Naked chat site
Recently, Slack added an emoji “status” feature that results in evermore tiny cartoons sprinkled through your chat history like confetti.Rayl acknowledges that what happens on Slack doesn’t always look like work.The last thing to see in the chat record was the account managers’ boss entering the room.
All of this has earned Slack word-of-mouth enthusiasm, not something generally associated with workplace software.
Originally, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield set out to design games.
In 2002, he began work on Game Neverending, an online fantasy video game in which it was impossible for players to win or lose — that project failed, but some of its code gave rise to Flickr.
In which case, some explanation: Slack is a workplace messaging app that lets co-workers easily carry on an assortment of group and individual conversations, some private and some public, all organized in a simple user interface; it’s chattier than sending an email, less of a hassle than scheduling a meeting.
It’s also easy to use on your phone — not so different from sending a text — and perhaps because of that ease, or because of the bright Silicon Valley affect it shares with services like Facebook and Instagram (Slack’s headquarters are in San Francisco), it tends to foster a dashed-off, emoji-laced vernacular. Such was the case in Laura’s office, where the salespeople, who are generally more senior, use Slack less than the account managers, who are generally more junior.
The Slack sell to employers is that it decreases the burden of email, because nobody likes email.