The full text of Glenn Fleishman’s book about how use the Slack group messaging system, released chapter by chapter for TidBITS members. If you’re a member, log in using your TidBITS account (click My Account on the left) to be able to read everything beyond the first chapter. The final book is available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) versions; TidBITS members can save 30% on this and all other Take Control titles (start at your Member Benefits page to get the discount).
If you’re looking for a way for a group — a work team, club, or even family — to stay in touch through Internet messaging, check out Slack and our new book explaining how to use it. We even have a public Slack group you can join to talk about Slack and anything related to Apple.
In this kickoff chapter, Glenn Fleishman provides an overview of the popular Slack messaging service and what sets it apart from previous solutions. He also runs through what readers can expect to see in future chapters of the book.
Your first steps with Slack revolve around being invited to a team and then getting started with the appropriate Slack apps. Along with Slack’s core Web app, the service has native apps for desktop and mobile platforms. Remember, everyone is welcome to join our public SlackBITS group!
Setting up a Slack team is easy, but there are a few things that are best to think about before you start working through the process. In this chapter previewing the start of “Take Control of Slack Admin,” Glenn Fleishman walks you through the basics and explains the difference between free and paid teams.