How Slash Upgraded Emoji — Major ?Board Update
Picture the native iOS Emoji keyboard but better. Better because it now has a new fully built in Emoji Search System(just one of the many improvements Slash just released with this latest version push).We’ve spent a ton of time creating an Emoji experience that feels so native you’ll never tell the difference, that is until you see our magic blue search icon.
We’ve wrapped the old Emoji keyboard with an indexing system to allow for quick and easy emoji searches. Want fire? type ‘fire’. Looking for a sports Emoji, give ‘sports’ a try. In love? drop ‘love’ into our search bar. You never have to search through the same old Emoji categories again, that is unless you want to.
Everyone has their own way of browsing through news headlines. I love to use Slash Keyboard. It’s great because it gives me headlines from the sources of my choosing via our twitter service — ‘/twitter’.
Check out Slash Twitter’s functionality, if you drop in ‘@CNBC’ or ‘@BBC’ you get the recent Tweets from publications inside your keyboard. These tweets are special because they tend to be the headlines of articles. It’s a great way to get tidbits of focused news. If you look for sports news every morning drop in ‘@espn’ into Slash or get the latest tech news by inputting ‘@Techcrunch’. Whatever you choose to search you’ll likely get what you would have by sifting through websites. This is all made a ton more convenient by the fact that you never even have to leave your keyboard.
When sharing images with Slash all of the default iOS keyboard complexity is removed and you don’t ever have to leave your conversation. Simply click on our handy shortcut bar or type ‘/photos’ and you’re given every single one of your photos to scroll through and share.
What makes Slash ‘/photos’ so great? The answer here is very simple. Slash makes sharing as easy and simple as possible. The default iOS keyboard falls short here on a couple of fronts. First, if you’re searching for a photo you took some time ago, the iOS keyboard is going to take you out of your conversation and move you to your photo library to search. Secondly, the default iOS keyboard does not let you preview what the photo is going to look like in your messages before its sent. Slash handles all of this and bundles it into the above solution. Thanks and if you haven’t already, go download Slash!
How Slash Keyboard gives you full control over some of Giphy’s best hidden secrets
I’m about to outline two little secret features that we at Slash love to use with Slash Keyboard. Did you know that you had a Magic 8 Ball inside your keyboard? Or that you’re able to send a funny weather gif specific to the weather in any city of your choosing? You can, and with Slash you can do it straight from your keyboard!
Let’s start with the 8 ball. Ever find yourself dying for a bit of handy advice? Well now you can do something more fun than call up a buddy — ask the magic 8 ball inside your keyboard. With Slash simply input the query ‘#8ball’ followed by a question into Giphy and you’ll get back a totally random, fun gif with your answer. Check it out below.
An additional feature, a personal favorite of mine — Giphy’s weather function. So instead of sending around a boring text about the weather or tweeting about a city’s sudden change in temperature, why not turn it into a gif and have a little fun with it? With Slash, simply type ‘#weather’ followed by the same of your city and we’ll generate a gif with the current weather embedded into it.
How Slash Keyboard lets you unlock the magical world of Giphy Stickers
We’ve checked our data and Giphy is a huge hit with Slash Keyboard users — we’re not surprised because everyone here at Slash is crazy about gifs as well.
As cool as Giphy’s gifs are, I often find myself wanting to send media that’s a little more cartoony and playful than your average gif. It was difficult for me to find this sort of content, until Slash Keyboard showed me the way.
Slash Keyboard has opened up Giphy’s world of stickers to you, no I’m not referring to Imoji (which is another amazing service offering we have), I’m talking about Giphy Stickers! Check some out below.
Anyway, it’s super straight forward to search through Giphy’s massive catalog of stickers, simply input a search term in Slash, followed by the word ‘sticker’. Lets take a look at Slash in action.
I’ve been to many tech meet-ups and many ‘networking’ events where it’s expected of me to send follow-up emails after some casual chit chat with 100 different people. Occasionally I meet someone I’m eager to stay in contact with, even then it’s a bit of a process to write them a follow-up email. I’m not saying sending these follow-ups is a bad thing that I shouldn’t have to do, just that it becomes extremely time consuming after the first couple. The issue is, it requires writing repetitive emails and I don’t like writing the same email over and over again.
This is why Custom Slashes are great, I’ve configured 2 sets of Custom Slash emails, one for the casual follow up and one for the more formal follow up. Check out the gif, let us know what you think.
How I Save Time Everyday By Dropping A Pin For My Friends
I have never used a Slash feature as often as I use /pin. Since I first installed the application a couple of months ago, I’ve found that by far the most useful feature, for me at least, has been the pin drop. The /pin has seen huge improvements since it’s introduction into the Slash suite of features and I feel like today, it’s at a point where it can save anyone who uses it a ton of stress and time.
Every single person that has a smartphone has been through the hassle of having to explain to someone over text message their whereabouts — I’m forced to go through a couple annoying steps before eventually sending someone my location. This is the pain I feel, at the very least, on a weekly basis. With Slash it takes literally one click to find your location and send it.
Now I don’t only use Slash’s /pin to send my location, I often use it to simply find my current location for future reference. That’s what makes it so cool, you can either use it to send to someone, or to just save an address.
Check me out using the /pin with Slash Magic. Enjoy the rest of the week!
Signing off emails has always been a bit of a drag, not anymore though, Slash has made it as easy and effective as possible. At the end of every email, we’re resorted to having to put our name, company, number and maybe even the address of our work. I don’t really mind doing this when I’m on my desktop, but on my phone it’s an absolute nightmare.
I never wanted to hardcode a response into my Gmail, I don’t like the idea of that faded out sign-off stamp at the footer of every email, it seems cold. So when Slash gave me the ability to input and customize my own sign-off footers I began signing off every email perfectly and with total ease.
Custom Slashes let you configure any sign-off you want. By saving a simple template into the shortcut ‘/signoff’ you now never have to go through the aforementioned hassle again.
You could make a playful sign-off shortcut…
Or you could go the more formal route,
Slash Keyboard, Allowing for A Seamless Emoji Search Experience
I was never really crazy about the default iOS Emoji experience. I constantly found myself wanting to send a specific Emoji and then not being able to find it. The other day for instance, I finally had a reason to send the new Taco emoji, perfect, except its on the fourth page, under the food&drink section. By the time I found it, I missed my opportunity to send it. Will I remember where to look the next time I find a reason to send a Taco emoji? Most likely, ya, but that doesn’t mean it made for a good experience. I don’t want to have to think at all when I’m looking for my emoji. It shouldn’t be a process.
So why hasn’t the default emoji keyboard integrated a search? I honestly have no idea.
The Slash Keyboard team went through the trouble of indexing a ton of emoji with several keyboard search terms. Now, when I want to search for my Taco emoji. I just open up the keyboard and write the word ‘Taco’. I’m sending Tacos to everyone. Enjoy the week and if you haven’t already, download Slash at http://tapslash.com.
Custom Slashes, The New Way to Send Someone an Address
How many times have you found yourself in a position where you’re forced to text someone your entire address? Whether it’s through general conversation, trying to get someone to meet you, or even inputing an exact address on a site like Amazon, we’re constantly expected to be ready to type out our addresses. Custom Slashes save you the hassle of having to go through the repetitive process of rewriting your entire address. Let me outline some of the Custom Slashes that I use.
Anytime someone asks me for my home address I can just type ‘/home’ and I’m done. Anytime I need to refer someone to my office, I simply write ‘/office’. It’s straight forward and saves me that little bit of time everyday. You’re absolutely not limited to just having ‘/office’ or ‘/address’. The bottom line is, if you find yourself writing the same address more than at least once a week, using Custom Slashes could save you some time too. Check out my gif to see how Slash handles this issue and enjoy the weekend!