For a working team to become more efficient and to reach peak productivity, communication is key. The larger the team, the more difficult it becomes to ensure that everyone is kept in the loop and that the communication channels are clear at all times. That's where a product like Slack comes in. It's a collaboration platform that puts all of a team's communication in one place, making it instantly searchable and available on the go. Slack's Real Time Messaging API allows developers to embed this real-time chat functionality within clients.
So what can Slack do exactly? Here's a list of the main features:
- Users can create open channels for projects, groups and topics that can be shared by the whole team.
- Within the channels, users can send messages and comments, files, in-line images and video, and rich link summaries and can even integrate with services such as Twitter, Dropbox and Google Drive.
- Slack is able to search entire conversations to find what a user is looking for.
- Autocomplete functionality makes mentioning team members easy.
- There is support for both Apple and Google emoji styles.
- Users can receive notifications on desktops, via mobile push or by email to keep them informed at all times.
- Effective search and archiving functionality means nothing gets lost or forgotten.
Slack's API opens the door for developers to access this functionality and build applications that may integrate more complex services, or that integrate with Slack in more complex ways. The Real Time Messaging API is a WebSocket-based API that makes it possible to send messages as a user and receive events from Slack in real time. Users will need to create an account and obtain authorization tokens for making API calls. Further information and API documentation is available on the website.