Slack thinks you need another video conferencing app

Gerard Edelman: there has never been.

Lauren Goode: That is the appropriate response. What if I told you that unfortunately, more video chat apps are coming to you?

Gerard Edelman: I thought I wanted to ask if we could turn this conversation into words.

Lauren Goode: Unfortunately, we can’t because this is a podcast.

Gerard Edelman: Oh, we’re recording this?

Lauren Goode: Yes. We are on video.

Gerard Edelman: Omg.

Lauren Goode: That’s why-

Gerard Edelman: Oh, yes, here I am.

Lauren Goode: Yes, that’s right. Yes, we should talk about this.

[Gadget Lab intro theme music plays]

Lauren Goode: Hello everyone. Welcome to Gadget Labs. I’m Lauren Goode. I’m a senior writer for Wired magazine. As you may have seen from our intro, my usual podcaster, co-host Michael Carroll is not here this week. He’s taking a well-deserved vacation. He is in the woods. He doesn’t have cell service, or he’s just being lazy. but-

Gerard Edelman: Wow.

Lauren Goode: Had to start with a dad joke. But for the next few episodes, my co-host is the only one, Girard Edelman, my senior writer at Wired. Hey Girard, thank you for joining me.

Gerard Edelman: Hello. Thanks for your hospitality.

Lauren Goode: It’s really exciting to have you.

Gerard Edelman: In tribute to podcast dad Calore, I haven’t eaten any animal products so far today.

Lauren Goode: real?

Gerard Edelman: Yes.

Lauren Goode: It’s amazing. How long are you going to hold on?

Gerard Edelman: Until after the podcast.

Lauren Goode: good very good. I’m sure Mike will appreciate any effort you make. Okay, so we made a joke about slacking earlier, and that’s because today we’re talking about something we use every day at Wired, and I’m sure many of you do too. I’m talking about Slack, the workplace messaging service.

Slack has truly defined our work lives, especially over the past few years when a lot of our desk workers were working from home. Slack is now its own verb. People will say, “He let me loose”, or “he let me loose”. It’s one of those apps shaping office culture. It sometimes causes trouble for people. But, generally speaking, it allows us to communicate better when we’re not in the same office or in our case, the newsroom. So there’s a feature on Slack called Huddles. Launched last year, it lets you spontaneously make audio calls with anyone in your Slack workspace. Now, there’s a new feature in Huddles. Girard, are you ready?

Gerard Edelman: Wait a moment. OK

Lauren Goode: This is zoom.

Gerard Edelman: Relax zoom.

Lauren Goode: OK. It’s not actually Zoom.

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