CNN: 7 tips to make you a Slack power user

CNN: 7 tips to make you a Slack power user. “If you’re a frequent or even casual user of Slack, you likely know the basics: how to set a status, pin a message, create a new channel or send a gif of a cute puppy or a disappearing Homer Simpson But there are less obvious tips and tricks, from keyboard shortcuts to features like polls, that will make your life easier — and impress your colleagues.”

Mashable: How to use Nextdoor, Facebook, Slack to help neighbors amid coronavirus

Mashable: How to use Nextdoor, Facebook, Slack to help neighbors amid coronavirus. “Like so much of the world right now, helping neighbors at this moment is likely going to require moving some activities online. Mashable spoke with Prakash Janakiraman, co-founder and chief architect at Nextdoor, and Naomi Gleit, vice president of product at Facebook, about how to best support neighbors using each platform. They’re not the only digital tools you can use to help neighbors right now — there are likely creative ways to use almost any platform to help others — but some of Janakiraman and Gleit’s updated tools can fulfill specific neighborly tasks.”

Mashable: Slack has seen a massive surge in users during coronavirus pandemic

Mashable: Slack has seen a massive surge in users during coronavirus pandemic. “The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the working lives of people across the world. Some have taken pay cuts, some have lost their jobs, and many livelihoods are still at risk. But as more and more people work from home under government recommendation, there are also companies that have seen the opposite happen. Slack is one of them.”

BetaNews: Microsoft, Facebook, Slack and others support #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon

BetaNews: Microsoft, Facebook, Slack and others support #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon. “There are numerous technology companies that have agreed to offer their services for free as the world tries to tackle the coronavirus crisis, and others who have taken steps to reduce their strain on the internet. [Today], #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon kicks off, with many of the big names from the world of tech coming together to tackle some of the problems COVID-19 presents.”

The Slack Cheat Sheet: Shortcuts, Commands, and Syntax to Know (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: The Slack Cheat Sheet: Shortcuts, Commands, and Syntax to Know. “If you use Slack at work, you’ll probably agree that its layout and feature set are quite complex. Fortunately, both these elements are well planned and easy to use. But with so much going on in the interface, it’s quite natural to miss out on several features unless you go looking for them specifically.”

Online Journalism Blog: A guide to Slack for journalism students (and lecturers)

Online Journalism Blog: A guide to Slack for journalism students (and lecturers). “For a number of years I’ve been using Slack with students on both the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism, and the MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University. As a new academic year begins, here are some tips I’ve picked up over the years – whether you are a lecturer considering integrating Slack into your teaching, or a student considering using it in a journalism project.”

MakeUseOf: The 7 Best Free Slack Alternatives for Team Communication

MakeUseOf: The 7 Best Free Slack Alternatives for Team Communication. “Slack sits firmly at the top of the online communication platform pile. The instant messaging cum team collaboration workspace has millions of users from businesses and organizations of all sizes. Slack’s success is built upon a simple idea—life is all about communication, and email is no longer suitable for fast-paced working environments. That’s not to say there isn’t a place for email. But email threads become disjointed, tangled messes with multiple respondents. Why waste time when there is a better option available?”

Lifehacker: How To Get Google Assistant To Read Notifications From Third-Party Apps

Lifehacker: How To Get Google Assistant To Read Notifications From Third-Party Apps. “Previously, Google Assistant could only read messages from Android Messages and Google Hangouts aloud — and not very well, either. Now, the sky is the limit: Google Assistant can read your messages from third-party apps such as Slack, WhatsApp, Discord, Telegram, and even Google’s own finicky apps like Google Voice.”

CNN: Slack is ruining my life and I love it

CNN: Slack is ruining my life and I love it. “In the time it took me to type this sentence about Slack, I received more than a dozen messages in a private Slack group and more posts than I can count in several team channels. I typed many words in response to those messages — some of them even borderline good words — but came no closer to completing my job for the day: writing this article about Slack.”

CBR: Three Slack Plugins for WordPress All Suffer Serious Security Flaw

CBR: Three Slack Plugins for WordPress All Suffer Serious Security Flaw. “Industrious French security researcher Robert Baptiste, aka ‘Elliot Alderson’ says he has discovered security flaws in three different WordPress plugins for enterprise collaboration platform Slack. If abused, attackers could gain access to the Slack API and pull information off a team’s Slack channels, create or archive channels, invite users, and even if they felt inclined, make posts themselves.”

Ars Technica: Slack patches vulnerability in Windows client that could be used to hijack files

Ars Technica: Slack patches vulnerability in Windows client that could be used to hijack files. “On May 17, researchers at Tenable revealed that they had discovered a vulnerability in the Windows version of the desktop application for Slack, the widely used collaboration service. The vulnerability, in Slack Desktop version 3.3.7 for Windows, could have been used to change the destination of a file download from a Slack conversation to a remote file share owned by an attacker.”

The productivity pit: how Slack is ruining work (Vox)

Vox: The productivity pit: how Slack is ruining work. “On average, employees at large companies are each sending more than 200 Slack messages per week, according to Time Is Ltd., a productivity-analytics company that taps into workplace programs — including Slack, calendar apps, and the Office Suite — in order to give companies recommendations on how to be more productive. Power users sending out more than 1,000 messages per day are ‘not an exception.’ Keeping up with these conversations can seem like a full-time job. After a while, the software goes from helping you work to making it impossible to get work done.”