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You might not know what Slack is, but for many large companies – including MakeUseOf – it’s replacing email for internal communications. If you want to see where the web is going, you need to try it out.

People really love Slack, but it’s hard to fully explain why. At first it seems like a glorified chat room, but use it for a while and you’ll see there’s much more. It makes group communication easier Slack Makes Group Communication Faster and Easier Slack Makes Group Communication Faster and Easier Group emails can really kill productivity. It's time to put mail clients to rest and use collaboration services like newly launched Slack. Read More  (particularly brainstorming) by letting conversations flow naturally. It works well as a project management tool How To Use Slack For Project Management With These Simple Tips How To Use Slack For Project Management With These Simple Tips With Slack's clever set of features and distraction-free UI, the platform can double up as a project management tool for many people. Learn how to set it up as your online personal assistant. Read More . It makes it easy for people to leave conversations they’re not interested in.

Best of all, though, Slack can interface with just about any app you can imagine in surprisingly useful ways. We’ve outlined plenty of Slack tips Get More out of Slack With These 7 Tips Get More out of Slack With These 7 Tips With a clever user interface, Slack makes a potentially complex workflow simple and intuitive. It has redefined communication. Make better use of Slack with these tips. Read More , but today Cool Websites and Apps is going to point out a few integrations every Slack fan will love. Let’s get started.

Clicky (Chrome): Post Links to Any Channel in One Link

Sharing links quickly is one of the best part of Slack – the program shows your co-workers a preview, and in some cases will even embed everything. Clicky makes sharing this even faster. This Chrome extension lets you share the current open page as a link in just two clicks.

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It’s simple, sure, but it saves you having to copy the URL and paste it. If you use Slack to share and discuss links, you need to know about this one.

Notify: Be Notified When Your Site or Startup is Mentioned Online

Of course, why paste links manually if you can make a bot do it for you? Notify lets you know when specified keywords are mentioned on Tumblr, Hacker News, Reddit and more.

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Set the keyword to be your company’s name and you’ve got a powerful way to monitor who is talking about you. We implemented this for MakeUseOf and quickly found all sorts of people linking to our articles on Tumblr – some even in other languages. It’s useful for us, and could be for you.

Slack List: Find Great Communities

Slack isn’t just a great way to communicate with co-workers – it’s also a great tool for socializing. If you’d like to meet great people who share your interests, Slack List is a great way to find communities worth joining.

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Take a look and see if you find anything interesting – you just might find a group worth joining, and have a few great conversations.

SupportKit for Slack

Talking with your team is great, but what if you could use Slack to talk to the people who visit your site or use your app? SupportKit, a tool for adding chat rooms to apps, can now connect directly to Slack.

With this set up your entire team can react to questions your would-be customers might have. If you want to make a good impression with users, this is well worth checking out.

Slacker (Web): Post To Slack as Bender, Vader and More

And now for something completely pointless These 5 Websites Are Completely Pointless & You'll Love Them These 5 Websites Are Completely Pointless & You'll Love Them Seriously: all of these apps are stupid, and you shouldn't bother to read about them. But you will. Read More : a way to join conversations on Slack as your favorite fictional characters. Slacker is a website that can post to any Slack chatroom – posts will appear to come from a variety of characters.

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This isn’t worth much more than the occasional joke, but it can be a pretty joke if you use it properly. The best part: while your co-workers will obviously figure out that a real life Doge isn’t talking to them, they won’t necessarily know it’s you. Please enjoy responsibly.

What Are Your Favorite Slack Add-Ons?

As Slack’s popularity continues to grow you’re going to see even more integrations like this. For my part, I found a few I couldn’t fit in this column:

People keep building great things around this platfroms; there’s even an unofficial Slack app for Linux Linux-Loving Slack Users: Here's an App For You! Linux-Loving Slack Users: Here's an App For You! Get a working Slack client for Ubuntu, complete with notifications and an independent icon. ScudCloud is the unofficial Slack client Ubuntu users have been looking for. Read More . I want to know what you’ve found. What’s the best Slack tool you’ve found, and how do you use it? Let’s chat in the comments below.

  1. Saweedan Setawata
    May 26, 2015 at 9:50 am

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