Slack turns 10 and, wow, it has changed everything| Trending Viral hub

In its center, Slack is a chat application. Every day, millions of people use it to communicate, share files, and gossip with coworkers or groups of friends in one organized place. That style of fluid interaction, which Slack didn’t invent but popularized, has changed the way we talk to each other online, for better or worse. It’s brought us closer and enabled global collaboration, but it’s also allowed conversations to follow us anywhere… like when you get a notification at 10 pm that your boss has sent you a DM.

This week, MIT Technology Review Editor-in-Chief Mat Honan joins the show to tell the story of Slack as the software turns 10 years old. We discuss how he helped our work lives merge with our personal time and how the company is faring under the auspices of Salesforce and against its competitors.

Show notes

Read Mat’s 2014 story about the founder of Slack Stewart Butterfield and his boring startup. Here is Lauren’s story about the Loose soft return and other office tricks you may want to use. Listen to the WIRED episode May you have a good future podcast with Lidiane Jones, former CEO of Slack.


Mat recommends air tags and the ChatGPT Stickerbot. Mike recommends the Raw impressions podcast with Lou and Adelle Barlow. Lauren recommends using soft return in Slack.

Mat Honan can be found on social media @mat. Lauren Goode is @laurengoode. Michael Calore is @snack fight. Bling the main hotline at @gadget lab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our musical theme is Solar keys.

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