What are good Slack alternatives?

I'm looking for something like slack but with less notifications. I saw it here on Product Hunt the other day. Similar to Slack, but designed to distract less. Anyone know its name? Was still in beta I think.
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    Flock

    Real-time team messenger tool

    The key thing for our team is that Flock integrates all the critical integration that most users need and you get unlimited integrations for free. The premium version is also just half the price of Slack. Finally, adding multiple teams is much easier.
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    Ajinkya Borade
    Ajinkya BoradeYouTube.com/JavaScriptEvangelist · Edited
    Well as JavaScript Developer, we needed something to suit the coding and sharing across teams. With Flock we can share code, have screensharing, or even get Github notifications when code is committed or build is triggered. Slack is good, but not the best. Hence we choose Flock, with free version its more than what Slack can offer. Also, you can import your entire Slack team to Flock with 1 click from Settings.
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    Nick Morey
    Nick MoreyDynamo PR, Account Director · Written
    Amazing integration of tools and APIs, productivity focused, and can be as deep or simple as you need it
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    • RJ Lewis Digital
      RJ Lewis DigitalRJ Lewis, Digital Consultant

      I love that flock is stable, easy to use and has a good base of application integrations. I typically miss flowdock, but the overall collaborative experience is better than slack. Been using a little over 6 mos.- couldn't pick that though

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    Twist

    There’s more to work than keeping up with group chat

    Aleksandra
    Aleksandra5Maker @ Planet:tech, Supergirls · Written
    Twist is great, I've been testing it for a few months, and I absolutely love it! I was surprised how easy it was to switch to Twist. The team conversations seem very easy and well organised now. And yes, less distractful. Definitely worth trying. I'm a huge fun of what the Twist team is doing in terms of promoting more mindful team communication.
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    Pretty sure you were referring to Twist in your description. It's built by the team who built Todoist, so it also integrates nicely with that for task and/or project management. They wrote a take down on medium, about how and why Slack actually eats your life. Pretty compelling. I'm not sure how others who use Twist feel about the outcome of their work though - if it reduces the anxiety, for example.
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    built with the "time well spent" thought process behind it
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    • Antoine Frédéric
      Antoine Frédéricproductivity expert

      It's definitely my favorite app. Way better than Slack ! You can have messages and threads in the same place. Communication at its best

  3. Ayrton De Craene
    Ayrton De Craene18Code @ Product Hunt · Written
    Slack focuses on building a great product for teams, not necessarily large open communities. So some larger communities have been moving away from Slack such as reactiflux. They are well designed, easy to use, and surprisingly fast. In addition to the web app, they have mobile apps on both iOS and Android as well as desktop apps for OS X and Windows. Source
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    Circuit

    Make your teamwork better

    Philipp Bohn
    Philipp Bohn4VP Circuit and CEO blueKiwi software · Written
    Philipp Bohn made this product
    We have built Circuit as one, easy-to-use platform for voice, video, messaging, screen share, files and communities. It‘s used by startups, SMBs and global corporations, thanks to our scalability, quality and security. The free version includes unlimited messages and screen sharing.
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    Great for quick chats up to full organisation video conferences, an all round product
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    Missive

    Collaborate right in your inbox

    Philippe Lehoux made this product
    The email client UI applied to team messaging is our core innovation. We firmly believe that the volume of internal conversations in organizations, even small ones, is so massive that it requires something more powerful than the infinite channels offered by Slack. See this link for details on the difference between Slack and Missive: https://missiveapp.com/slack-vs-...
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  6. Tejas Kinger
    Tejas Kinger20SaaS Product Marketing @ Freshworks Inc · Written
    We've switched over from Slack to Hipchat for communication between teams.
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    Alexandre Tempel
    Alexandre TempelUX Designer | Productivity Whore · Written
    Hipchat is awesome if you use other Atlassian products... Confluence is sensacional, as well as Jira
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    Stephen Co
    Stephen CoFounder of Northern Circuits Inc. · Written
    This is much better than Slack for us personally. It's cheaper, and interface is simpler/cleaner.
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    Mattermost

    Open source, on-premises, Slack alternative

    Brandon Anzaldi
    Brandon AnzaldiSoftware Engineer @ ToTheTens · Written
    Another open source, self-hosted slack alternative. I know they've definitely been working hard on improving Mattermost, and they have enterprise versions with more features for relatively little per user, per month.
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    Fleep

    Team communication from a team of Ex-Skypers

    David Crowther
    David CrowtherI help convert more browsers into buyers · Written
    Love the fact that you can include people in chats with just their email address—they don't have to sign up.
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    An alternative to slack that doesn't require you to have a log in...
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    Stowe Boyd
    Stowe Boydfuturist, researcher, imperfectionist · Written
    Fleep has built-in task management, as well
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    • Timo Haukilahti
      Timo HaukilahtiEntrepreneur, Consultant

      It has everything that is needed. What makes it clearly the best possible solution and my favourite is the fact that in almost every project group there is one or two "luddites" that are almost impossible to persuade to make an account in a new application. Fleep keeps them connected via their emails. By time they often make accounts and join the others.

    • Nicola Rosenthal
      Nicola RosenthalCMO, Fleep Technologies

      Great simple reliable and persistent messaging tool, not as distracting as various others on the market

  9. 5
    Telegram 4.0

    The best messenger for every platform

    Ricardo Polo
    Ricardo PoloCo-founder of Tulpep · Written
    Have super groups. Completely free. So fast.
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    • Fedotov Maxim
      Fedotov MaximVR Anime Society Founder

      Telegram keeps on releasing amazing updates. Secure, easy to use messenger with great UX is all you'll ever need. I wish more people used it rather than Whatsapp or Messanger subpar experience.

    • Nikita Martynov
      Nikita MartynovProduct Manager @PandaDoc

      Favorite messenger, has its all: super fast, great UI and UX, chats foe different communities with quality content, bot platform that is growing rapidly. New releases coming frequently.

      The biggest wish is to get rid of notifications that your contacts are on the platform (IOS)

  10. Priyanka Sharma
    Priyanka SharmaWebsite content writer · Written
    It's definitely best app. Way better than Slack ! You can have messages and threads (jumper, burnout) in the same place. Communication at its best pace with much awaited features to come
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    With features like unlimited chat storage, audio/video calling, location sharing, Unlimited Group creation, Broadcasting and many more, Troop messenger promises to provide everything needed for a successful team communication
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    Akash Mittal
    Akash MittalAI Machine Analyst · Written
    Great Chat Application for Teams Nice and flexible user interface in mobile, desktop and web clients, easy file sharing, group chat and more..
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  11. 4
    Rocket.Chat

    Your own open source Slack-like chat

    Fabian Charles Cook
    Fabian Charles CookLead Software Developer, NZ Digital · Written
    Open source, doesn't lock you into anything, complete ownership of data, hosted where ever you want. We use Rocket.Chat for our clients that want a "slack" like chat within their software,
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    • brad johnson
      brad johnsonVolume Integration

      I got it to run on an Raspberry Pi https://volumeintegration.com/installing-rocket-chat-on-raspberry-pi-2/

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    Zoho Connect

    Collaboration software that brings your team together.

    Hemanth Kumar Reddy
    Hemanth Kumar ReddyProduct Marketer @ Zoho Corp. · Edited
    Hemanth Kumar Reddy made this product
    Zoho Connect is a team collaboration platform and a great alternative to Slack. It lets you create your own private social network for your organization and gives you all those tools you would require for collaborating with your team effectively like groups, channels, task boards, knowledge management, custom Apps etc. You can also check out Zoho Cliq (www.zoho.com/cliq) if you are looking for Chat based collaboration tool with custom bots.
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  13. 4
    Basecamp

    Keeps people on the same page

    Lachlan Campbell
    Lachlan Campbell11Hack Club design/JS—HS 🎓—they/them—🌈 · Written
    Basecamp’s Campfire is a great group chat, complete with sounds, GIFs, bots, and everything. Also includes Pings, which are DMs/private channels.
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    • Great and helpful app! I use Basecamp integration with TMetric in all my projects, for me this is the most convenient way to track my time for any activity in Basecamp

    • Agustin Esperon
      Agustin EsperonCo-Founder & Head of UX/Design at Wideo

      I'm a big fan not only of BaseCamp, but also their founders' books (Rework, Remote, Getting Real) and blog posts. Their work philosophy is amazing and it's reflected on the clean and concrete software.

      I really enjoy managing all aspects of my company with BaseCamp

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    Microsoft Teams

    Microsoft's Slack competitor

    We change from Slack to Microsoft Teams... Better audio/video/screensharing and better integration with other tools... For example you can create a "group channel" and add a tab with a wiki or kanban or other website.
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    Stowe Boyd
    Stowe Boydfuturist, researcher, imperfectionist · Written
    A good choice for those using Office 365
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  15. Jay Weiler
    Jay WeilerData Scientist · Written
    Slack but secure.
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    GroupMe

    The best way to chat with everyone you know

    John Ababseh
    John Ababseh10Epiphany Enthusiast · Written
    It's easy to use and free! Can be used with friends or teams.
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  17. Jeff Waters
    Jeff WatersProduct Manager, VIPole · Written
    Pretty good choice of app that boosts collaboration and protects all communications within a team, company or large enterprise. The product is available is Saas and on-premise solution for those who seek complete security. The functionality and featured tools are much more expanded that in Slack and the app offers an admin pannel to keep complete track of security, tune up the system, create templates and mixture of policies. Otherwise it's pretty much the same.
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    Workplace by Facebook

    Connect everyone in your company and turn ideas into action

    Sean PJPGR Doran
    Sean PJPGR DoranDirector of Design, Wiretap · Written
    Workplace by Facebook is like your own company's private Facebook (plus a lot of additional "work focused" features. Within it, there's Workplace Chat. With Workplace Chat, it's like Facebook Messenger — for work. Same concept of Slack with private 1:1 chats, 1-to-many chats, and the concept of "channels" is done by creating group messages based on the the groups created within Workplace itself. So if you join a group, you can join the group chat. And there are bots, integrations, and all that jazz: https://www.facebook.com/workpla... Bonus: If you're a non-profit, it's totally free.
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    • Dominik Kugelmann
      Dominik KugelmannI show CEOs how to work form their phone

      If you are working for a company that has multiple topics at the same time running in the one department/team thinking about a feed based collaboration could be a good option.

      With Workplace you can organise your team in groups and discuss projects/topics via the comments on a post. This could help your team stay on topic and don't get distracted by another random comment in your chat history.

      The (news) feed based way of communicating (FB) can work well for slow moving tasks or project overviews. I feel like a company with more than 50ppl could start to make real use of this kind of work.

      The FB messenger really isn't on par with any of the major business chat's out their. So don't switch to FB if you really just wanna chat with your guys. You could, however, use it to supplement your Slack usage with some company feeds. But then you should save the money and use G+ which comes free with your G Suite subscription.

      The pricing however is attractive. Starting at a about a dollar a month and employee it's way below industry average.

    • RJ Lewis Digital
      RJ Lewis DigitalRJ Lewis, Digital Consultant

      I have one team that is very tethered to email and at first blush Workplace from FB seemed like a good way to ease them into real collaboration with a familiar interface. I would still recommend it, but would have liked the option to interface with workplace from my existing account.

  19. Bitrix24 beats Slack at many things. First, you get unlimited users without stupid history search limit. Second, like you said Slack is too distracting. So in Bitrix24 you can collaborate via chat or other means. And finally, unlike Slack, Bitrix24 comes with true project management and it's all free as well - tasks, subtasks, projects, task templates, dependencies, time tracking, etc. Here's the comparison chart - https://www.bitrix24.com/alterna...
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  20. Ben Li
    Ben LiCofounder@LinkTime Mobile. · Written
    Ben Li made this product
    If you are looking for a new mobile communication app for your professional use in a safe environment, Princle One might be a good choice.
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