Slack – a NEO STC member-exclusive!

Did you know that we have so much going on in one place, and it’s only for NEO STC members? Check out what’s inside:

  • Job listings throughout all of Ohio!
  • Be in the know!
    • Chapter announcements
    • Event announcements
    • Registration links
    • Event reminders
  • Feed from STC’s Notebook blog
    • Did you even know that STC has a Notebook blog? Well, now you don’t even have to look for it. It shows up in the STC channel in Slack!
  • Feed from Intercom and Technical Communication
    • Been ‘meaning’ to get around to reading those articles? Yeah. Me too. Now, Slack’s feed from STC puts them all in one place. Summaries of articles help me know which articles to read first.
    • AND I can scroll through just that channel to find anything STC has announced.
  • General channel for Tech Comm-related questions
    • Have a burning question about publishing? Page size, tech comm tools, how to work better?
    • This is a no-pressure environment. The greatest minds in the chapter are here and ready to connect with you.
  • Just for fun – a Random channel for watercooler fun. Post a fun picture, a cartoon, or anything that’s on your mind (just keep it clean folks).

What’s so great about all the announcements in Slack vs. email or Constant Contact?

  1. Slack serves as a quick reminder
  2. You don’t have to ‘mark unread’ to think about reading it later
  3. You can talk back – post questions – and get answers!

You might be asking: “Isn’t this another thing I have to learn how to use, log in, and remember yet another password?” I had that same concern. “What’s wrong with email,” I said. “I don’t want to have to remember to log in to another place!” Perhaps these points will allay some of your concerns:

  • You will have to log in initially
  • We have a video, so you can learn how our chapter uses Slack
  • If you download the desktop app, it automatically loads when you boot your computer. No more logging in. And when there’s something new happening, the icon will “glow” to notify you. If you get ‘tagged’ in Slack, the app will gently ‘knock’ on your screen. The icon will post the number of messages directed at you. And you can look at them whenever you feel like it.
  • If you download the phone app, it works similarly to the desktop app (above). You will have to open the app on your phone (and have and internet connection) to see what’s going on.

Here’s what users are saying:

  • “I love Slack. It’s so easy.”
  • “Finally looking at Slack – it’s sweet!”
  • “Slack feature discovery: You can edit messages if you make a mistake”
  • “…the desktop app… is really awesome”
  • “I really like Slack because I’m given the chance to interact with other people in NEO STC that I wouldn’t otherwise have the need/opportunity to talk to.”
  • “I love how I can follow and interact with both groups from this desktop app.” (re: belonging to other Slack groups)
  • “Receiving Slack notifications for all your posts on Android. Nice feature.”
  • “The mobile app is great!”
  • “I’m on the desktop app now, and it’s nice!”

Now that you’re convinced, contact Tricia Spayer to receive your invitation.

Check out the downloads page (Slack for Windows) https://slack.com/downloads/windows

The above link also has iPhone, Android, and Windows phone links.

Learn more about our chapter’s Slack page on our web site.

What are you waiting for? Come and Slack with us!!

By Tricia Spayer