Take Control of Slack Basics
Use Slack to communicate effectively with your group and avoid being swamped!
Publisher: TidBITS / Take Control Books
Final Release Date: May 2016
Pages: 185

The Slack group messaging system can be overwhelming, but with Glenn Fleishman's real-world advice, new users can come up to speed quickly, and more experienced users will find numerous techniques for participating more efficiently.

Slack is all about communication, so you'll learn how to write, edit, and react to messages; use snippets, posts, and audio calls to collaborate with team members; and create and manage both channels and direct message conversations.

You'll also see how to configure Slack's flexible notification system so you're alerted appropriately but not nagged. Plus, Glenn covers how to search old messages effectively, how to make Slack your control center by centralizing reports from other services via integrations, and numerous techniques for improving your productivity in (and with) Slack.

Questions answered for you in this book include:

  • How do people find and enter those little emoji icons in messages?
  • Is there any way to edit the message I just posted so I can fix a mistake?
  • Are there more channels in my Slack team? How do I find them?
  • What does it mean when names in the sidebar are bold or italic?
  • What do the numbers next to channel or conversation names indicate?
  • How can I reduce the number of notifications I get on my iPhone?
  • Can I have Slack send me email for important notifications?
  • How private are direct messages? What about private channels?
  • What, exactly is Slackbot, and why is it talking to me?
  • How do I find old conversations from last month?
  • What techniques can I employ to be more productive in Slack?
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Helpful and an easy read

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    Comments about oreilly Take Control of Slack Basics:

    It is easy to find information and the writing is easy-to-follow too. I've been using Slack for months but haven't taken time to do more than the simplest messaging. This book starts with basic information a beginner will find helpful and moves into more detail. It covers commands invoked using the forward slash key (which I wasn't aware of), it explains the differences between channels, direct messages, and posts; and it covers the differences between the free and paid versions of the product. (I knew there were limitations on the number of messages available to users of the free version but the book also noted the limitations on storage used for things like documents and posts.)

    The one area that I'd like to know more about are integrations. The Basic book covers integrations and the Admin book provides more information; however I am not sure I have a good understanding -- probably a sign of my limitations, not the book's. Slack promotes dozens of available integrations. I'd like to know more about how integrations are useful and the difference between an integration and the target app. Is an integration simply a way to send commands to the app from Slack's text box or is there more to it? I should note that I added two integrations after reading the books so the book was helpful with the "how-to".

    Readers of the book also get information how to join a Slack group operated by the book's authors where you can find more information on how others use Slack or to chat with the authors. This is a handy benefit!

    I bought both the Basic & the Admin book with my own funds. I did not get free copies and have received no compensation for this review. In summary, I'm glad I bought the books!

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