Say goodbye to email. There's a new, faster and cooler way to send messages. Or, more specifically, it'll be available in a few months. It's called threaded messaging and it takes the best features of instant messaging and email and merges them into one.
The idea is to take the speed of instant messages and its casual conversational style and incorporate it with the more organized style of email messages.
Here's the problem with instant messages: When you send one using a service like Slack, the conversations you have with coworkers and friends can get confusing really fast. For example, you send a message about something important, say a project that's due in an hour.
Then, someone else in the chat interjects with a comment about a party they went to last night. Then you respond to their work message, "Are you serious? An hour?" And they think you're talking about the party. "What?"
You get the idea. And it goes downhill from there. Suddenly, you're scrolling up and down the screen, trying to keep track of the multiple conversations you're having.
Good news. Slack's executive team says they have a way to keep conversations separated. One message will be about that looming deadline; the other will be about last night's party. We'll let you know more details about threaded messaging in Happening Now as Slack announces them.
Note: If you haven't used Slack, or heard about it, you will. More than 2.7 million people send instant messages using Slack every day. That's up from 17,000 a couple of years ago.