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Other Slack groups require a Git Hub link to prove coding chops.

That won’t stop some people, like Morris, who actively participates in eight different Slack chats, from using it that way. “People created this consumer usecase that [Slack] didn’t intend.”That sort of accidental innovation in a word? October 31, 2017Fall is a season of giving for many Canadian employers ............................................................................“Everyone is already in Slack all day and it’s the easiest to set up,” says Eric Willis, who started a Slack group for the startup discovery app Product Hunt.“It’s just the least amount of friction for everyone involved.”He says the group, called Maker Hunt, now has about 850 members who exchange more than 10,000 messages per week.Communities on Facebook and Twitter don’t have this sense of insider cohesiveness, and to participate in them, one needs to “post” something, which has an air of formality that Slack’s group chat does not.

“When you think of something like Facebook, you’re composing a post,” says Curtis Herbert, who set up a Slack for the Philadelphia chapter of a group for Mac and i OS developers called Cocoa Heads. Something like Slack, you’ll throw something out there like you’re talking with somebody at a bar.

Part of the draw is that, unlike IRC, a chat protocol commonly used for chatting around interests, there’s some ability to curate the group, which creates a sense of exclusivity that is missing from forum boards.

In order to join the Maker Hunt group, for instance, potential members need to verify that they’ve posted a product to Product Hunt.

Every day, 750,000 workers log into enterprise chat software Slack to communicate with colleagues.

Todd Kennedy, a 37-year-old CTO at a software startup, also uses the service–to talk with his wife, Julie. And it’s always open.”This is a very odd way for someone to talk about enterprise software.

Yes, there’s a Slack for dating, though it’s unclear how many people participate, and the group did not invite me to join after I signed up, a process that involved–like an old AOL chat room A/S/L inquiry–merely reporting my first name, gender, and age.