To help users stay on top of the threads they’re following, Slack is also introducing an “All Threads” tab. As the name suggests, it will show users all of the threads that they’ve subscribed to.
The threaded replies feature was a challenging feature for Slack to design. The team built its first prototype threads feature in late 2015, Paul Rosania, Slack’s core product lead, said in a blog post. It took this long to finish it because the company went through several design iterations to reach the one it will roll out to users.
Early developments looked at keeping the replies visible in the flow of the main chat channel, which the team at Slack found didn’t reduce the clutter in a channel.
It will be interesting to see if the focus on a lack of clutter will actually work with what users need the feature to do. The company thus far has been testing it with a limited set of people but is launching the feature to millions of users starting on Wednesday.
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