Notifications are a great way to keep you aware of what’s happening in services. They are especially useful in communication apps where they let you know that there’s a new message for you to see as soon as it’s sent.
While in many direct messaging applications you may want a notification for every message you receive, this isn’t necessarily the case in chat room type apps, such as Slack. There are many messages that may be sent in a server that just don’t affect you and are not important for you to see. Therefore, Slack doesn’t notify you of every message that is sent. By default, Slack notifies you if you are mentioned in a message, if you are direct messaged, or if a message thread you follow gets a new reply.
There may be certain subjects that are important for you to be aware of though, for these, you can configure notification keywords. If a message is posted to a channel you are in and contains one or more of your keywords, then you will receive a notification. This can be incredibly useful if you want to be kept up to date with how a project is progressing or how happy a client is but don’t want to wade through lots of other posts that aren’t related to you. If you want to add a notification keyword, you need to configure your preferences. To do so, click on your profile picture in the top-right corner, then click on “Preferences”.
Once in your preferences, enter keywords in the “My keywords” text box. Each keyword should be separated by a comma, you also only need to enter them once as they are not case sensitive. Your changes are automatically applied so you can just close the preferences popup when you’re done adding keywords.