Imagine if you had an invisible robot running around the internet doing all kinds of tasks for you.
That’s a bot. 🤖
Bots live on Twitter, on Wall Street and in factories.
They cut down on pesky repetitive tasks and do things that would take humans much more time and energy.
Bots started out as weak, experimental and expensive, but the rise of SaaS and automation means that you can have your very own family of bots, living exactly where you work: Slack.
Slack isn’t just a place to chat with your team, it can be extended to:
- Check your emails or aggregate your newsletters into a public channel
- Send notifications from Trello, JIRA, or hundreds of other apps
- Stream tweets that match a certain hashtag or keyword
- Update your calendar
- Save your reminders and to-dos
- Store company knowledge and resources (like a chatbot attached to a wiki)
- …and a million more time-saving (and fun) things
Slack is simple, text-based, searchable and allows you to customize it in creative ways. It’s the perfect environment for simple bots that can replace the need for time-consuming or interrupting tasks, and its Slack App directory makes it easy to find and plug a bot right into Slack ready to use.
But, before we get into all of the cool stuff Slack bots can do, let’s get the basics down first and talk about the original: Slackbot!
Most Slack users know Slackbot as the friendly and helpful character that helps them set up their profile. It sits in always-on mode in your direct messages, occasionally popping up to give you notifications. It’s easy to forget, but you’re missing out on a lot of great features if you overlook it.