Earlier this week, we blogged about how Slack is taking the world by storm, and how it’s increased productivity here at Owler. If you use Slack, you’ll know the app itself is only a small part of its functionality. Available to you are hundreds of integrations that, depending on the size of your team and your use of Slack, will significantly help your communication.
Here’s a list of some of the Slack integrations we use everyday here at Owler.
If you work in design, online product, marketing, or just on the internet in general, you’ll want this application. Let’s say you find a design error on your website- you take a screenshot, which saves to your desktop (that eventually looks like this), you open an external program to add annotations, save the image, attached a description in Slack and then send the image. Sound familiar? It’s a tedious process- until now.
If you Use Google Drive in your company to save, share and access files from anywhere, this integration is for you. To set up, just copy and paste a shareable drive link in Slack:
From now on, Slack will read and index the files (it does not store them) so they are easily retrievable.
With so many conversations going on, reminders in Slack is a life-saver. If there is a task or message you need to follow up on, you can set a Slackbot reminder in any channel. Simple: /remind me to (message) in (time)
Create polls, assign tasks, and schedule messages- need to send a message to your co-workers in India? This is a great way to ensure messages are delivered at appropriate times. Can’t decide where to go for team lunch? You can quickly set a poll and get easy results.
Newly acquired by Google to join their Spaces messaging team, Kifi is one of the top apps by Slack developers. Use it to manage, save and search links in your messages. Slack is great for instant open communication, yet we’ve all found ourselves scrolling back through channels looking for a link, or needing to ask a coworker to resend something. It’s not only a little irritating but also wastes time. Kifi captures the links and ‘keeps’ them in their directory, and then fully indexes the web pages so you can do a deep dive search. Note: Due to its integration with Google, it is no longer taking new applicants at this time.