Slack adds custom status messages

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Slack users can now add custom away messages or status updates to let coworkers know what they’re up to.

Some argue that the ‘new’ feature should have been available from day one – internet users from the late 90s will remember AOL instant messenger status updates.

The Slack update also includes a custom emoji alongside the text status. Slack Status GIF

Since Slack can be integrated with third-party apps, those can automatically update the status for you without any work on the user’s part. In voice or video calls within Slack, the status will update accordingly. Apps like Zenefits or Meekan’s scheduling assistant can even set the custom status when an employee is taking time off or has a meeting booked.

According to Slack, status updates are rolling out to users over the next few days, but you’ll need to download the latest versions of the desktop and mobile apps to get it.