Aaah… threads, the mystical, long-awaited feature, delivering the Promise of Structure unto us.
Threads are scoped conversations happening parallel to the main chat channel.
By replying to a message…
…you will automagically start a new thread.
Threads show up in a number of ways to help you and others dive deeper together.
All replies are neatly tucked away in a dedicated thread panel, showing a shiny new thread indicator instead. The participants, a reply count, and the last reply are shown, giving you a sneak peak of what’s going on, to help you decide whether you want to dive into that topic.
Jump into a thread and do everything you normally do, whilst also keeping an eye on what’s going on in the main chat. See the main chat thread indicator live update with the newest info.
Reply to a thread or manually track it to see unread reply indicators:
The thread index provides a convenient way to see all the threads you’ve participated in. Came up with new arguments for that discussion you had last week? Now you can jump right back in! You can access it at the top-right of the channel, where you will see an indicator of the total number of unread threads.
In the thread list you will see an indicator of how many unread replies to each thread there has been since your last visit, as well as the last reply timestamp:
Have you ever felt like you can’t follow along with the 4 different conversations happening simultaneously in a buzzing chat channel, and just wished your hardest there was a way to bring some order to the chaos?
This is exactly what threads can help with.
It’s like having mini-chat parties within the main chat party! You can jump into different threads like a trampoline park, bouncing from one topic to another. Whee!
Threads bring you:
- Organisation - Have break-out conversations about a dedicated topic, keeping the discussion focused and contained
- Contextualisation - Get up to speed immediately, without having to puzzle all the related messages together in the main stream
- Decluttering - Declutter your channel Marie-Kondo style; this one sparks joy.
Site administrators can enable the threads either when the channel is created:
Or for existing channels via the channel settings:
There are more ideas brewing behind the scenes, but these are the basics for now! Some ideas include:
- Improved thread discovery across channels
- Moving messages between the channels and threads
- Tighter integration with forum topics
- Broadcast messages to the channel
- And much more
Do you like it? We would love to hear it!
Do you have questions , ideas , or feedback ? Drop them below