Time to replace Slack! Who will win, MatterMost or Riot/Matrix?
Slack is the prodigy of the revival of team communication. This is an awesome development. In the early days of the internet IRC (the grandfather of chat channels) was the way for nerds to have non stop communication with each other. On IRC we discussed everything from private topics on life up to project topics. When I left the student life and the non-stop nerd contact stopped, the chat channels also disappeared from my life.
I was surprised that in Large Enterprises the whole concept of chatrooms or continuous digital contact between people was not present. The only thing you did was start to start a one-on-one dialogue with someone by picking up a phone or send an email. No chatter about life, the direction of the company etc. Slack has brought chat rooms back to companies.
It just amazes me still today that so many enterprises still only use telephones and e-mail (well OK WhatsApp has also appeared but what enterprise has control over WhatsApp apart from Facebook itself) yet we have some excellent open source, secure, and self-hostable applications like Riot and Mattermost. The linked article unpacks some of the similarities and differences between them and Slack.
|Time to replace Slack! Who will win, MatterMost or Riot/Matrix?
Slack is the prodigy of the revival of team communication. This is an awesome development. In the early days of the internet IRC (the…