OK, if you haven’t heard of it before Slack is kinda like IRC, kinda like Dropbox, kinda like a lot of things – it’s a neat place to bring together communications between your team or community, and the integrations allow you to pipe in external feeds like twitter activity or RSS. It’s a great way of collaborating online and I’ve found it especially useful not just within a company but within a global community.
I belong to a number of Slack groups which some of you may be interested in joining:
- SQL Server Community is all about the Microsoft Data Platform and dog pics (that may just be me )
- satRdays for talking about satRdays including developing the site, events, etc
- Rest Azured is for talking Azure and is primarily a troubleshooting community with a bunch of active Azure MVPs helping out
- Cardiff Dev for talking tech and having a laugh, aimed at local Cardiff techies
- Confhouse for discussing events you’re organising and getting advice off fellow organisers
These are just a selection of the groups I’m involved in and it’s been extremely helpful extending my network outside of twitter in a more collaborative format. There are lots of community slack groups out there and I recommend you give Slack a go by finding some groups that fit your interests. If one of the above isn’t your jam, there a number of Slack directories out there, but my current favourite is Slofile. If like me you have a lot of Slack teams you belong to then I recommend you start using Franz, which if nothing else arrays Slack channels horizontally which works extremely well on my XPS13’s aspect ratio.
Have fun Slacking folks!
PS Any Slack communities you’d recommend for me to join?