(And by #1, I mean “brand new”.)
Today I learned a thing, courtesy of Taylor Jadin.
One of my ongoing responsibilities at Reclaim is to curate and put together the Reclaim Roundup, our monthly newsletter that collects all of the announcements, blog posts, new support documentation, event resources, and staff picks, and sends them to people’s inboxes so they can see what we’ve been up to behind the scenes. This means that I periodically — about once a week — crawl our Slack looking for relevant links to collect in the Asana project we use for the newsletter.
One of my three default emoji reactions in Slack is the sparkle emoji, or ✨ (if you didn’t know that you can set your default emoji reacts, you can! You’re not just bound to the three suggested ones, or the three you end up using most frequently! It’s under “Messages & media” in your Preferences.)
But that’s not the hack.
Recently I noticed the “Add Emoji” option in the larger emoji-picker and got curious. It turned out to be super easy to add a custom emoji for our Reclaim Slack, and I’d been wanting a special one to indicate something along the lines of, “Wow, I’m definitely putting this in the newsletter!”
Did you know there’s no paper airplane emoji?
There is now.
But that’s still not the hack.
The hack, as taught to me by Taylor Jadin, is this: you can search by emoji. Even custom ones. Which means that if I react with a paper airplane to a message containing a link I want for the newsletter, I can always go back and crawl specifically messages with paper airplane reacts on them.
And once I do…
Now granted, it’s not perfect — what if I forget to react on something? I’ll probably still do an end-of-month crawl through channels anyway just to be safe. But this trick is going to make my life way simpler — and all I really wanted was a special emoji.
Additionally, here’s the link to Taylor’s blog post in the image, which is about installing a custom application in Reclaim Cloud– in this case, the virtual tool for tabletop games, Foundry. Both the app and the post are pretty great, and I’m now definitely considering Foundry as a viable option for my own games. Check it out!