Slack is a San Francisco based chat startup with a well-executed product that's rocketing in popularity. Slack's marketing pitch is
We’re on a mission to make your working life simpler, more pleasant and more productive.
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At the moment I'm using Slack with two product teams for different customers. In the past I have used other chat applications like:
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Using Slack, I like that:
- One can easily configure different client gigs and then switch between them on the handy left nav;
- One can easily create new team channels;
- One can easily toggle between team and private channels;
- Individual teammates may chat privately in the private channels; and
- Developers reap the benefits from the information stream via GitHub, Heroku, and Jira integration.
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Chat is a forum for knowledge sharing. It has the potential to build team camaraderie even when your teammates work from a remote location.
"Contextual conversation is likely to become the dominant social motif of the next generation of work-technology apps."
— Stowe Boyd, tweet @stoweboyd
- Chat, Slack, and the Panoptic Telecommute, Scott Rosenberg, 13 Oct 2014.
- Contextual conversation: Work chat will dominate collaboration, Stowe Boyd, Gigaom Research, 30 June, 2014.
- Why these startups think chat apps are the next big thing in workplace collaboration, Jonathan Vanian, 1 Aug 2014.