Welcome to a new series called Product Tip Tuesday, where we’ll give you a quick use case that you can apply in BetterCloud. We’ll kick things off with a customer favorite: how to automatically clean up empty public Slack channels using BetterCloud.
In Slack, end users and admins can do (and view) some things that might surprise you. From creating public links to files to inviting external users to any public channels, here are five blind spots that you should be aware of.
Have you heard the news? Amazon is interested in potentially buying Slack for $9 billion. Many people seem bewildered by this, but it actually makes perfect sense. Here’s why.
Adopting new technology is far from simple. But when done right, new technology can lead to productivity gains and a distinct competitive advantage. What do technology adoption experts do to ensure success?
IT admins working for companies that use Slack must know that it requires significant IT administration, especially if it’s housing sensitive company data.
Connecting your Google Calendar to Slack is a fantastic way to save time and stay organized. You can get Calendar reminders and updates right inside Slack, eliminating the need to use multiple apps and constantly switch between windows and tabs.
Sure, you can easily share Google Drive files in Slack, but what about Dropbox files? Luckily, that’s super easy to do too.
Here’s a neat trick: You can customize your Slack theme to match your company’s brand colors. It’s a great way to communicate your brand’s visual identity and ensure that your company branding remains consistent across all touch points.
If you struggle to stay informed with the latest news, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a really cool tip that lets you push live news headlines right into Slack using Google Sheets and Apps Script.
Did you catch the news? Microsoft launched their Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams, yesterday. The pace of of innovation in the real-time messaging space over the past 3 years has been incredible. 15 years ago we were all using AIM (right?!) and email. Today it feels like there are at least 10 unique channels through which you can reach anyone in your organization.
Be prepared to take your productivity to the next level. Google’s recent integration with Slack means that now you can share and create Drive files directly in Slack.
Here’s what members of our new Slack community, BetterIT, asked during our first-ever security AMA. BetterIT is a community for leading IT professionals to share ideas, discuss best practices, and talk about the solutions they use every day.
It’s not every day that a company transforms its identity, but when it does, IT plays a central–and often overlooked–role. Find out how Upserve’s IT Operations Leader Adam Codega managed the brand evolution of this growing startup.
Slack is filled with shortcuts and keyboard commands. With the ability to create your own keyboard commands, the possibilities grow even larger. At a certain point I realized I wasn’t going to remember every single keyboard shortcut on the platform, I have boiled them down to the five I actually use on a daily basis
Slack was designed to make communication more efficient and productive. However, when your team starts creating too many channels, it can do the complete opposite. Too much noise and too many conversations to keep track of fosters an atmosphere that slows down your company productivity.
Since there is no one-size-fits-all naming convention, Slack makes it easy to create a set of rules that will be shown to all new users letting them know your company’s policy when it comes to username.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many Slack messages is a single audio call worth? I find that things tend to get done a lot quicker when you can have a real conversation with someone rather than a stream of messages. There is a clarity that just isn’t there in text.
You are probably already familiar with the Slackbot. It is the mysterious automated member of your Slack team that will tell you things like when a message is undeliverable or a new member is added to your team. But did you know that you can program the Slackbot to respond to any command you want?
I have no desire to switch into another system to share these files when I am already doing all of my workplace communication with Slack. The Google Drive Integration for Slack has made it so I can seamlessly use both products together.
Slack has a reputation for replacing emails or at least replacing many aspects of internal emails when implemented at an organization. It is important to keep in mind, that although Slack behaves differently than email, you still need to keep it secure in the same way you secure your domain email accounts.
Maybe you are in charge of security and want to be notified anytime someone uses the word “password” or if you are in HR and want to be notified when certain inappropriate language is used. Rather than spend your day scanning every Slack message to find these mentions, just set up a notifier!
If Slack is going to become an integral part of your office communication, then just like email, security is paramount. In a multidevice world, signing out of Slack only on …
Unlike sending emails, you can actually correct mistakes in Slack messages after you send them. Whether it is an embarrassing typo or you forgot to include a link, fixing the error is easy.
Slack uses emojis as an easy way to react to a message. Think of them as a more expressive version of a Facebook Like or a +1 on Google+. By …
A common misconception about Slack is that it serves as a replacement for Google Hangouts. Although they have some overlapping feature sets, they still have distinctly different use cases and can be used in tandem.
Messages in Slack sometimes feel like they disappear as quickly as they appear. When you are sending something that deserves a bit more staying power, your best option is to …
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how much does information can be conveyed with a gif? Gifs have become a staple of online communication and are often used to express emotions or feelings in ways a textual message can not.
Whether it is a press release or a detailed guide, some things can’t be contained to the formatting of a single Slack message. What many people do not realize is Slack has its own built in word processor for creating long form posts and embedding them into messages.
If you are new to Slack, a channel is like a mix with between a mailing list and a chat room. Usually each channel will have a specific topic, such as “Video Games” or “Marketing Projects”. Channels ensure all Slack conversations can remain focused. Deciding on a topic is the hard part, creating a new channel in Slack is easy.
Since I have started using Slack, I see way higher message traffic than I ever did in my email inbox. The constant notifications can be stressful when I am trying to focus on something else. But did you know that you can set Slack to “Do not Disturb” mode, and not receive any desktop or mobile notifications?
Are you finding that a particular Slack Channel that was once fun and interesting is now a distraction? Whether it is getting filled with irreverent side talk and jokes or if it is just not a topic that still pertains to your job function, it may be time to bow out.
With great power comes great responsibility. I think that saying certainly applies to this tip for Slack Admins. One such great power is the ability to kick disruptive users out …
Although team members should be free to join whichever Slack channels are appropriate for their role and interests, it is a good idea to set a few defaults. Default Slack channels are channels that every team member is automatically a member of as soon as they create an account.
Boasting a plethora of modifiers you never have to worry about not being able to narrow your search. You can find the search bar in the top right corner of any Slack channel and simply hit the plus sign when clicked into the search bar to bring up the search modifiers.
By a show of hands, how many of you have ever needed to quickly poll your coworkers? Maybe it is taking lunch orders for your next meeting or maybe it is a yes or no on a proposal you are making, these fast and easy polls come up constantly in the workplace. If you are using Slack at work, then conducting these polls has never been easier, or more fun than with emoji voting.
Although Slack is replacing email for a number of use cases in offices all over the world, there are still some things that differentiate the two. Most email interfaces contain …
Sender’s remorse happens to everyone. The instant regret you feel after sending a message you shouldn’t have. Luckily, there is a way you can delete your sent messages, as long as it is enabled by your Slack administrator.