Slack’s search functions are getting another little update today with the introduction of filters, which aims to make search a little grainier to find the right answers.
The company also says searches are going to be more personalized. All of this is an effort to get to the right files or conversations quickly as Slack — a simple collection of group chats and channels that can get out of hand very fast — something a little more palatable. As companies get bigger and bigger, the amount of information that ends up in it will grow faster and faster.
Users in Slack can now filter search results by channels and also the kinds of results they are looking for, like files. You can go a little more granular than that, but that’s the general gist of it, as Slack tries to limit the changes to what’s happening in front of users. Slack threads, for example, were in development for more than a year before the company finally rolled out the long-awaited feature.
Slack now has around 8 million daily active users, with 3 million paid users, and is still clearly pretty popular with smaller companies that are looking for something simpler than the more robust — and complex — communications tools on the market.
However there are startups trying to pick away at other parts of the employee communications channels, like Slite, who aims towards simpler notes tool in the same vein as Slack but for different parts of the employee experience.
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