Slack has become something of an office sensation in recent years, with users praising both its ability to streamline business communications and its infinite opportunities to add a little levity to the 9-to-5 daily grind. This trick may not win you any corporate comm awards, but posting secret celebrity messages to your office’s #random channel may bring a smile to your coworkers’ faces.
Developer Nathan Hoad’s brilliant Slacker web app integrates seamlessly with Slack itself. After logging in at https://slacker.nathanhoad.net, simply select the team you’d like to authorize Slacker to post from:
Without structure and guidance, Slack can quickly devolve into an impenetrable GIF parade of posts by seemingly anonymous users. An easy way to avoid that fate is to set a universal username format. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Slack’s simplicity makes this trick an easy one to pull off. To begin, click the drop-down bar in the top left. In the drop-down menu that appears, click the Team Settings button. It’s blocked out in blue in the photo below:
If you’ve ever missed an important message in Slack because you don’t have the time to read every line of text in each conversation, there’s a simple hack that can help keep you informed without wasting your time wading through rivers of text: the keyword highlighting tool.
For example, say you wanted to stay up-to-date on new changes in the Walter account. You can set up the highlighting feature to alert you whenever “Walter” is mentioned in a conversation. Not only will you get a notification, but the word will also be highlighted in the conversation so the relevant information is easy to find.
Here’s how to set it up:
Click on your face in the upper left side of the screen.
Slack, for most of us, is either a ridiculously effective messaging and organizational tool or an undeniably addictive platform for posting GIFs and procrastinating on the company dime. But for those afflicted by colorblindness, Slack is just another whirring and buzzing rectangle taking up space on the screen.
Thankfully, it’s easy to customize Slack’s palette to compensate for both the red-green deficiency that the majority of those with color blindness are affected by, and the far rarer blue deficiency.
For the majority of Slack users, the messaging app is a quick-moving torrent of information. Critical memos, links and files can easily disappear among endless channels of competing messages from team members.
Thankfully, Slack has some seriously beefy search tools — granted you know how to access them. And while Slack has made some of these search tips more transparent as the service has grown in popularity, a slew of secret search tricks remain hidden. But that changes today!
Stewart Butterfield did well on his first major entrepreneurial venture. His company’s initial product, a multiplayer game, never shipped, but Ludicorp, which he helped found in 2002, sold its next project, the pioneering photo-sharing service Flickr, to Yahoo in 2005. Butterfield stuck around Yahoo until 2008 and then returned to entrepreneurship as a founder of Tiny Speck.
As with Ludicorp, Tiny Speck started as a game developer. And as with Ludicorp, Tiny Speck’s launch game, Glitch, never caught on. However, an internal communications tool Tiny Speck built and used while developing Glitch, called Slack, has become one of the most popular business tools of the moment, one of the few explicitly business tools that has also taken off among consumers. Capturing some of the most useful elements of both email and messaging, while eschewing the bloat and unfriendliness associated with each, Slack has enjoyed massive success.