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Hi, I'm Arjay!  I'm the founder of HomeRoom, a technology company that provides software & services for community-led businesses, creators, and DAOs. And I'm here to tell you a bit about how we chose Threads over Slack and Discord for our internal team communication.


Or more specifically, I'm going to highlight why Threads is not just a "Slack killer" but the next evolution in team communication today.

Hi, I'm Arjay!  I'm the founder of HomeRoom, a technology company that provides software & services for community-led businesses, creators, and DAOs. And I'm here to tell you a bit about how we chose Threads over Slack and Discord for our internal team communication.


Or more specifically, I'm going to highlight why Threads is not just a "Slack killer" but the next evolution in team communication today.

"It's crazy to try to run all internal communications through chatrooms."

"It's crazy to try to run all internal communications through chatrooms."

"It's crazy to try to run all internal communications through chatrooms."

"It's crazy to try to run all internal communications through chatrooms."

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Life before Threads

Life before Threads

Life before Threads

The tools we use today weren't built for the teams of today. Most of us are hybrid or remote at this point, and it's crazy to try to run all internal communications through chatrooms. IRC is so 2016, it's time for something better.


The main issues we were facing with existing chat platforms:

The tools we use today weren't built for the teams of today. Most of us are hybrid or remote at this point, and it's crazy to try to run all internal communications through chatrooms. IRC is so 2016, it's time for something better.


The main issues we were facing with existing chat platforms:

Things really started to feel broken when we consistently had trouble onboarding new employees and providing them with historical context on important discussions, when the firehose of overwhelming messages streamed through Slack, and security on Discord continued to be put on the back-burner.

  • Constant interruptions, which made it harder to get things done

  • Constant interruptions, which made it harder to get things done

  • Information was easily lost or siloed

  • Information was easily lost or siloed

  • Felt antiquated

  • Felt antiquated

Things really started to feel broken when we consistently had trouble onboarding new employees and providing them with historical context on important discussions, when the firehose of overwhelming messages streamed through Slack, and security on Discord continued to be put on the back-burner.

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The secret to success

The secret to success

The secret to success

We found that Threads was built for the new wave of teams like us.

We found that Threads was built for the new wave of teams like us.

They have formats designed to work together:

They have formats designed to work together:

  • Threads for sharing insights / driving decisions

  • Threads for sharing insights / driving decisions

  • Presentation mode to showcase your work

  • Presentation mode to showcase your work

  • Chat for the casual and urgent

  • Chat for the casual and urgent

  • Voice chat for quick alignment

  • Voice chat for quick alignment

Threads also has a workflow to increase confidence:

Threads also has a workflow to increase confidence:

  • We can easily catch up on everything that's happened via Today, which essentially looks like an inbox and helps you manage incoming threads and chats

  • We can easily catch up on everything that's happened via Today, which essentially looks like an inbox and helps you manage incoming threads and chats

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Never miss a notification again

Never miss a notification again

  • All my communication methods are in a single place: chats, threads, and more

  • All my communication methods are in a single place: chats, threads, and more

  • All my communication methods are in a single place: chats, threads, and more

  • All my communication methods are in a single place: chats, threads, and more

  • The "Do Later" function is the secret weapon: easily mark threads to follow up on later, indicating to others when you plan to respond

  • The "Do Later" function is the secret weapon: easily mark threads to follow up on later, indicating to others when you plan to respond

  • The "Do Later" function is the secret weapon: easily mark threads to follow up on later, indicating to others when you plan to respond

  • The "Do Later" function is the secret weapon: easily mark threads to follow up on later, indicating to others when you plan to respond

  • The GCal integration provides structure: I can get a birds-eye view of my schedule for the day, with indicators on how much free time I have between meetings to get into focus mode

  • The GCal integration provides structure: I can get a birds-eye view of my schedule for the day, with indicators on how much free time I have between meetings to get into focus mode

  • The GCal integration provides structure: I can get a birds-eye view of my schedule for the day, with indicators on how much free time I have between meetings to get into focus mode

  • The GCal integration provides structure: I can get a birds-eye view of my schedule for the day, with indicators on how much free time I have between meetings to get into focus mode

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The perfect example of thoughtful design

The perfect example of thoughtful design

  • The UI is completely different from Slack or Discord; and that's a strength

  • The UI is completely different from Slack or Discord; and that's a strength

  • The UI is completely different from Slack or Discord; and that's a strength

  • The UI is completely different from Slack or Discord; and that's a strength

  • I spend less time searching and more time doing

  • I spend less time searching and more time doing

  • I spend less time searching and more time doing

  • I spend less time searching and more time doing

  • Separating chats from threads was a genius design choice; feels like two apps in one

  • Separating chats from threads was a genius design choice; feels like two apps in one

  • Separating chats from threads was a genius design choice; feels like two apps in one

  • Separating chats from threads was a genius design choice; feels like two apps in one

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Onboarding is a breeze

Onboarding is a breeze

  • Allowed domains makes the sign up process a breeze; Threads is Enterprise ready out of the box

  • Allowed domains makes the sign up process a breeze; Threads is Enterprise ready out of the box

  • Allowed domains makes the sign up process a breeze; Threads is Enterprise ready out of the box

  • Allowed domains makes the sign up process a breeze; Threads is Enterprise ready out of the box

  • Recorded narration makes it simple to train new employees without ever leaving the tool

  • Recorded narration makes it simple to train new employees without ever leaving the tool

  • Recorded narration makes it simple to train new employees without ever leaving the tool

  • Recorded narration makes it simple to train new employees without ever leaving the tool

  • A Slack importer is built in; you won't lose any previous conversations after migrating

  • A Slack importer is built in; you won't lose any previous conversations after migrating

  • A Slack importer is built in; you won't lose any previous conversations after migrating

  • A Slack importer is built in; you won't lose any previous conversations after migrating

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The moment it clicked

The moment it clicked

The moment it clicked

The day we really fell in love with Threads? When it consistently cut our meeting times in half.

The day we really fell in love with Threads? When it consistently cut our meeting times in half.

The day we really fell in love with Threads? When it consistently cut our meeting times in half.

The day we really fell in love with Threads? When it consistently cut our meeting times in half.

Preparing for stand-ups used to be a pretty involved process that required a new Notion doc, sharing links for pre-reading/pre-writing, prepping an agenda, and more.

Preparing for stand-ups used to be a pretty involved process that required a new Notion doc, sharing links for pre-reading/pre-writing, prepping an agenda, and more.

Preparing for stand-ups used to be a pretty involved process that required a new Notion doc, sharing links for pre-reading/pre-writing, prepping an agenda, and more.

Preparing for stand-ups used to be a pretty involved process that required a new Notion doc, sharing links for pre-reading/pre-writing, prepping an agenda, and more.

Now all we have to do is write a thread, click Presentation mode, and easily gain alignment on the things that matter most.

Now all we have to do is write a thread, click Presentation mode, and easily gain alignment on the things that matter most.

Now all we have to do is write a thread, click Presentation mode, and easily gain alignment on the things that matter most.

Now all we have to do is write a thread, click Presentation mode, and easily gain alignment on the things that matter most.

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A recommendation

A recommendation

A recommendation

If you're starting a company, I urge you to start your communication on Threads. You current and future teammates will thank you.

If you're starting a company, I urge you to start your communication on Threads. You current and future teammates will thank you.

If you're starting a company, I urge you to start your communication on Threads. You current and future teammates will thank you.

If you're starting a company, I urge you to start your communication on Threads. You current and future teammates will thank you.

Threads isn't a "Slack-killer" because that would indicate that Slack can even compete. Threads is the future of team communication for digital teams today. Period.

Threads isn't a "Slack-killer" because that would indicate that Slack can even compete. Threads is the future of team communication for digital teams today. Period.

Threads isn't a "Slack-killer" because that would indicate that Slack can even compete. Threads is the future of team communication for digital teams today. Period.

Threads isn't a "Slack-killer" because that would indicate that Slack can even compete. Threads is the future of team communication for digital teams today. Period.

"Threads isn't a "Slack-killer" because that would indicate that Slack can even compete."

"Threads isn't a "Slack-killer" because that would indicate that Slack can even compete."

"Threads isn't a "Slack-killer" because that would indicate that Slack can even compete."

"Threads isn't a "Slack-killer" because that would indicate that Slack can even compete."



Why we replaced Slack and Discord with Threads

Why we replaced Slack and Discord with Threads

Why we replaced Slack and Discord with Threads

How Homeroom has improved internal communication with Threads

How Homeroom has improved internal communication with Threads

How Homeroom has improved internal communication with Threads

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Why we replaced Slack and Discord with Threads

How Homeroom has improved internal communication with Threads

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