about.me for Slack

Create a visual team directory for introductions



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Zoë Björnson
Zoë BjörnsonMaker@zoe_bjornson
Thank for the hunt, Chris! We developed the about.me Slack app to help teams and communities make team member introductions seamless, make it easier for team members to learn about each other, and help them create valuable connections Once the app is installed, team members can create or connect their pages with the /aboutme command. Pages are then shared in the newly created #aboutus channel. The app automatically creates the #aboutus channel as a home for the team's about.me pages. This is the 'visual team directory' we're talking about. It makes it easy for new (and old!) team members to see who's who and send them a message right from their shared page. With the #aboutus channel, you can see who else might be interested in design, or who also happens to live in your same city. We hope that the app can be helpful for large Slack communities or remote teams and fostering a strong sense of community. You can also use the app to search for anyone in the team to learn about them. Can't wait to hear feedback from the Product Hunt community! Happy to answer any questions. 👍 🎉
Tony Conrad
Tony ConradMaker@tonysphere · Founder, about.me
Thanks Chris! This is one of my favorite use cases for externalizing links to my about.me page. Slack is the app many of use non stop to interact with our teams as well as distinct Slack communities, so seeing more context on people is really empowering.
David Carpe
David Carpe@passingnotes · Thinker & Layabout
@tonysphere not to mention that it frees users from the super sparse default profiles (where desired)!
Tony Conrad
Tony ConradMaker@tonysphere · Founder, about.me
@passingnotes thanks David. Context is super important, especially in Slack communities where people have a shared topic of interest but little context on the people they share topics of interest. This is a really simple idea but beautifully executed by the about.me team.
Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Particularly useful for bigger organizations. Aside: We've talked about some version of this within the Product Hunt community. How can we make people feel welcome and properly "introduced" when joining for the first time. Very different context but this integration is a good example of how this could be done, at least within Slack.
Tony Conrad
Tony ConradMaker@tonysphere · Founder, about.me
@rrhoover we'd love to figure out an integration for Product Hunt!
Chris Messina
Chris MessinaHunter@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
This is a great way to bring About.me into the world of conversational software — great for casual interest groups using Slack, as well as growing teams! Love this use case, given how sparse the Slack user profile is.
Hiten Shah
Hiten ShahPro@hnshah · Crazy Egg, Product Habits & FYI
About.me happens to also be one of the easiest ways to get a simple page profile that's all about you. This about.me integration into Slack is particularly useful for Slack communities, growing remote teams and also large companies. There's no better way to start getting to know people on your team especially when you don't have much face-to-face time.
Tony Conrad
Tony ConradMaker@tonysphere · Founder, about.me
@hnshah thanks Hiten, high praise coming from you, much appreciated!