Using Slack as an information center: Mailclark

I've been using Slack as a personal information hub, and if you haven't tried this, you're missing out. I plan to share some tips based on things I'm doing, and today's topic is email.

If you're on a paid plan, Slack has some limited email integration built in, but if you really want to supercharge your personal Slack's email capability (or you're on the free tier), you need Mailclark.

Mailclark is an integration that allows you to both receive and send email directly from your Slack team, and it gives you a separate email address for each channel. For example, mail for your #general channel would go to general@yourteamname.mailclark.ai. You determine which channels have Mailclark built in by inviting user @mailclark to each channel.

You can use this in some interesting ways. Create a bookmarks channel, and email the URL to bookmarks@yourteamname.mailclark.ai. Have your travel itineraries sent to travel@yourteamname.mailclark.ai. Save recipes to recipes@yourteamname.mailclark.ai.

Use Gmail or another service that allows plus addressing? Change your login email for Amazon to yourname+amazon@gmail.com, and set up a filter that directs all mail sent to that address to orders@yourteamname.mailclark.ai and auto-archives the original. That way, you have the original safely tucked away, and you get a notification in Slack when your order ships or is delivered--and it keeps your email inbox uncluttered.

Another neat use is with Nixle, which is the service many U.S. public safety agencies use to disseminate information. Sign up with a channel-specific Mailclark address, and get alerts sent to your Slack:

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So there you have it. Mailclark and Slack. Try it and let me know what you think!