In an apparent attempt to deal with work flow in a social way, Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield has recently launched a new tool - dubbed Slack - which essentially underscores a new approach to collaboration based on Internet Relay Chat.
For employees working on projects, the new Slack tool will provide a number of advantages like messaging, file-sharing and universal search across a number of platforms. The Slack tool will give users the ability to build their own connections, thanks to its integration with a horde of services, such as Google Docs, Dropbox, GitHub, and ZenDesk, among others.
With the key objective behind the Slack tool being a cut down on automated alert emails and channelizing them into a central hub, a ReadWrite report has revealed that the Slack software enables the users to avail the one-on-one messaging, along with topic-wise group chats.
The communication-managing tools of the Slack software - which includes desktop, iOS, and Android apps - have been developed in-house by Butterfield's company. The tools were reportedly developed when the company was building the remarkably well-designed online game Glitch.
Noting that the Slack software is "just focused on communication," Butterfield said: "This is not project management, issue management, bug tracking, or any of those things. It's not something we want to get into, because it's so idiosyncratic and everyone has their own way of how work gets done."