Slack Aggregated Reviews
Coming from a team that uses both Slack and Discord, Slack is great, especially if you’re a 501(c)3 because you can get a paid plan for free. The integrations with services such as Google Drive are amazing and save so much time. Slack calls are great for things like design reviews because you can share your screen, annotate things and even do remote desktop.
We ended up moving away to Slack partly because of the superior mobile client, but also because we felt like switching chat programs would help resolve some internal toxicity issues.
Slack is wonderful for conversational history and a sort of chronological order of things, reminders, grouping living ideas; but I would not count on it as a management tool.
I’m currently using Slack & Trello at the moment to handle a few different projects, seems to work really well.
Just a note, the ‘free’ tier for Slack only let’s you access the last 10,000 messages. That seemed to go really quickly and now i’m having to look at paying subs if I want to maintain the full conversation history. Still a fan though!
Slack is so sticky for various reasons… first, email threads are a nightmare to read if you weren’t on the original list.
But the bigger one is that some people like to play games with email lists. They do things like purposely exclude people from having information they need to do their jobs.
Slack makes it very obvious when you’re trying to exclude 1 or 2 members of the web team.
I think everything about slack is pretty cool… but I do sometimes mute notifications as they can be distracting. I think that having to disable them at times is a minor issue worth all the other benefits.
Slack is a great way to share half-baked thoughts, pointless points and other wastes of time. Distracted and stressed with notifications.
I appreciate that Slack is cool, but a lot of the attributes you’re discussing here are not new at all. Slack is a slightly modernized IRC, and it’s by no means the first application like this. When we’re discussing Slack’s success, we should recognize that it’s solely related to their marketing apparatus, as many similar, well-funded, earlier-to-market competitors have floundered.
I love Slack’s emoji reaction feature for posts. Makes the team engage with Slack much more ’cause everyone loves to see creative emoji reactions to posts 😀
I worked on a campaign that used slack. I’m pretty techy and I hated it and had NO idea how to use the damn thing.
i find slack useless and over rated… and apparently i’m not alone.
I also know that Slack invested in organizational and leadership development from an early stage, which had paid huge dividends in their growth trajectory. While their product is great, they’ve made sure to have the team, processes, and culture to support their rapid growth.
Slack was competing with Skype and the open source solution Jabber.. I’d say it’d be better to do an autopsy comparison between these. Email was developed decades and decades ago and it’s not even Slack’s direct competitor to begin with. A lot of stuff said in here is obvious.
I’ve worked at companies that used it and it didn’t really reduce email. Slack gets cluttered also and it’s much harder to search than email. There also seemed to be a lot of fluff on Slack that normal people would not write emails about that wasted everyone’s time. Everyone has to monitor what was in there, but most of the time it just wasted your time because it didn’t apply to you.
Anyway… it’s a chat program. What’s so special about a chat program? I don’t know. I guess it’s their marketing that this is actually a workplace productivity tool that magically replaces existing communication.
Every few years, a new chat program comes out to great fanfare, gets massive numbers, and burns out a few years after that. Discord seems to be the new chat program.
Changelog – pre-ecosystem era
v0.1.8 Hound @ apps.the.gt – b2b prospecting platform
v0.1.8.1 Business directory – content experiment to support b2b prospecting platform.
v0.1.6 GRIN tech affiliate program is live.
v0.1.5.3 GRIN jobs experiment started
v0.1.5.2 Working on cool in-house lead gen project - Art Director is preparing 100 picks of Business Cards in various niches.
GRIN games emerged
As a web agency we never could and never will be able to escape the urge of building things.
Among million other things we played with an idea of text-based games and the last piece that was missing was the story itself. So via in-house outreach platform we found two established writers that believed in the project and agreed to participate.
Shout out to Richard Abbott who wrote Fraud on Thetis and Eva Pohler who sent us a huge draft we are still reading through.
At some point we realised that list building, fetching contact details & outreach tech work just as well for b2b lead generation
Once, we fell in love with ecommerce, because of short feedback cycles on marketing & development efforts.
Today we ship into production inhouse SaaS project - AVOKADO - the web app for learning languages with flash cards.
The year after we built it we realised how long is the road map ahead & what resources we'd need to promote it and decided to put it on hold.
One day as we ship GRIN tech v3.0 into production we'll distrupt the language learning market with Avokado.
We love Wordpress and recently shipped two plugins into open beta for commercial sale.
v0.1.2.2 King The Monk - wordpress plugin to virally grow your email list
v0.1.2.1 Plain Conversions - wordpress plugin to convert your visitors
v0.1.1. Expanded core offering to visual productions
It's Autumn 2017 and GRIN tech agency's website is born.
We have it saved for the history.