Why is Slack so popular?

If you are part of an organization, attend a university, or work in any type of group setting, I’m sure you’ve heard of Slack. The all-in-one platform that does it everything you need and everything you didn’t know you needed. That being said, why is Slack so popular? Those who have used Slack need no explanation; the proof is in the pudding.

The Boring Stuff:

Let me give you some boring numbers before I get into the interesting stuff. From the day of inception in 2013, upwards of 8,000 users signed up for Slack.[1] By the beginning of 2015, 10,000 new users were signing up weekly and, no less than 2 months later, that number reached 200,000 paying customers and 750,000 daily active users.[2] Fast forward to 2019, Slack reached 10 million daily active users from across 600,000 organizations.[3] Ok, good thing that’s over…

What Makes Slack So Great?

If you got anything from those numbers, it was that people love Slack. Slack is a highly engaging platform, and its user truly rely on Slack for most, if not all, of their organizational and communicative needs. Let’s go step-by-step talking about the dependencies that using Slack creates. Communication— Slack serves, most basically, as a highly optimized communication tool. Slack truly helps to facilitate communication between individuals and teams, across remote distances, and by including all forms of media including documents, images, and links. Next, efficiency— because Slack is an all-in-one platform, teams who use Slack highly depend on it. Slack makes it so easy to organize groups by focus or function, and to get what you need done quickly. I, personally, can’t remember the number of times I have scrolled through thousands of irrelevant messages to find the information I needed. That’s why Slack introduced channels to stay organized and establish independent focuses while including files, tools, people. Filter channels by design, analytics, or production to bring clarity to your work.

Why Do You Really Need Slack? Slack in the Real-World:

As companies and universities are shifting towards a virtual work environment, it is optimal that you stay connected with your team, no matter where you are. It can be so hard for students to manage work for each class, group, and organization that they will be a part of during their time at school. Slack’s messaging feature brings together even remote team members and keeps everyone in sync. Organization or group heads can set messages as public or private to communicate with certain team members and reference previous messages to decrease time spent endlessly searching for information. Want a face-to-face with your team? Voice or video chat with any or all members of your team and share your screen to make sure everyone is on the same page. Or, connect Slack to Zoom, Cisco, Microsoft Calls, Google Hangouts, or BlueJeans. This should go without saying, but you shouldn’t have to leave what you’re working on to answer a call. With Slack, it’s as easy as clicking a button to answer a call without leaving your work! No one uses their phone more than a student, and that’s why Slack’s app is optimized for work for your phone, too. When you need to get something done quickly, open up the app and find everything you need. Why would you need anything other than an efficient and high-functioning app that serves all your needs? You don’t; and by now, you probably have Slack (if not, you should).

Who Uses Slack and Why?

Slack’s reception has been highly positive. Slack has 4 general use groups—designers, developers, executives, and business people, all of which love Slack for many reasons. Designers find Slack appealing both visually and to operate by being able to quickly share designs and receive feedback in seconds. Slack’s functional design is perfect everyone, including for those who are not so skilled in technology. Developers love Slack because of the platform’s ability to integrate with several highly popular platforms, API’s (application programming interface), workflows, and too much more to mention. Slack has always made sure to provide developers with the best tools and integrations. Executives truly rely on Slack to help them stay efficient in the 21st century’s digital world and because employees love it. Last, but not least, business people find Slack helpful in staying maintained, connected with others, and up-to-date in this technological world.[4]

A Slack-less World

A world sans Slack is full of sadness, inefficiency, chaos, and confusion. Let’s face it, it’s 2020 and we’ve long been immersed in the technological world which does not seem to be slowing down. Email is over, group chats are annoying, and there is absolutely no need to have more than one platform for all your teamwork or academic needs. I know it, you know it, and Slack knows it.