- [Instructor] To log into a team that already exists, simply go to slack.com and choose sign in. There's a link at the top. There's also one here at the middle of the page. You'll be asked to provide the workspace or domain for your team's slack and in our case that's kineteco. Make sure you spell it right. If you don't know your URL and you've been in previously, you can click your define your workspace, provide your email address and you'll get an email with a list of your workspace URLs for that email.
But I do know my workspace. I'm going to click continue. Now it's possible I know the workspace because someone sent me a link and all of this is more than you need to know because you've just clicked a link. Notice that it says enter your email address and password and this is how I log in. I just enter my information because this isn't my first time in to KinetEco slack. However, if I don't have an account here I can create one. Notice further down, if you have a KinetEco.info email address, you can create an account.
What you'll do is click here and fill in your information. So this is first time in and notice the KinetEco.info is already there I don't get to enter a gmail address or something else and while I already have an account, my friend Joe Blickman doesn't. That's her email. I'm going to click create account. I told her I'm gonna do this and an email is winging its way to her. There's a link in it that will allow her to complete sign up and if she doesn't have a slack password already, to create a password.
However, after the first time that you create your account, all you need to do is simply provide your email address and password and that is exactly what I am going to do. I'm going to tell it to remember me. Notice if you forgot your password or which email you used to get in, helping links, and I'm going to click sign in to my slack workspace for KinetEco. Let's talk about some of the features of slack.
On the left hand side, this is my KinetEco workspace. If I click this dropdown arrow then I have access to my profile, my status, my information, information about KinetEco. Because I'm an administrator I can manage different instances. I can sign into another workspace and sign out of KinetEco. All of that is right here on this KinetEco dropdown. If I click my name, I get to see the same thing again. Below this on the left hand side, I have a list of what are called channels.
A channel is a specific conversation space in slack. I can tell that I have some new messages in some of my channels because the channel name is bold. When I entered I'm on the general channel and this is where everyone is a member and we have company wide announcements, but if I want to move from one channel to the next, I can click if I wish and clicking on another channel moves me to that channel. Let me go look at random. Notice that I have new messages and it shows me the line.
Every message above this is new because I haven't been in the channel and I haven't read it. Below channels I have direct messages. These are conversations that I'm having with one other person. Or a small group of people. Up to eight. So if I want to launch a conversation with someone using direct message, I can do that and if I want to provide information to myself I can direct message myself and we'll talk more about that later. It's not always a bad thing to talk to yourself in slack.
I'm going to return to the general channel. At the bottom of the page I have an input box. This is where I would enter a message that I want to send to other people that are in this particular channel. When I go to the top of the page, I have the name of the channel and if I click it, notice that I can jump to a particular day, invite new members to join, view channel details, which will appear, again, in the sidebar. I have other options, notification preferences and so on.
So this portion of my page to the right of the task pane on the left is actually all about this channel. I choose the channel I want from my list on the left and I drop into the channel and then this is my channel information. This is the channel header. I can see details about the channel. I can change some channel settings. I can search in the channel. I can show activity in the channel and I can show items that have been starred in the channel.
Three particular items. The star over here at the left is to star this channel which effectively moves it to the top of the list of my channels. It makes it a favorite. Some shortcuts that you might want to know throughout slack and then here in the upper right hand corner I have what's new and this is what's new in case I missed it, which I did. This is information coming not from my team but from slack about the new features of slack.
Additionally on the right hand side in addition to showing activity and showing starred items, I have one more choice, which is more items. My files, all files, the directory for this workspace, help, what's new and keyboard shortcuts. We will be coming back to many of these features during this course. There are shortcuts to move to many of the different sections of a slack channel. We'll talk about those shortcuts later in the course as we are using slack. If you are on a public computer, it would be a good practice to sign out.
I'm going to click the header for my workspace and choose sign out of KinetEco to sign out. But I'm going to simply stay logged in and I hope you will too. I'll see you in the next movie.
- Identify how to login to Slack workspaces.
- Distinguish different types of Slack channels.
- Describe methods of setting your status.
- Explain uses of different types of channels and Slack communications.
- Choose the best way to communicate across the company.
- Describe where communications are stored in Slack.
- Explain the relationship between messaging and channels.
- Compare and contrast storage methods in Slack and storage apps.
- Identify workspace creation and configuration tasks.