Slack Chat Platform Finally Gets Custom Status Message Feature

Team chat platform Slack got a long-awaited feature on Thursday with the addition of status updates, finally allowing users to customize their status message beyond the default "away" setting.

The new "set a status" feature includes five Suggested statuses including In a meeting, Commuting, Out sick, Vacationing, and Working remotely, as well as an input field for typing a custom message – allowing users to display a return time if they're away, for example.


Each status can be up to 100 characters and users can display an associated emoji to communicate their circumstances, but if an emoji isn't chosen a speech ballon is shown instead. The emoji appears alongside the username in the chat window, the sidebar, and the chat room members list, while hovering over the emoji or tapping it brings up the full status message.

Some third-party apps can also modify the status message. For example, Zenefits syncs user status with its Time Off Tracking system, while Meekan shows when someone's in a meeting (and when they'll be free). Statuses also automatically update when a user is on a voice or video call in Slack.


Statuses can be set from the browser, desktop and mobile versions of Slack. Mac users can click their name in the upper left corner of the sidebar, then select Set a status. On iOS, users should tap the More items icon (…), or edit their status directly from their profile.

Slack is a free download for Mac on the Mac App Store and available for iPhone and iPad on the App Store.

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34 months ago
Come to think of it, I would probably enjoy and use a "status" feature built in to iMessage. Would be useful to automatically tell people I'm driving before they even text me, or if I'm in a movie, meeting, etc.
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34 months ago
The return of the AIM away message:

"In the shower... brb..."

Everything old is new again!
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34 months ago
We use Slack for work. Not a fan of this app. It feels like they mostly render webpages with WebKit, and I do see WebKit render processes running for Slack. Very unresponsive, especially when scrolling up to old messages. Besides that, the search UI is absolutely horrible. iChat + AIM was a lot nicer.
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Wow, welcome to 2006 (or something). I was using custom status features since the Yahoo IM days. I'm shocked that such a basic and useful feature was not even available in Slack until now.

I think that's only because back then, your status mattered a lot. Now that we have multiple PCs and phones using one messaging system, and you're randomly checking messages on the go, it doesn't make as much sense.
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34 months ago
Remember when AOL added this back in 1996?
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