The Top 5 Slack Apps to Streamline Your Team Communication

August 1, 2017

10:50 am

Slack has taken the tech community by storm. But once the novelty has worn off, and you’re a pro at navigating everything from the slackbot to your personal favorite selection of giphy gifs, you may want to consider adding these five Slack apps from the communication services’s App Directory.

1: Simple Poll 

This app allows you to run a quick poll. If you format your post correctly — starting with /poll and adding the different poll answers in quote marks following your question — you’ll produce a quick poll that automatically offers “1”, “2”, and “3” options as clickable number emoji below your question, allowing your entire team to quickly come to a decision.

2: WorkingOn

Here’s how they describe it:

“WorkingOn is a minimalistic progress tracker for teams. When team members post their updates to WorkingOn, the Slack integration publishes these updates to a dedicated channel. This offers another way to see what is happening in real time, be motivated by the work being done, avoid project duplication, and chime in to offer help. “

If your team falls behind on projects or overlaps them too often, this app can keep everyone on track.

3: Marker

This app lets you easily paste a screenshot into Slack with just a few clicks. It’s great for teams that often need to quickly capture exactly what a customer is complaining about or just what a section of code looks like.

4: Tettra

This bot lets you build an internal wiki full of sensitive company information that you’ll want at your fingertips, but can’t risk turning to yet another new site for.

5: Google Hangouts

Every techies’ favorite free video call service (sorry, Skype) is available on Slack with one click: Just get this app and then type /hangout into a channel to produce a link that can take any other member of your team into an instant hangout to hash out a problem or just touch base.

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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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