Chat rooms for couples
That won’t stop some people, like Morris, who actively participates in eight different Slack chats, from using it that way. “People created this consumer usecase that [Slack] didn’t intend.”That sort of accidental innovation in a word? The platform: Tinder The story: "It was quite the whirlwind romance. We had a lot of ups and downs because I was never a "online" dating type of girl or any "dating" type of girl but we made it through like gum on a shoe. I got lucky."Janhavi and her boyfriend have been dating for a year. The platform: Facebook The story: "We pretended to be friends for five months and then one day I knew I couldn't take it, being just a friend, I proposed and she said yes.
Any benefit to nonwork Slack groups was incidental.Yes, there’s a Slack for dating, though it’s unclear how many people participate, and the group did not invite me to join after I signed up, a process that involved–like an old AOL chat room A/S/L inquiry–merely reporting my first name, gender, and age.I found the dating group, and 350 other Slack groups, on a website called Chit Chats (it was initially called “Slack Chats,” but changed its name at the request of Slack).And when we do we always manage to get something out of it and move on.We both are happy and see each other together in the future. Before Tinder, we were even at a bar at the same time but didn't end up meeting (total HIMYM episode). He swiped me anyway because we had an alarming number of things in common.Every day, 750,000 workers log into enterprise chat software Slack to communicate with colleagues.Todd Kennedy, a 37-year-old CTO at a software startup, also uses the service–to talk with his wife, Julie. And it’s always open.”This is a very odd way for someone to talk about enterprise software.The couple created a fake company name, “The Kennedys,” to sign up for the two-member Slack chat that has replaced i Message for them as the way they discuss everything, from coordinating childcare to potential Ikea purchases. Occasionally a consumer-facing product like Dropbox expands into the workplace, but rarely do people bring tools designed for their companies into their personal lives. Users have appropriated the platform for extracurricular use cases like staying in touch with groups of friends, backchanneling at events, and creating chat rooms around interests like books or entrepreneurship–or dating.“Fifty percent of my Slack communication is work, and 50% of my slack communication is nonwork at this point,” says Todd, who also uses Slack to keep in touch with a group of Brooklyn-based programmers. In addition to being a place to work, Slack is becoming a virtual hangout spot.