How to use Slack

 

Create a new Team

  • Select someone from your group to be the Slack point person. It could be the group leader or someone else who is technologically inclined.

  • Go to https://slack.com

  • Click on ‘Create a new team’ on the upper right corner of the page.

  • Enter your email address. A confirmation code will be sent to that email. You must enter the code to continue.

  • Enter your first and last name, and create a username and password for yourself

  • On “What will your team use slack for?” select “Shared interest group”, and then select the size of your group (1-10 people or 11-50 people). Click on ‘Continue to group name’.

  • Enter your group name as it appears on the Good Neighbor Team Agreement (Ex: First Baptist GNT), and then click ‘Continue to Team URL’.

  • Create a URL using your Good Neighbor Team name, if that name is already taken select the one that resembles it the most and that you think would be easy for other team members and World Relief staff to find and associate with your assigned Good Neighbor Team name.

  • After you have read and accepted the terms and conditions enter the email addresses of other team members to send them an invitation to join the newly create Slack team. Now you are all connected in the same team!

  • To invite more people at a later date go to the menu on the left and click on ‘Invite people’ under Direct Messages. Enter their email address to send them an invitation.

 

Joining your Slack Team

  • The Slack point person for your Good Neighbor Team must email you an invitation to join the Slack team. You can only join the team by invitation! After you have received the invitation do the following:

    • Click on join now

    • Enter your first and last name, and create a username and password for yourself.

    • After you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions you will be directed to the team’s page.

    • It is highly recommended to go through the tutorials to learn the basics about Slack and its applications.

  • To sign into your slack team:

    • Enter your team’s URL on the search bar.

    • Enter the email and password you used to create your Slack account after you received an invitation to join a team.

 

Communicate with other team members

  • Communication happens through Channels which help you organize your team’s conversations by topic, group, or specific project. All team members are in the #general channel which serves as a tool for team-wide communication. The channel #random is for any non-work-related topic, all team members are on this channel as well.

  • You can also create a new channel by clicking on the ‘ + ‘ on the right of  ‘Channels’. Select whether the new channel will be public (any team member can join) or private (members can only join by invitation).

  • To send a message to all team members: on the menu bar on the left look under ‘Channels’ and click on ‘# general’. Type the message in the message box. Use @everyone before typing the message and all team members will get an instant notification on their app.

    • You can tag a team member in a conversation using the @ symbol (Ex: @JohnDoe).

  • To send a direct message: on the menu bar on the left look under ‘Direct Messages’ and click on the name of the person you wish to communicate with. Type the message in the message box. Only the selected person will be able to see that message.

  • To share a file that is saved to your computer: After you have selected the receiver, go to the message box and click on the ‘ + ‘ that is found on the left. Select ‘Your computer’.

 

3 ways to use Slack

  • There are several ways in which you can stay connected to your Slack and get the latest updates.

    • Through the web page: Go to the specific web address for your team’s Slack account and log in to access your account.

    • Use the desktop application: on the menu on the left, click on the team’s name. At the bottom of the drop down menu that appears click on ‘Open the Slack App’. You will be redirected to a new page where you can download the app for free.

    • Use the smartphone application: Search ‘Slack’ in the app store on your smartphone, Select the app Slack- Business Communication by Slack Technologies, Inc.