Depending on how many people you'd like to notify, you have a few options for making announcements in Slack using mentions.
- @everyone notifies every person in the #general channel, @channel notifies all members of a channel, and @here notifies only the active members of a channel.
- These mentions won't notify people when their notifications are paused, or when they're used in threads.
- In channels with at least six members, Slack will ask you to confirm before you send a message with any of these mentions. Owners and admins can turn this warning off.
@everyone can only be used in the #general channel, which is a channel that all members (except guests) are automatically added to. This mention will notify everyone in the #general channel whether their availability is set to active or away.
When to use @everyone
- Give your organization information about a new vacation policy.
- Alert everyone in the company about an emergency evacuation drill.
Use @channel to let everyone in a channel know about timely, relevant information. This will trigger a desktop or mobile notification for all members of the channel, whether their availability is set to active or away.
When to use @channel
- Update your team about a last-minute change to a project deadline.
- Let members know when you adjust a work process or the channel structure.
Use @here when you only need the attention of people who are actively working in any channel you’re a member of. This is great for when you don’t want to notify teammates who aren’t available at the time.
When to use @here
- Schedule an impromptu event for people who are available, like a lunch outing.
- Get a question answered quickly by teammates who are working.