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This article was published on August 14, 2015


You can now integrate emails into your Slack channel

You can now integrate emails into your Slack channel
Lauren Hockenson
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Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. She also has a folder full of dog GIFs and uses them liberally on Twitter at @lhockenson.

Slack has been widely regarded as the email killer, but a recent update to the service makes it more of an email absorber instead. A blog post from the company said that users with Standard or Plus subscriptions can now integrate email into slack.

Yes, now you can now direct email into any preset Slack Channel. Select the “Email” integration, label your email pipeline, and direct it to a channel. Slack will then generate a special secret email address that you can use when setting up your mail forwarding. Repeat as necessary.

The result is not only an alert for every time that email channel is pinged, but also a completely searchable index of the content of those emails.

The blog post also indicated that it’s a good makeshift for services not yet on the platform:

If there’s a service you’ve used for years and always wished they integrated into Slack, chances are you could get most of what you want today by giving them a channel-specific secret email address so that the email they already send you arrives in the desired channel.

So now you can have your Slack and your email all in one place.

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