Slack Technologies has patented a method for sharing group-based communication channels on their platform. Users can group channels, share them with others, and add selected channels to their interface. This innovation enhances collaboration and communication efficiency within the platform. GlobalData’s report on Slack Technologies gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Sharing group-based communication channels between users

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Slack Technologies Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11902238B2) outlines a method for sharing group-based communication channels. The method involves receiving user inputs on grouping communication channels into sections, posting messages to share these sections with other users, and allowing users to select and join specific channels within the shared section. The patent also details determining which channels to share based on various factors such as channel types, permissions, and privacy settings. Additionally, the method includes features like creating sections, naming sections, and adding text to messages for enhanced communication within the group-based communication platform.

Furthermore, the patent describes an apparatus and computer-readable medium storing code for implementing the method. The apparatus includes a processor, memory, and instructions for facilitating the sharing of group-based communication channels. These instructions enable the apparatus to receive user inputs, send interfaces for display, and manage the sharing of sections and channels among users. The computer-readable medium stores code that allows a processor to execute the method steps, providing a practical implementation of the innovative communication channel sharing technique outlined in the patent. Overall, the patent offers a comprehensive solution for efficient and organized communication within group-based platforms, enhancing user experience and collaboration.

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