“…but one of the things I’m excited to announce and THIS IS happening as of today. Is that for the first time we’re gonna experiment in eleven years. We’re not using IRC as our primary communication method. We’re gonna try a little tool from a company here in San Francisco called Slack.

Actually, Automattic’s been using Slack entirely for a few months and it’s been transformative for the company.”

A few minutes later there were already more people there than in the IRC.

Three months have passed since this announcement at WCSF14 State of the Word, and the number of channels are growing. Like previously, chats on WordCamps were discussed in the polyglots channel, but now it just has something on its own (events).

There are many fun things you can learn there and you’ll also be updated of what’s going on with WordPress and the folks behind it.


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Yesterday Screenhero announced in their blog that they’ve joined Slack:

Slack and Screenhero are both changing the way teams work together, which is why joining forces made so much sense to us.

One of the coolest things is that collaboration tools collaborate with each other too! It’s as if we’re Bowman, and Slack is our HAL 9000.

A mail from Screenhero says, “Screenhero is free for all existing users. Signups for new accounts, however, have been limited to: paid users of Slack, and people invited by existing Screenhero users. “

When asked whether we will have Screenhero features on WordPress Slack, “nothing will change” according to Screenhero support team. Perhaps there will be some updates on this in the future, as it would be so much cooler to share screens and do more things together on WordPress Slack.


Photo credit: Stéfan

Leland Fiegel’s WPChat is also a great hangout place for… you’ve guessed it — of course, chats on anything WordPress, yo!

It’s been around for five months now, and things get pretty interesting there. A few days ago they had Justin Tadlock to have the first shot on AMA (Ask Me Anything). It was a great one, and so it will be followed by Tom McFarlin AMA on the 23rd of February. 

When you answer another person’s question, it’s a form of collaboration too! And places for these include wordpress.org forums,  WordPress StackExchange and Reddit, etc.

If you’re the type who enjoys reading, chatting, learning and alike, then give these a try. On top of that, if you’re into collaboration, well then you definitely have to check them out.

When you walk alone, you’ll be extinct. Life is not a solo act, but a band. It’s a cosmic collaboration and collaboration is the best way to work. You’re surrounded by people with an open box of skills to offer across the screen.