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Every day, 750,000 workers log into enterprise chat software Slack to communicate with colleagues.Todd Kennedy, a 37-year-old CTO at a software startup, also uses the service–to talk with his wife, Julie. And it’s always open.”This is a very odd way for someone to talk about enterprise software.A change the company made to its interface in May, which allows users to easily toggle between different Slack groups, unwittingly aided this type of extracurricular Slack-ing by helping users merge their work and personal interests under one tab.It is partly appealing for nonwork exactly people use it for work.Considering Slack’s current business model, its ambivalence to personal use cases makes some sense.Free users can access an archive of 10,000 messages, with no limit on time or number of users.Other Slack groups require a Git Hub link to prove coding chops.
That casual “at a bar” dynamic may also be what led at least one enterprising Slack user to start a Slack for dating.
Yes, there’s a Slack for dating, though it’s unclear how many people participate, and the group did not invite me to join after I signed up, a process that involved–like an old AOL chat room A/S/L inquiry–merely reporting my first name, gender, and age.
I found the dating group, and 350 other Slack groups, on a website called Chit Chats (it was initially called “Slack Chats,” but changed its name at the request of Slack).
For me there was no platform for me to meet gay men,” he says.
The main distinguishing feature is the ‘Chappy scale’ which allows users to slide between ‘Mr Right’ to ‘Mr Right Now’ depending on whether they are looking for a relationship or something more casual.
“It avoids the first awkward 10 minutes of chatting where you are trying to figure out what someone wants or those first three dates before one of you just wants to hook up and the other is looking for something more serious," co-founder Jack Rogers said.