Slack is the latest enterprise social network from Flickr co-founder

By Shawn Knight
Aug 14, 2013
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  1. A new enterprise social network is looking to compete with the Convos, HipChats, Socialcasts and Yammers of the world. Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield on Wednesday launched Slack as a platform that encourages co-workers to converse, collaborate on projects and share...

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  2. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TechSpot Booster Posts: 191   +13

    I'd like to see if this makes even the first year. Everyone already has Facebook and Twitter or Myspace. Then they have professional social media sites like LinkedIn. Making another business oriented social media site will not go well over. I can bet you that much. And nothing can get back and forth faster than email. Heck offices even put up some kinda source of instant messanger so people can communicate quickly within the office if things are slammed and can't call or walk over to communicate something. I do not see this going far.
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 962   +98

    I don't like its brand name, nice concept and great UI but as RenGood said, I doubt it will go big. It will go for more then a year, funding is there.
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  4. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TechSpot Booster Posts: 191   +13

    Yeah I just don't see it. They might have the funding. But not as much as Facebook,Twitter, and LinkedIn do.
  5. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    It doesn't really matter, you have to start somewhere and if Slack brings value to other companies then I don't see why they wouldn't be in good business. If you would need as much money as any of the companies you mentioned then all startups are doomed. And by the way LinkedIn is a totally different social network than Slack, which is meant to be used to communicate within employees while LinkedIn is really more for recruiting.

    I work for Yammer and haven't really used email for business in about 3 months and every time I have to use email to communicate with someone I feel like I am going back in time. When you have most platforms (Web, Desktop, iOS, Android) covered a solution like Slack, Yammer, Hipchat et al can be as fast or faster than email. When you have multiple offices across the globe being able to communicate openly will get you better/faster answers than when you talk one to one via email with someone on another timezone, because more people can be involved in the conversation.

    Email is great for what it is but it really doesn't scale for bigger businesses since most conversations happen in private and there's no good way to involve the whole company without spamming everybody.
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  6. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,536   +92

    "Slack", too many negative work connotations in the UK even if the idea is to "pick up the slack". I can see this being dismissed as soon as the name is heard. The overall product looks like it could be quite good.

    I agree with Mario. Personally in the company I work for we have our own messaging system, tickiing system, software development management system, and wikis. Still use email quite a bit but not nearly as much as we used too. Emails are now usually for sending information that isn't going to develop into a conversation.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,954   +726

    Remember even the mighty can fall. Facebook and their like aren't going to be around forever. Lets see what Slack brings to the party, not that I'm all that interested.
  8. StoneSTL

    StoneSTL Newcomer, in training

    The comparisons to Facebook and other social media sites don't apply if Slack is an ESN ("network" vs. "media"). The better comparison is the author's noted "Convos, HipChats, Socialcasts and Yammers" (and Telligent, Lithium, IBM Connections, JIve, Mango Apps, Evoq Social, etc.etc.etc.). These are systems to be used by companies for employee to employee, employee to customer, and customer to customer (and in some cases "intra-trade") communications. There are over 1,600 different content management systems out there, so you can assume there's going to be a similar slew of ESNs. Whether Slack ever catches on enough to be a real player remains to be seen, but Facebook's success or failure shouldn't have anything to do with it.
  9. StoneSTL

    StoneSTL Newcomer, in training

    Not sure where that image link came from (and don't like that I can't delete the mistake). Here's my full comment...

    The comparisons to Facebook and other social media sites don't apply if Slack is an ESN ("network" vs. "media"). The better comparison is the author's noted "Convos, HipChats, Socialcasts and Yammers" (and Telligent, Lithium, IBM Connections, JIve, Mango Apps, Evoq Social, etc.etc.etc.). These are systems to be used by companies for employee to employee, employee to customer, and customer to customer (and in some cases "intra-trade") communications. There are over 1,600 different content management systems out there, so you can assume there's going to be a similar slew of ESNs. Whether Slack ever catches on enough to be a real player remains to be seen, but Facebook's success or failure shouldn't have anything to do with it.
  10. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,536   +92

    The image link is usually text translated into smilies, for some reason the news comment stream shows it as a link, whereas the forum software displays it correctly :)
  11. StoneSTL

    StoneSTL Newcomer, in training

    That's fricking annoying (plus confusing -- why does it think quotes with a closed parentheses is a smiley, shouldn't it be a colon anyway (I don't use emoticons, but really?)
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  12. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17


    That's probably a bug and I'll tell Julio about it so they can fix it.


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