Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video Reacting to a message, part of Learning Slack.
- There are several ways that I can react to a message based on whether I think it's important just for me, important for the entire group, whether I want to do something like "Like" it, like in some of the other social products, or whether I want to be able to quote this here or somewhere else. So let's look first at how I would say, I want to keep track of this item. You can think of this as creating a to-do list or just simply tracking messages that you want to get back to.
Simply point to the message and click the star. And when you do that, you've added it to your list of starred items, no one else's, simply your own. And if you want to see that list at any time, you can simply click here and here are our starred items. If you want to go to this item, you can click Jump and it will take you directly to it. That works fairly well. So I can close that panel again if I unstar it. Simply click. Notice that I have no starred items now when I look at my bookmarks.
If I believe that a message is important for everyone, then I don't want to star it, I want to pin it. And it will then be pinned to this particular group of messages, this channel, the General channel. Or if I were in a private group, it would be pinned to that group. To pin an item, what we're going to do is hover and you'll notice that we have a gear, or Settings icon here, click once and pin and notice you're being told where it will be pinned.
In this case, to the General channel. And I will pin it there. And if someone wants to see all of the pinned items in a channel, they can do that very easily. They just click and it will show them in the channel info, all of the pinned items for the channel. Now if I decide that this was either pinned for long enough and now we have some more important items that I want to pin, or if I decide that this was a mistake, I can simply unpin it. And I will remove the pinned item.
Now, you'll notice that the message that I pinned the item is still here. If I want to delete that and I have permission, I can delete this message that says I ever pinned it and it will be gone. The third thing I can do is, I can react to this with some emoji and that's simply a way to provide some feedback, perhaps also just to have a little fun. So I'm going to click and add a reaction. And this will pull up the list of all of the emoji that are available to me.
Frequently used, you'll notice that Sally used the heart right here. Emojis about people, nature, food and drink, and you can actually choose the sets here. Celebrations, activities, travel and places, objects and symbols, and finally this lets us create something that would be custom. So in this case, I simply want to say, "That's cool, thanks very much." The default reactions are a smile, a thumbs up, checkmark, heart, and then eyes, I'm looking at this.
So I'm going to just give this a smiley, a simple smile. And notice that it appears underneath the message now. This is like a Like. If I want to remove it, I click it and it's gone. Very easy to add reactions and then to remove emoji reactions. My last choice is to quote this to put it somewhere else. So if I wanted this posted in the Random channel and I wanted to make sure that it was there or I wanted to put this piece of communication somewhere else and react to this piece of communication, then what I could do is I could quote it.
To quote I'm going to use the context menu in my browser. So I will point to the time and right-click. And because I'm working in a Windows environment, I'll say Copy Shortcut, if I was in a Mac it would be Copy Link, and I'm going to copy that and then I can paste it into a message with whatever other text that I want to provide. With whatever additional text or additional message I wish to provide.
Notice then what I have is, I have a link to Sally's message. It appears here as well and my text is also there. So I can pin, I can star, I can react, or I can quote. If I have permission, I also can edit and delete. If I want to edit something I just created, all I need to do is press the up arrow key and notice that it opens it for editing. So if I'm here and I press up arrow, I can escape to cancel or I can enter to save additional changes.
So if I wanted to add some emoji to the "You're welcome, Sally" and add a simple smile there, I can. And Enter or click the link to save my changes. And notice that I've edited. Again, this is the last message I'm working on so it's easy for me to up arrow and get back to it. If I have permission, I can also delete a message or I could choose editing for a message that's not recent. To go back and edit a message. This is a rich environment for creating messages and responding to messages.
One more thought before we leave, I can provide many reactions to a particular message. I don't have to simply say that I'd like to add a simple smile. Perhaps I also want to say this is one of our top hundred messages so far. And notice that it is added on. I can click and add yet another and say this is right on target. So I'm going to add a dart. Now, if someone wants to see who reactions are from, you simply hover and you'll get a list.
If you are one of the people who has put a reaction in, you can click to remove it like liking and unliking. And each user can add up to ten emoji to any message. Whenever team members have added emoji to a message, then it will show up in that person's mentions and reactions. As you'll see later, it won't be hard for Sally to find out that her message is getting some reaction.
- Creating a Slack team
- Editing your profile
- Writing and replying to messages
- Sharing links and files
- Joining channels and groups
- Creating posts and text snippets
- Sharing files
- Finding conversations and files in Slack
- Integrating Slack with Box, Dropbox, Twitter, and Google Calendar
- Setting preferences
- Using the Slack mobile app
- Configuring team roles and permissions