If you’re the type of superfan who likes to get the most out of their Slack experience, a new update should help you connect with your team more than ever before.
The collaboration platform has announced that it will introduce thread type indicators so that users know exactly when their colleagues or friends are replying.
The update, which reflects what is already happening in Slack channels, was revealed on Twitter by Johnny Rodgers, principal software engineer at Slack, and is now rolling out to users around the world to enjoy.
Slack says the change should help users focus on the conversations they value most, especially in large companies where users may be part of many channels and conversations.
But if you’re not a fan, they can be turned off by going to the preferences menu, where in the “Messages & Media” section, users can uncheck the box next to “Show information about who’s currently typing a message.”
The update is the latest in a series of upgrades made by Slack as it appears to help users get more out of the platform.
Other recent additions include the ability to initiate quick video chats in Slack Huddles, the makeshift meeting tool, in addition to audio calls. It also added multi-person screen sharing, emojis and comments, and message threads that extend to the associated channel after the conversation ends.
The company also recently launched a new version of the Slack Workflow Builder, the tool that allows any employee to automate their workflows without having to wait for overworked development teams or write the code themselves.
The launches come after a recent study by Slack found that many workplace leaders are feeling the pressure of the “new normal” and are leaning on “old habits” to compensate. Overall, hybrid and remote workers were 52% more likely to say their company’s culture has improved over the past two years, with flexible work policies as the top reason. As a result, 11% reported better work-life balance, 25% less stress and 6% higher productivity.
Via The Verge (opens in new tab)