New Slack Features You Might Not Know Of
Slack, an instant messaging application with hard-hitting features designed to make life at work simpler, is gaining quite a bit of popularity. The app allows users to chat one-on-one or in groups, and also lets them share and upload files if need be. Also, being compatible with a wide range of devices and platforms, there’s almost nothing that can hold someone back from trying it out.
A platform originally developed for organizational communication, started being used as a community sharing and discussion platform, similar to groups on platforms like Facebook or LinkedIn. Since then, they’ve added new features to their app you might not have heard of. Here’s a few of them –
Exactly what they name suggests, it helps the user put the app on a Do Not Disturb mode, similar to the mode on iphones or select Android phones. It allows the user to snooze the app notifications – all that’s needed to enable it, is to click the bell icon which shows up in the sidebar. You can select default time frames suggested in the app, or customize according to your choice. Now, no worry of being disturbed while you are off work.
Timezone Sensitive Messaging
By using the term ‘@channel’, it’s possible to notify everyone in the team if the user wants. Although, it won’t be such a good thing to do in case your team members reside across different time-zones. If, by mistake, the user sends out a mass message, Slack gives out a warning stating everyone might not want to be pinged – a feature which actually comes in handy.
Request Skype Calls
Well, the Slack app does not have its own video calling option as of now. But it does let users initiate calls with your teammates. In order to set this up, users will first need to integrate Skype with Slack and then placing a video call is only steps away.
A feature, which Slack realized, was extremely important to be integrated in to the app was a proficient document editor. Although this feature is not that great when compared to any other app, it is better than the one’s in the earlier version. Also, Slack’s document editor now supports Markdown, though not fully. But, it does let users format the text through the popup bar and drag images. Once done, users are then free to share it on any channel!
Slack uses Unicode and it provides users with a choice of default emojis. But apart from that, it also lets any member of a Slack Team add a custom emoji. The steps to do this are easy – give the emoji a shortcut name and upload a square image along with it. Everyone can then use those emojis. In case Slack doesn’t let the user add it, it’s possible that the admin has disabled this option.
Aware of any other Slack hacks? Put them down in the comments section below!
Picture courtesy – iamblackbusiness.com
by techtalks @TechTalks July 1, 2016 5:17 AM UTC