Most communications in Slack take place in public channels, but plenty of situations involve just one or two other people. For those, Slack provides direct message conversations, which can be one-on-one or serve a group of up to nine people. Once you know how to work in channels, conversations are easy.
In Chapter 7, “Conduct Direct Message Conversations,” Glenn Fleishman gets in and out quickly, explaining how to start, continue, and end a conversation. In the middle, you’ll also learn how to change the participants in a conversation (and what the repercussions of doing so are) and share files privately.
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