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How to use Pesto with Slack

Doug Safreno
Doug Safreno
Sep 17, 2019 - 3 min read
How to use Pesto with Slack

In this article, I’ll show how you can use Pesto and Slack together via our Slack integration. I’ll also share a few best practices.

Slack Integration

Setup

First, navigate to your Pesto team, open team settings, navigate to the “Integrations” subsection, and then click the “Install” button for Slack.

Then, navigate through Slack’s auth flow until you are redirected back to Pesto with a success message.

Link to rooms with /pesto

Once you have setup the integration, use the /pesto command in Slack to generate links to Pesto conversations.

/pesto creates a new temporary room and pastes the link into the channel or direct message. Click on that link to navigate to the room in Pesto! Alternatively, provide a room name to the /pesto command to generate a link to the named room (e.g. /pesto Water cooler ).

Teammates who have not signed up with Pesto can use the link and will enter Pesto as guests. Guests can request to become full users by pressing the blue “Request access to team” button in the top bar of Pesto.

Pull users into Pesto with Slack Notifications

You can also ask offline users to join you in Pesto using the Slack button on an offline Pesto user.

When to use Pesto vs. Slack

This is going to be its own blog post! I will discuss the various modes of communication - eg Pesto, Slack, Wiki (Confluence / Notion), Project Management (Jira / Asana), CRM, etc - and give our recommendations around when to use which product. I’ll post a link here once it’s done.

Window Management

You can manage both Slack and Pesto along with all of your other applications in various ways. We don’t have a particular recommendation, but we’ll share a few patterns we’ve seen our users like.

Full Screen + Tab Switching

I have one monitor, and I manage my windows by keeping everything full screen and tab switching aggressively. This allows me to always view the full experience of a particular application without distractions.

Pesto as a Sidebar

Shrink the channels, and keep Pesto open to the side. This method is best for people who want to feel more present with their teammates.

Communication Monitor

Keep Pesto and Slack on their own monitor, and either tab switch between them or split them. We like keeping Pesto visible on a monitor as it creates the effect of an office.

Start Using Pesto and Slack Together

Interested in using Pesto with Slack? Sign up now - it’s free! Then, follow the guide above to integrate the two applications together.


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