Cool Tech Tool: Slack.com

Slack logoSlack.com is a communications platform for teams.  If your nonprofit structures its work using teams and/or projects, Slack is a great solution to streamline your communications.  Slack might be for your organization if:

  • You email back and forth frequently and the email threads go so deep you lose track of conversations.
  • Communications are fractured between email, phone, IM, paper, etc.
  • It’s difficult to keep all team or project members in the loop without overwhelming everyone involved with messages.

Slack organizes teams, projects or topics into “channels” which can be open or private.  Direct messages are also possible within the platform.

File sharing is built into Slack as well, and can be synchronized with popular file sharing services such as Google Drive, Dropbox or Box.com.

The free version of Slack is sufficient for many smaller organizations, giving you the ability to search the 10,000 most recent messages, 5 GB of file storage space and up to 10 app integrations.  Beyond that, Slack’s Standard Plan starts at $8/user per month.  Best of all, eligible nonprofit organizations can apply for a free upgrade to the paid service.

Learn more at www.slack.com.

As an example, here’s a screenshot of Cindy Leonard’s Slack.com message archive page for the NetSquared group in which she participates:

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