Here at Splash Effect we use an app called Slack to keep our team on the same page. An alternative to email, Slack is where we discuss client projects and share ideas when we aren’t all in the office. But for our team, Slack is much more than where we discuss our daily tasks. It’s become our watercooler, where we can chat about those things unrelated to work that help build a vibrant and inclusive community. For an agency with a flexible home/office policy, Slack is where we chat about anything and everything to simulate that awesome office culture wherever we are. It’s also where we go to stimulate our minds when we need a little break so we can create great work day in and day out.
Each month we plan to do a round-up of the things that have been making us laugh, think, and smile on Slack so you can get a sneak peak into our culture here at Splash. We think it’s pretty fun aboard this ship and we hope you do too. So without further ado, here’s our first Slack round-up:
If you have spent any time on the internet at all you’ll know that GIFs are an increasingly popular way to communicate on social media. Like emoji, GIFs allow you to express yourself visually in a medium that is traditionally textual. They can also be used to clarify tone and to add humour to a comment. So, of course, one of first Slack integrations we enabled was, the Giphy command. However the Giphy command selects a GIF for you based on the keyword you provide, which often returns not quite the result you expected or were hoping for. But the upside is that it’s always hilarious. These /Giphy fails have been occurring quite frequently in our Slack channel lately, which is has proven to be a source of much entertainment. Here are some of our best fails from this month:
AT FIRST WE WERE EXCITED
BUT SOON IT BECAME A BIT FRUSTRATING
BUT WE KEPT TRYING
WE THOUGHT WE WERE JUST UNLUCKY
BUT THEN GIPHY GOT SASSY
AND THEN IT JUST GOT WEIRD…
We’re still trying to make it work, but for now we’ve accepted that the /giphy command is like russian roulette, but safer (thank goodness).
2) The DNA Journey
Eric (Intern at SkillsCamp) shared this incredible video called “The DNA Journey.” With over 6 million views since the beginning of the month you probably have seen it too. If you haven’t though, do as Eric originally suggested and take 5 minutes to watch the video below. It’ll truly change your perspective.
3) Mini-pop kids
Hamza sent us all down a weird nostalgic path when he shared one of those old Mini Pop Kids commercials. You know the ones – a bunch of kids singing the hits of the day (many of those songs being totally inappropriate for their age) with the classic voiceover advertizing the CD you can buy exclusively at Walmart. Not familiar? Check it out below. It’s truly an experience you’ll never forget (even though you might want to). Thanks, HK.
5) Best Canadian Snacks (blame Buzzfeed Canada)
This is absolutely accurate and cannot be disputed. Come at me. pic.twitter.com/CKv2dqDYji
— BuzzFeed Canada (@BuzzFeedCanada) June 16, 2016
ICYMI: In June Buzzfeed Canada tweeted this “Definitive Ranking of the Best Canadian Snacks” and it received an unexpected amount of response and debate. Basically, people got really, really mad about Buzzfeed’s ranking (in a way only the internet can get really, really mad about something). Always interested by social media posts that make a splash, I posted this cannonball of a tweet and its follow up (below) in our Slack channel.
WE ARE SUPER SORRY, SORRY SORRY SORRY SORRY SORRY pic.twitter.com/M6CZqmUHXN
— BuzzFeed Canada (@BuzzFeedCanada) June 17, 2016
Which of course caused our own debate (including our co-founders clashing on the Godliness of all-dressed chips).
Someone please tell the manufacturers of Miss Vickie’s or Kettle Chips to make all dressed chips? Splash Effect would really appreciate it. K, thanks.
4) Auctioneer Beats
Next up on “where does Hamza find this stuff” is Auctioneer Beats. I don’t think this needs any explanation. Just watch the Vines below and you’ll totally get it.
Amazing, right? 😂
5 ) When “Mady Face” became a Meme
You might recall that Mady, our Graphic design intern, shared this glorious photo of her as a kid in her most recent blog post.
Well, we loved that smile so much that this happened:
And it keeps happening. When we’re talking about Brexit…
When we’re imagining what it’s like to be Dj Khaled’s graphic designer…
And when Mady bring us Red Bull…
It’s safe to say “Mady face” is officially a thing. Never change, Mady. ❤️
That’s it for this month! Come back in July for another peek into our Slack channel! 🐳