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Slack today is rolling out message threads inside its familiar chat window, allowing teams to have more focused conversations inside a new flex pane that appears next to the main chat. The feature, which has been a top request of Slack users, reflects the company's evolution from a simple communication tool to a place where an increasing amount of work gets done Threads are rolling out today across Slack's web, desktop, and mobile apps. The idea of message threading is not an original one. It is used by some of Slacks ' rivals, such as Convo, and is the foundational principle of email, which Slack has noisily promised to kill. But Slack's implementation of threads is novel, and arguably more useful, than most of its peers, even if it comes at the cost of having to pay more attention to Slack than before. Every thread must be attached to a Slack message, and each message only supports one thread. To start one, hover over Slack message until the context menu appear. Tap new chat bubble and thread will appear on new pane to the right of the main chat. By default, person you re responding to is added to the thread. You can add others by mentioning their usernames, and follow threads you are interested in manually in the thread's ellipses menu. The thread resembles public version of group direct messages, but unlike direct messages, threads can be search. Slack says threads help make public channels more readable by moving discussions about discrete topics into their own workspace. Its just really hard to read a channel where four conversations are happening at once, says Paul Rosania, product lead for threads. Perhaps the cleverest thing about Slack's version of threads is the way they can move back into public view. Any message inside the thread can be sent back to the public channel at the press of a button. Thread where employees were making decisions about where to have lunch, for example, might culminate with someone sending the group's pick back to the main channel so everyone else could see. How much you use threads will depend on your company and your job. But employees at Slack, who have been testing threads for months, say they are meant to complement public channels, not replace them. Joshua Goldenberg, company's head of design, told me that only 7 or 8 percent of his time in Slack has moved to threads. Still, like many changes to Slack, threads will likely mean you spend more time using Slack. Threads come with their own unified inbox, located underneath all unreads on the left - hand pane, and notifications when you are added to thread or there is activity in one that you follow. There is also risk that threads will become very popular at your company, and you will be asked to weigh in on many things, instead of simply letting most discussions roll off your back the way you do on channel - only days. All of this is by design.

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How could threads get better?

So what is my main gripe with New Slack threading? Well, all they did was make it easier to create Post and half heartedly fix display issues that go along with that awkward feature. All of the issues mentioned above still exist. Limited Functionality Once youre in threaded conversation, you have to strip down version of what you can do when sending regular message: you ca add images to the thread. With a distributed team, communicating through screenshots saves a LOT of time, which must otherwise be solved through calls and screen sharing. Slash commands dont work at all. You ca add code / text snippets or any other feature that comes from the + option on message input. Similar to not being able to post images, our team speak LOT with code samples, so it odd you wouldnt have these options within thread bizarre Inconsistency weird design choice was made with the New All Threads panel. Ordering messages is the latest on top and requires you to scroll down for older threads. This is exactly the opposite of the main channel chat screen, which leads to confusing user experiences when trying to navigate Threads. Another strange thing about this New All / New Threads section is that it does live update. You have to click the link to get a reply. Now call me particular, but it doesnt feel like chat app in 2016 would force clicking for updates. Its obvious All Threads just re - use All Unreads panel, which is why these antiquate / inconsistent design patterns were choose. Wrong Default The final thing I find REALLY awkward about threading is that new messages in threads do cause any obvious activity in the channel. They originate from by Default. My assumption would be that public thread within channel would automatically also keep that channel up to date. There is a checkbox to do this if you want to, but it is turned off by default. Every single user has to purposefully update the main channel to keep that conversation relevant, which generally means _most_ people wont actually do that. This is drastic waste of chat space and just adds cognitive load as I ca, at glance, understand that these 2 responses are actually relate.

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Any other ideas? Thoughts? Experiments?

Group chat apps like Slack are built for specific kinds of communication, one - line - at - atime, real - time conversations. This form of communication is sometimes useful, but presents significant downsides when it becomes your team's primary way of communicating. Because conversations in Slack happen on a one - way conveyor belt, our team began feeling like they had to stay constantly connect to keep up. If you want to following conversations as they unfold inside Slack, you are likely to miss out on important discussions and decisions. This style of communication is especially problematic for remote - first companies like ours, with team members spread across many different time zones. How do you stay in the loop when earlier topics have already been discussed and are buried by the time you even wake up? As Samuel Hulick put it in his famous break - up letter to app: one study found that Slack users spend an average of ten hours per day on app! That is not to say that people arent multitasking, of course, but study after study has shown that constant context - switching, like when you stop what youre doing to check on notification from teammates, kills productivity and leads to more stress, higher frustration, time pressure and effort. It wasnt healthy for our team, and it wasnt helping us focus on hard work that really moves projects forward. Slack was useful for quickly checking on things, but we found that it was a troublesome channel for big picture discussions. Group chat interfaces are designed for rapid fire messaging, and it was nearly impossible to sustain full conversation from start to finish. We had similar experience to Dave Teare, founder of Agile Bits: even when conversations stay on topic, everything still requires immediate response. With Slack, there was no breathing room to take a step back, think about what was being discuss, and follow up on it later. We still need separate toolsin our case email and Wedoistto have deeper conversations about our work. This meant that our conversations were fractured into multiple pieces that were hard to put together. Communication was shallow and chaotic. Which brings us to the next point. With multiple, simultaneous conversations happening inside a single Slack channel, we begin losing track of things. Ideas were propose, discussed for a bit, and lose. It was impossible to refer back to decision that had been make, or to neatly preserve information so that others could find it later. One of our Support team members likened the experience of reporting bug in the Support channel to trying to hop on moving train. Once he had managed to get developers ' attention, there was no easy way to follow up on the status of the issue later. Since we couldnt easily go back to find whether topic had already been discuss, same questions and issues were often brought up multiple times. Rather than building an internal knowledge base for people to find information themselves, we just repeat ourselves.

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exporting messages from threads

You can Export Slack conversation from your workspace's channels and retain them for later review if you re admin of Slack workspace. Administrators of Plus Plan Slack workspaces can use the Corporate Export function that also lifts exchanges from private channels and direct messages. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Lot get share on the organization's Slack channels, and many of the exchanges are worth sharing. Whether you want to preserve Slack conversation to keep those great ideas fresh, to keep links handy, or to use at disciplinary meetings with HR department, exporting data from Slack is the best way to ensure it's not lose. If your organization uses the free version of Slack, only the most recent 10 000 messages are searchable, so exporting conversations is crucial to ensure content is save. If you are workspace owner or admin, it only takes a few clicks to use the Standard Export or Corporate Export method to save content from Slack channel.

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Technical Overview

Slack has spent most of its life as a dead - simple workplace communications tool, with small changes happening here or there. But to keep things dead simple means that you have to be very careful when you decide to make any big changes, even if they are something users have wanted for a long time. Today, Slack is finally starting to roll out one of those major changes in threaded comments. With Threads, users can pop out of the chaos of ongoing Chat and pin bits of conversations off to the side that they can address on a more regular basis. Users can jump in and out of their existing threads much like they do channels and direct messages, and when they want to share new comments back into Chat stream, they can do so by hitting a small checkbox at the bottom of their new message. Threads belong in what Slack calls a flexpane, which is a panel that pops out on the right side of your screen that has additional tools and resources for your existing rooms and direct messages. The Starting thread is as simple as clicking on the button next to a message in the room, much like you would add reaction, and then it peels off into new conversation within flexpane. Were giving people the choice to have sidebars, where they do feel like the only option is to take things into private channel or direct message, Slack VP of product April Underwood say. Threads is an example of where weve been hearing this demand for customers, and felt need to have sidebar conversations. But it was nontrivial and non - obvious on how to get it there. It is one of our values as a company, not just to build products, but everything we do. We value our craft. Threads have been a long - demanded feature for Slack, as it makes it even more competitive with existing enterprise collaboration tools like Convo or others that are already trying to swat Slack away. With Threads, even though it has been in development for more than a year, Slack is once again signaling that it intends to be a complete suite of tools for the workforce rather than just a simple and easy - to - use messaging client. There haven't been many seismic changes in Slack since it launch. That's part of what's charmed Silicon Valley and made it one of the hottest startups around today, and propelled it to 3. 8 billion valuation when it raised 200 million in April last year. The last major change we saw was the addition of developer tools to build bots for the platform, which launched in tandem with Slack's own investment fund to invest in those developers. Slack has since hit 1. 25 million paying members. But since taking off like a rocket ship at least, in Silicon Valley Slacks growth has started to stall a little bit. That is really to expect, as startups ca be expected to continue tripling in size and whatnot once they start to reach millions of users.

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Back to the drawing board

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FeatureDescriptionSpecifications
Voice callTalk with your teammates in Slack.16kHz
Video callTalk or video conference in Slack.1280x760 15 frames/sec.
Screen sharingPresent to others and allow them to draw on your screen if you'd like.1280x720 3 frames/sec.

Forget copying and pasting from your inbox. Slack can give you a unique address thatll make it easy as can be to import emails. Any messages you forward to address will show up in your Slackbot thread, where you can then opt to share them with others. Look for the Get Forwarding Address button in the Messages & Media section of Slacks Preferences to get start. 26. Speaking of Slackbot, it is standing by and ready to serve as your own personal storage concierge. Just drag any files you want to save into your Slackbot thread, and theyll be stored and searchable by you couple clicks away from sharing with others, if youre ever so inclined. 27. One of Slacks ' many hidden hats is that of RSS reader. You can Set app up to show you ALL new articles from source, as theyre are published either on Channel or in private Message threads for your eyes alone. Just track down the URL of RSS feed you want and then type / feed subscribe followed by that URL.

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Craftsmanship means taking risks

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FeatureDescriptionSpecifications
Voice callTalk with your teammates in Slack.16kHz
Video callTalk or video conference in Slack.1280x760 15 frames/sec.
Screen sharingPresent to others and allow them to draw on your screen if you'd like.1280x720 3 frames/sec.

When everyone is working from different locations, daily huddles are essential for keeping the team align. Instead of holding video meetings to list your priorities and blockers, huddles can happen on Slack channels - and we have a template for that. Use this template to send daily reminder to team or project channel asking everyone to post update on their work. Encouraging people to post their replies in threads helps to keep channels clean and uncluttered. Plus, youll have a searchable history of everyone's tasks, ensuring that no one is working on the same thing - all crucial to smooth transition to working remotely.

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Slack Threads: FTFY

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FeatureDescriptionSpecifications
Voice callTalk with your teammates in Slack.16kHz
Video callTalk or video conference in Slack.1280x760 15 frames/sec.
Screen sharingPresent to others and allow them to draw on your screen if you'd like.1280x720 3 frames/sec.

A fascinating look behind the scenes at both the process of rewriting massively used application and particular architectural choices made along the way. Approach use was at once incremental and all - encompassing, rewriting piece at time into gradually growing modern section of application that utilized React and Redux. And results? A 50% reduction in memory use and 33% improvement in load time is not too shabby. Cross - platform, open source Slack app that is built for speed?! Shut up and take my money admiration! Wey is written in Node and the UI is powered by Yue library, which means it does not hitchin its wagon to Electron. But it does come with a rather large caveat: depending on how much you like your job, you might consider that more of a feature than a bug.

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Every message sent to a channel is a potential disruption

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FeatureDescriptionSpecifications
Voice callTalk with your teammates in Slack.16kHz
Video callTalk or video conference in Slack.1280x760 15 frames/sec.
Screen sharingPresent to others and allow them to draw on your screen if you'd like.1280x720 3 frames/sec.

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Change your notification settings

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FeatureDescriptionSpecifications
Voice callTalk with your teammates in Slack.16kHz
Video callTalk or video conference in Slack.1280x760 15 frames/sec.
Screen sharingPresent to others and allow them to draw on your screen if you'd like.1280x720 3 frames/sec.

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Declutter and organize your sidebar

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FeatureDescriptionSpecifications
Voice callTalk with your teammates in Slack.16kHz
Video callTalk or video conference in Slack.1280x760 15 frames/sec.
Screen sharingPresent to others and allow them to draw on your screen if you'd like.1280x720 3 frames/sec.

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Declare bankruptcy when you need to

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FeatureDescriptionSpecifications
Voice callTalk with your teammates in Slack.16kHz
Video callTalk or video conference in Slack.1280x760 15 frames/sec.
Screen sharingPresent to others and allow them to draw on your screen if you'd like.1280x720 3 frames/sec.

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