Slack is a great communication app, but it can do a lot more than just have a back and forth conversation between you and your colleagues. Here’s how to keep track of your favorite websites by adding RSS feeds to Slack.
Despite social media and mobile app feeds, RSS feeds are still one of the easiest and simplest ways to consume a website̵
Like SMS and email, RSS feeds are robust, simple, and supported almost everywhere, which is why, like SMS and email, they are likely to be around for a very long time. So if you want to keep an eye on what’s being published on a website or blog, RSS feeds are the best way to do it.
Slack allows you to connect as many RSS feeds to whatever channels you want as you want. The first thing to do is install the free RSS app from the Slack directory.
Once that’s done, you can add feeds to a specific Slack channel using slash commands in the chat window, or you can manage all of your feeds from the RSS app page.
There are three slash commands you can use to manage feeds in a channel.
/feedto add a feed
/feed listto see all feeds including their ID numbers
/feed remove [ID number]to delete a feed
Type to add a feed
/feed (replaces the feed address), then press the Enter or Return key.
Slackbot will confirm that you have added the feed.
You can add as many feeds as you want to a channel. If you want to see all your feeds, use
To delete a feed, you need to know its ID number, which you can see by running
/feed listCopy the ID number of the feed you want to delete and run
/feed remove [ID number]
Visit the RSS app page to manage all of your RSS feeds no matter what channel they are in. This will show you all feeds from all channels (except private channels of which you are not a member) and let you remove all feeds by clicking the “X” next to it.
Under the ‘Your Feeds’ section, you can add a feed to any public or private channel that you are a member of. Add the feed address, choose a channel to post to and click ‘Subscribe to this feed’.
Managing RSS feeds in Slack is quick and easy, so if you’re a Slack user who wants to keep track of your favorite websites, this is the way to do it.