Slack allows you to connect with your team quickly and keeps your conversation organised.
There is a lot about
Slack that I wanted to share with you. But I believe that examples are the best teacher. With that in mind, I decided to create a team of Authors for Attosol Technologies, where we can collaborate easily.
Okay, time to buckle up!
Slack can be used directly via browser and has downloads available for most operating systems. For this article, I will be using Slack app for OSX. Download your copy here. It is free!
Setup in 2 minutes!
Basically, you either
Create a Team or
Join an existing Team using Slack. For now, let's create a new one:
- Launch Slack Application
Step 1: Fill in your Team information (start with an email address)
Slack will send you a code. Check your email and enter that code.
Step 2: Enter your Name
Step 3: Setup a password
Step 4: Enter team information
Step 5: Name your Team. You can set any name here.
Step 6: It asks for a web domain.
Note:A web domain is unique, and you might not get the name you are looking for at one shot. Try some other relevant names until you are satisfied with your domain name and hit
Create Teambutton. You can change your name later if you need to.
Step 7: At this stage, you can send invitations or skip it. Suit yourself! It is a good idea to send invitations to the people whom you intend to work with right away.
Step 8: You are almost set! You can hit the
Explore Slackbutton or skip the tutorial.
Step 9: The tutorial is fairly quick and shows a clear and crisp information about the basics as follows:
- Step 10: Voila! You are done.
A Little Fine Tuning
Did you notice the logo yet? It says AT and it is a rather bland looking logo. You can change quite a few interesting settings by clicking the Team Name on your Top Left area.
It takes you to the web page where you can change multiple settings.
Scroll down a bit and you will find
Set Team Icon. Upload a logo for your team. Once done, switch to the Emoji tab and choose an emoji (must be less than 128x128 px). Don't forget to hit
Save New Emojibutton.
Once added, it will appear in Custom Emoji list in the same screen.
You can also set some
Loading messageslike so:
Switch back to the Slack App. Notice that the Logo is automatically updated and typing :atto: displays the logo.
As an Administrator, you can use certain groups to notify all members as you can see below:
The option is good for you as an administrator, but you should change the permissions so that this feature is not abused. Change the option as you see fit.
With the permissions set, you are now ready to send your invites to your team.
In Slack, you have a concept called Channels. You can create a public or a private channel. Anyone can join or leave a channel at will. The idea is to keep the discussions happening in appropriate channels. The team can hop in & out based on their interests.
With that in mind, let's create a channel for our Authors.
Fill in the channel Name & Purpose and hit
Create Channel button. If you like, you can set the visibility of the channel to
Private. A private channel stays private to your team, and only the invited members have access to it.
You can also have private chats with people who are in your team.
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead... create your team and start collaborating!
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