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Slack 103: Communication and culture
Interesting note on some emergent Slack communications systems using emoji: "redirect raccoon", voting, and "I'm taking a look at this"
slack  communications  emojis  emoji  online  talk  chat 
11 days ago by jm
Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps
As I’ll explain, messenger apps’ apparent success in fulfilling such a surprising array of tasks does not owe to the triumph of “conversational UI.” What they’ve achieved can be much more instructively framed as an adept exploitation of Silicon Valley phone OS makers’ growing failure to fully serve users’ needs, particularly in other parts of the world. Chat apps have responded by evolving into “meta-platforms.” Many of the platform-like aspects they’ve taken on to plaster over gaps in the OS actually have little to do with the core chat functionality. Not only is “conversational UI” a red herring, but as we look more closely, we’ll even see places where conversational UI has breached its limits and broken down.
apps  bots  chatops  chat  ui  messaging  silicon-valley  agents  alexa  siri  phones 
april 2016 by jm
Slack's coming to Dublin
Butterfield insists that Slack improves on the basic messaging functionality offered by its predecessors. The company plans to expand from 100 employees to 250 this year, open an office in Dublin, and launch a version that supports large companies with multiple teams.
slack  messaging  chat  dublin  ireland  jobs  tech 
february 2015 by jm
appear.in
zero-install, one-click video chat, using WebRTC. nifty
conference  webrtc  chat  collaboration  video  google-chrome  conferencing 
february 2014 by jm
Grove
Hosted IRC, 20 users for $50/month. Useful now that Google have fecked up Chat entirely
irc  chat  collaboration  groupware  hosted-services 
july 2013 by jm
Tactical Chat: How the U.S. Military Uses IRC to Wage War
Excellent stuff. Lessons to be learned from this: IRC has some key features that mean it can be useful in this case.
1. simple text, everything supports it, no fancy UI clients are necessary;
2. resilient against lossy/transient/low-bandwidth/high-latency networks;
3. standards-compliant and "battle-hardened" (so to speak);
4. open-source/non-proprietary.
Despite the U.S. military’s massive spending each year on advanced communications technology, the use of simple text chat or tactical chat has outpaced other systems to become one of the most popular paths for communicating practical information on the battlefield.  Though the use of text chat by the U.S. military first began in the early 1990s, in recent years tactical chat has evolved into a “primary ‘comms’ path, having supplanted voice communications as the primary means of common operational picture (COP) updating in support of situational awareness.”  An article from January 2012 in the Air Land Sea Bulletin describes the value of tactical chat as an effective and immediate communications method that is highly effective in distributed, intermittent, low bandwidth environments which is particularly important with “large numbers of distributed warfighters” who must “frequently jump onto and off of a network” and coordinate with other coalition partners.  Text chat also provides “persistency in situational understanding between those leaving and those assuming command watch duties” enabling a persistent record of tactical decision making.
A 2006 thesis from the Naval Postgraduate School states that internet relay chat (IRC) is one of the most widely used chat protocols for military command and control (C2).  Software such as mIRC, a Windows-based chat client, or integrated systems in C2 equipment are used primarily in tactical conditions though efforts are underway to upgrade systems to newer protocols. 


(via JK)
via:jk  war  irc  chat  mirc  us-military  tactical-chat  distcomp  networking 
march 2013 by jm

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