with only members of your sales team, just add a channel and choose the members who are part of this team, and name the channel as “# sales”.

Each channel on Slack has a specific group of participants for a specific subject.Each channel on Slack has a specific group of participants for a specific subject.

How to chat through Slack

Slack allows you to have a private conversation with a person, or a channel where you can choose the members who will be part of this group chat.

To chat with a certain person, you just have to search for them in the search for the workspace and send a message, or reactivate the chat if you have already started a conversation at another time. Private conversations will always be grouped under “Direct Messages”.

Private conversations will be grouped into Private conversations will be grouped under “Direct messages”.

In conversations, you can send any type of file. It is also possible to send YouTube links with the possibility of reproducing the videos within the chat itself, material links, gif, etc.

It is possible to upload videos from YouTube that and play them within the chat.It is possible to upload videos from YouTube that and play them within the chat.

Within the chat there are also shortcuts that allow you to perform various functions, some not related to the conversation. These options are located on the button with the lightning bolt symbol (as shown in the image below).

Within the chat there is an option of shortcuts that allow you to perform other functions in a quick way.Within the chat there is an option of shortcuts that allow you to perform other functions in a quick way.

Among them, there is the possibility for you to create a reminder for a certain date and time, create a Snippet (a part of a programming language code), create a post, update its status, and even create a new channel.

Slack commands

Slack has a series of commands to make communication and your life easier. With them it is possible from mentioning a person in the chat, to scheduling a reminder during a conversation, without the need to leave the chat.

Slack allows you to generate commands through your chat.Slack allows you to generate commands through your chat.

Know some of the most used commands in the tool:

  • / dm @nameofperson – sends a private message to the person mentioned;
  • / call – initiates a voice call;
  • / invite @ someone [#canal] – invites a person to a channel;
  • / msg [#canal] – send a message to a channel;
  • / remove (or / evict) @ someone – removes a person from the channel;
  • / status – define or clear your status;
  • /search [seu texto] – search for messages on Slack.

Integration with other services

One of the great advantages of Slack is the possibility of integrating with other services. The list is extensive, but we have separated some of the main apps that work well on the tool:

It is possible to integrate Slack with a number of applications.It is possible to integrate Slack with a number of applications.

  • Trello;
  • Google Drive;
  • Zoom;
  • Google Hangouts;
  • Giphy;
  • Outlook calendar;
  • Asana;
  • Google Calendar;
  • Wunderlist;
  • Google Forms;
  • Dropbox.

In addition to them, it is possible to create a new integration with Slack with IFTTT. With this, it is possible to generate reports within the tool, automate functions and a series of commands according to the users’ needs.

Slack versions

The tool today has versions for all systems and platforms. It has exclusive apps for iOS and Android, as well as an application for Windows, Mac and Linux. And, if you don’t want to install it on your machine, you can also use the online version straight from your browser.

Slack has versions for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux and the Web.Slack has versions for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux and the Web.

And what did you find? Are you ready to use Slack in your home or business?

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