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Slack Introduces Message Buttons

Posted on 6.22.2016

Message Buttons have arrived at Slack to allow users to interact with apps directly. According to the communication platform, the update marks the biggest change to Slack since its inception.

The buttons are available in the Slack API and can be added to any existing app. What’s more, the buttons operate within message attachments, with up to five buttons being allowed in a single message. The goal of the buttons is to make apps easier to use.

“For developers it’s the same story; your bots won’t have to parse human language as much if you let users make direct choices.,” Slack said in its announcement. “The result is a new way of building apps for Slack, one that relies less on complex multi-step interactions, while letting you increase user engagement within Slack.”

Those who have already built an app for Slack can check the API documentation for Message Buttons. Those still considering what kind of app to build for the platform, however, should take into consideration the direct interactions that Message Buttons enable, which can simplify an application’s flow. Currently there are more than 500 apps available in Slack’s App Directory.

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