From 2012 to Feb. 2017, the service has moved from 17,000 users to 5 million. That’s especially amazing since it started out as the messaging system inside a video game that didn’t get off the ground.
Slack’s been called an “email killer”; we use it here at PCMag for that very reason (alongside Asana, Quickbase, and Google Apps), and it works. If you’re not sure what it’s all about, here’s Slack’s own video intro to the service.
If you’re not a corporate titan with a big team, Slack can still work for you. Anyone can create a team for free, but gratis acounts are limited by how many services you can integrate (10) and how many messages you can store (10,000). At that level, it works for families and groups of friends—especially those already familiar with Slack from work.
Of course, if you pay, you get unlimited storage and integrations, with a per-user price that starts at $6.67/month.
Slack Technologies, the privately owned company behind the software, is riding high on its growth; it’s never made a dime but has raised millions of dollars in funding, with another half-billion dollars just this June. Amazon is rumored to be coveting ownership of Slack and could pay $9 billion. It’s a Slack world, we just message in it.
But we could be better at it. There’s a lot of great stuff under the hood of the Slack system. Read on for all you need to know to get the most out of it and become the Slack-guru of your office.
(Note that on the following slides, many tips and links simply won’t work if you don’t have a Slack account, in particular a paid Slack account for your team; if you do, most will append your active teamname to the front of the URL. Those for owners/admins won’t work unless you have that level of access.)