Slack today announced that it has rolled out some potentially helpful new features for the channels within its team-communication app. Now Slack users can “pin” specific statements to the rail summarizing a channel.
“Need to pin a file or a message to the channel so people can access it quickly and easily? No problem!” Slack said in a blog post on the new feature today. “You can pin multiple things! Just click the cog next to a message or file (or long hold on mobile) to pin it to the channel.”
Slack has also made it easier to see a description of each channel front and center when you click the little “i” to the left of the search bar. And to the right of the search bar, you can see your recent mentions (the at sign), as well as the items you starred (the star).
It’s a bit of good news for users following last week’s disclosure of a hack of Slack, which hit the company back in February. In announcing the hack, Slack also said two-factor authentication was now available for the app.
Today’s update also makes it possible to see which users of a given channel are currently online. For instance, in one internal VentureBeat Slack channel, I can now see that two of five “members” are online. If I don’t care to see the full list of all five members, I can now hit an upside-down triangle and collapse it. Or I can collapse the new Pinned Items section — or the channel description.
Slack is growing quickly. Two weeks ago, the company brought its app to Windows. And according to a report last week, the company was nearly finished raising a $160 million round at a $2.76 billion valuation.