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February 13, 2014

Slack Improves Team Communication, Searches

Program Reduces Clutter And Enables Smoother, Simpler Searches

A new program, launched Wednesday, aims to reduce clutter and enable users to easily search for information in their systems.

Slack, from the co-founder of Flickr, will draw files from myriad formats ranging from Twitter to GoogleDrive and store them in an easy-to-find platform. The idea is to reduce time wasted by users looking for a file.

“Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack,” the website for the program states.

Slack was created by San Francisco-based Tiny SpeckTiny Speck and indexes contents of every file. By creating channels, users are able to search for files using topic searches or project searches.

With so many other platforms and programs being compatible with Slack it is possible the program will grow in the coming months.

The goal is for employers to use the system and rely on it rather than inter-office e-mail or instant messaging. The program should improve communication and file searching in a busy environment.

“Create open channels for the projects, groups and topics that the whole team shares,” the website boasts. “Channels increase transparency by putting knowledge in everyone’s hands. Discoverability, complete history and search across all channels is built in. Channels include messages, files and comments, inline images and video, rich link summaries and integration with the services you use everyday, like Twitter, Dropbox and Google Drive.”

Adding to the appeal is the fact Slack can sync with a user’s desktop, iPhone, iPad or Android device.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.