Connect with your Team using Slack

Why Slack?

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!

Download

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 First Launch
  • Step 1: Fill in your Team information (start with an email address) Fill Team Information

  • Slack will send you a code. Check your email and enter that code. Code Sent

  • Step 2: Enter your Name Enter Name

  • Step 3: Setup a password

  • Step 4: Enter team information Team information

  • Step 5: Name your Team. You can set any name here. Name your team

  • 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 Team button. You can change your name later if you need to. Domain name

  • 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. Send invitations

  • Step 8: You are almost set! You can hit the Explore Slack button or skip the tutorial. Welcome

  • Step 9: The tutorial is fairly quick and shows a clear and crisp information about the basics as follows:

Tutorial - Step 1

Tutorial - Step 2

Tutorial - Step 3

  • 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.

Change Settings

It takes you to the web page where you can change multiple settings.

Settings & Permissions

  • 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 Emoji button. Setup Emoji

  • Once added, it will appear in Custom Emoji list in the same screen. Emoji list

  • You can also set some Loading messages like so: loading message

  • 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: Notify

  • 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. Slack Permissions

  • With the permissions set, you are now ready to send your invites to your team.

Channels

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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Rahul Soni

⌘⌘ Entrepreneur. Author. Geek. ⌘⌘

Kolkata, India

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