Slack’s new update gives you the option of setting your status to whatever you want. This helps to set things in order and keep your co-workers informed of your activities. The latest update is so important that your colleagues no longer need to be worried when next you step out or out on a lunch.
The latest update comes with five default options, reports TNW. These options include, in a meeting, commuting, out sick, vacationing, and working remotely, each accompanied by a relevant emoji. These are just default options, but you can set your customized status up to 100 characters long, along with a custom emoji to give people a picture of what you are up to.
How to set up your customized status: on a desktop, simply click on your name and then ‘Set a status.’ It’s a slightly different thing when setting up your status on mobile—you can do that from “either the ‘…’ menu button or directly within your profile.”
So, it gets even better from there because Slack can also change your status when you make voice or video calls—and this is done automatically by the app. Third-party apps can also set their own custom status’; which makes it real cool.
To give your teammates a quick sense of what you are up to, the emoji appear next to your name in the sidebar. When your colleagues or friends hover over the emoji, they will be able to view your full status.
This update is a welcome one, especially if you view it from the angle of helping people know what you are up to. It kills anxiety if there is a tight project schedule at hand, and everyone is unsure of where you are.
Last January, Slack rolled out a new message thread within the app. The new message thread will enable teams to have more focused conversations inside a new “flex plane,” which appears next to the main chat.
The addition is one of the most requested features, and it signaled the exact direction the chat app is heading to. For project managers and teams, Slack represents the exact tool to help them achieve their goals.
When a member of your team or anyone posts a message in Slack that you want to follow up on [a message that doesn’t apply to anyone else], you can start a detailed discussion on that particular topic by hovering over the message and clicking Start a thread. Once you have clicked ‘start a thread,’ the right sidebar in Slack will open, and you can add your reply.
You can also take part in ongoing thread, but messages with threaded replies will show thumbnails of discussion participants right in the channel, as well as the number of replies posted. You can click through to view the threaded chats in the sidebar.
Slack however, explained that replies to a thread won’t automatically mark the channel as unread or notify you, unless of course, you are directly mentioned. This is to enable you and members of your team can have a focused discussion free interference from others.