Slack is introducing a video call feature. Bad news for Skype & Hangout

slack-call-thumbRecently, Slack announced that they are testing the call service for the desktop. Just after few hours of testing, they introduced slack voice call service which is now available for less that 50% of its users. The service is only available for desktop users at the moment who are using Chrome browser.

The new feature allows you to make a conference call or a private call. The conference call can be joined by anyone by just clicking it without interrupting the call. The interesting thing about this new call feature is, that it allows you to share visual emojis with the person or a group, in which you are talking, the emoji appears on the profile picture of the person. It is a pretty cool as it doesn’t interrupt the conversation and let people know how you feel about it.  Like if you agree to something, a smile emoji from you can show that to your friends.

The call feature can be enabled by the admin of Slack users. Once they enable it then everyone on the ship can use it. Slack previously started many similar integration apps like Skype, Google hangout etc but that was quite time-consuming as it required a new application to be installed whereas this new feature is quite easy to use.

Firstly, you should have the latest version of Slack installed with you. And in the settings, make sure your group admin has enabled the call feature. If it is enabled, you should be able to see a call icon on chats and channels.

Go to the channel of your friends chat and press the call icon. It will ping the other user notifying him about the call in a pop-up window, from where they can accept your call. Another good thing about the slack which Skype didn’t allow is that you can choose your microphone sensitivity level from the call menu whereas for Skype we had to adjust while loading the Skype for the first time. And also adding new users in the voice group is easier than Skype.

The company is also working on video chat and on screen sharing services. Slack’s VP April Underwood said, “company is actively exploring ways to integrate third party services, like calls, more deeply into our product.”

Slack didn’t bring all of the emojis but the most common ones are there. We hope after test call is completed, it will add on new emojis in the list.  Slack has more than 570,000 paid users; it was on a heavy request that it started working on call feature. It is heard that Slack might attract more companies to pay for the services and is a serious threat for Skype and Google hangout.

Dear Entrepreneurs – Insecurity, Jealousy & Backstabbing will not take you too far.

2I often come across fellows who are struggling to do something big. They are actually good human beings but despite trying hard, they don’t reach anywhere. I used to wonder the reason for it but then one day I confronted such a man in my life. I like to call them ‘the white sheep’ among us.

I consider myself lucky in business so far. I know I can work smart and am awfully calm in things others mostly panic about. My belief is that other person’s success or failure shouldn’t affect me in any way. Thankfully, they don’t.

In fact, you will often find me tagging my fellow mates businesses and promoting them shamelessly on my social network profiles. I believe that if I have a voice that can reach few, my fellow entrepreneurs deserve a shout out for working so hard. In short, I have no competitors. I only compete with me. Neither my goal is to be a millionaire overnight, I am grateful with the profit every month and am in a bliss that I enjoy what I do. It comes naturally to me.

Now about those white sheep, I know that they work harder than me in many aspects. They think more, plan more, obsess more and read more but due the insecurity that they live with, they don’t execute much. If you take a stand on behalf of them, they panic. They feel like what if that person can do it better that we could’ve done it. They’ve a block in their mind which calls for defending their right to do things a certain way in which they don’t want help. They think that they are the best so any help that they can get can actually take away the credit from them.

I feel sad for them but I don’t pity them. I know they can do so much once they make their mind. I also know that they can actually change the world but as long as they play solo, they are entangled in the never-ending loop. Watch them carefully. They can turn the tables upside down but they can also demotivate you in the process of your success.

If you are the white sheep, I’ve following suggestions for you:

– Not everyone is your competitor, some are there to support you as well. Let them in

– You can’t be the Jack of all trades. Try to hire experts in other fields to help you along.

– It’s okay to do things without thinking for 2 years. Try to execute more and plan less.

– In the end, giving will make you bigger. It will not shrink you further. Try to give where possible. In terms of knowledge or acceptance.

Are you stuck in mid-something-big-about-to-happen crisis?

living_in_a_bubble_by_hoodiebear-d4vfoorThere comes a time in our life when we get caught in the middle of something big which is about to happen..

We can see clearly where we are heading but there are six/seven more steps which we have to climb before reaching it..

It’s a lot of hard work and all we want to do is just stop to rest little bit.. 2 days of procrastination won’t harm that much right?

This mid-something-big-about-to-happen crisis is what I am going to talk about today. When I was at that stage, I felt like nothing will matter till I spend at least 3 years working on gaining experience. That feeling of ‘spending certain time at a particular stage to fulfil our role’

You know what? I was wrong!

We see a ladder of success with many steps but only few out of those are actual steps. Rest are imaginary! 

I don’t know why our traditional teachers taught us this?  It’s completely possible to be successful after just taking one or two steps.

Why realise it late and then regret in old age??  

Do following thinking when you are stuck at mid-something-big-about-to-happen crisis:

  • Analyse where you are standing right now.
  • Think about different ways to reach where you want to be.
  • Be daring enough to challenge yourself with tasks which you feel you might not be able to do yet.
  • Show transparency when discussing your goals & actual outcomes.
  • Remember there are bigger threats to our human kind than the issues that you are facing so be strong! Don’t let one failure bring you down.
  • Try to pretend to be a shield which can take criticism without losing self confidence.

Come out of the bubble you live in.. as it’s only out of comfort zone where we actually start living!