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Flickr co-founder creates Slack app to manage corporate communications problems

Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield wants to cut you some slack — he understands that your company is busy, and maybe encounters some internal communication issues.

So, he's decided to launch Slack, a real-time messaging, archiving, and search service for corporate relations.

The website, which boasts a simple "Be less busy" motto, takes a three-pronged approach: modern messaging, file sharing, and universal search.

Still in its early phases, the Mac, PC, iOS, and Android application is available only to a limited number of beta-testing teams. Interested organisations can sign up online for a chance to be one of the first to get their hands on Butterfield's new system.

Not exactly a novel approach to corporate communications, Slack offers a service for teams looking for a modern way to do business. The application archives and organises as you go, and offers configurable alerts, notifications, and a sync feature.

Users can also share, serve, star, and comment on images, PDFs, text snippets, zips, and even files stored outside of Slack, like in Google Docs. All of those documents and their trimmings are indexed and accessible from anywhere.

But with all of that data in one place, it can be easy to lose track of the very communication you were trying to streamline in the first place. Slack comes with a universal search function, which captures anything dropped into the service. "Slice, dice, filter, sort and winnow: you'll find what you need faster," the company website says.

In development by Tiny Speck, Inc., since January, Slack was launched with limited details and a rather hush-hush approach by Butterfield, whose experimental photo-sharing service took off in 2004, and was acquired by web giant Yahoo a year later.

Business Insider got a sneak peek at the service, which includes the Channels sidebar, where different trending topics are displayed, next to the chat window, which provides a place to discuss productivity in real time.

Co-worker connectivity is a growing market for startup companies, it seems. In late June, San Francisco-based Tomfoolery Inc. revealed Anchor, a Facebook-esque social network aimed at team building via shared photos, links, locations, and more.

Anchor initially launched as a web and iOS app, with chat functionality to call, email, or message people directly or in a group setting.

Image credit: Flickr (davidsanders)