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Slack integration

Set up Slack integration for Mind Doodle. This capability enables instant messaging support between Mind Doodle and Slack to improve team communication.

Who can set up this integration?

Our Slack integration can only be set up by someone who is:

  • Slack Admin for the chosen workspace, and
  • Doodle Owner for the chosen Doodle

Set up integration

To integrate with Slack, first decide which Mind Doodle team and Doodle you’d like to use. You can create a new team or Doodle if you prefer, or open the Doodle that you want to connect with your Slack channel.

There are two ways to set up your Slack integration:

  • Set up using command in Slack
  • Set up from Mind Doodle using Slack workspace URL

Find the Mind Doodle App

From Slack, click “Apps” or click “+ Add apps” in the left-side panel.

Screenshot of Slack showing where you can add apps and integrations

Search “Mind Doodle” or browse through Slack’s app directory.

Screenshot showing how to search for the Mind Doodle app using Slack's 'Browse Apps' search

Select Mind Doodle’s app from the search results. Click ‘View’.

Screenshot showing Mind Doodle in Slack's app directory search results

You will be shown the Mind Doodle page in the Slack App Directory. On the right of the page, there is a description of the app.

On the left of the page, under the Mind Doodle logo, click the green ‘Add’ button.

Screenshot of Mind Doodle in Slack App Directory to highlight the "add" button for adding the Mind Doodle Slack integration

Select channel in Slack workspace

Use the drop-down menu to select which Slack channel you want your messages from Mind Doodle to be posted to.

You will be redirected to Mind Doodle’s profile in the Slack App Directory.

Now that the App has been installed, you will see a green ‘Open in Slack’ button where the previous ‘Add’ button was.

Screenshot of Mind Doodle in Slack App Directory to highlight the "Open in Slack" button for adding the Mind Doodle Slack integration

Click ‘Open in Slack’.

Set up using command in Slack

Return to your Slack workspace and type the following command into your direct messages with Mind Doodle’s App: /minddoodle setup

Screenshot shows set up process to install Mind Doodle app in Slack

You will see the following message explaining how to proceed with the installation process:

Screenshot of Slack installation commands

Type: /minddoodle setup

Followed by the following:
-u and type the email address you use for Mind Doodle,
-p and type your password for Mind Doodle,
-d and type the Doodle ID, which are the numbers in the URL of your Doodle

Eg. /minddoodle setup -u [email protected] -p mypassword -d 100

After you have typed all of this, press enter.

TIP: If you do not know your “Doodle ID” you can obtain it by following the below steps:

  1. Login to your Mind Doodle team account.
  2. Open the Doodle you would like Slack to be connected with.
  3. Click the Doodle properties button located in the top left corner:
  1. Record the Doodle ID and use it within the /minddoodlle setup command.

If you have made a mistake, you will get an error message. Once you have successfully added your details, the Mind Doodle App will send you a link where you will be asked to match channels and finish the setup.

Set up from Mind Doodle using Slack workspace URL

To install the Mind Doodle App using your Slack workspace URL, complete all steps above until you reach the commands.

Instead, use your Slack URL to set up from Mind Doodle.

Click on the Slack icon in Mind Doodle, which uses the Slack logo, at the top of the screen.

Screenshot highlight Slack logo for integrating Slack with Mind Doodle

This will take you to the Slack Settings page.

Slack Settings

Click on the green ‘Enable’ button beside ‘Slack Settings’.

Screenshot shows Slack Settings for connecting Slack and Mind Doodle

Enter your Slack URL and click the green ‘Save’ button.

Once this has saved, a new ‘Add to Slack’ button will appear.

Screenshot showing the Add to Slack button as final step in integrating Slack with Mind Doodle

Click the ‘Add to Slack’ button and you will be redirected to the Slack app page.

Match channels

Approve permissions in Slack

From the Mind Doodle profile in the Slack App Directory, you will be prompted to review the app permissions as you scroll down the web page.

Screenshot for selecting Slack channel to connect Mind Doodle to

Click the green ‘Allow’ button at the bottom of the screen.

Screenshot of button in Slack that say "allow" for app permissions during installation process

Return to Mind Doodle

You will be redirected to the Mind Doodle App page in Slack. To finish the integration, navigate back to Mind Doodle.

Select your Mind Doodle thread

Match up a thread in Mind Doodle with the channel in Slack.

Improve communication

Messages sent from your Doodle will be shown in your channel in Slack, and messages sent from one channel in Slack will be shown in your chosen thread.

Each idea in your Doodle has a separate chat thread, so imagine you are choosing one idea to home your Slack chats.

Use the drop-down list under the title ‘Channel’ to select the channel in Slack that you want to connect.

Screenshot of Slack Settings page in Mind Doodle to show user how to match up chats and users for full integration

Then use the second drop-down list under the title ‘Idea’ to select a corresponding idea in Mind Doodle that you want to connect.

Screenshot of Slack Settings page in Mind Doodle to show user how to match up chats and users for full integration

Match users

Match up user profiles on Slack and Mind Doodle to make sure everyone in your team can benefit from the Slack integration.

Firstly, check everyone in your team has access to, and a user profile set up for, both your Mind Doodle team and Slack channel

Match the person’s Slack username to their Mind Doodle username. This way, each systems can show who sent messages from either platform.

Screenshot of Slack Settings page in Mind Doodle to show user how to match up chats and users for full integration

After matching the channel, idea and the users, click the green ‘Save’ button to save your changes.

Chat

Start chatting

Send a message in Slack or Mind Doodle as normal, and you’ll see it appear in real time on the other platform in the corresponding channel or thread.

Learn more about using Mind Doodle’s chat.

Share media files

You can send media files, such as an images, videos and gifs, or documents and other types of files.

Whatever you send via the Mind Doodle chat will appear in your Slack chat, and vice versa.

Tag users

When you tag someone from your team (eg. @username) and send a message in either Slack or Mind Doodle, both platforms will recognise this.

Emojis

Emojis can be used in both Slack and Mind Doodle.

Select your emoji by clicking on the emoji icon. Scroll using your mouse or use a keyword search to find the emoji you want to use. Alternatively, use you can use keyword shortcuts for common emojis.

Regardless of which platform you are using to type your message, once your message is sent, the message and the emojis will show across both platforms.

Task notifications

Tasks and DMs

Once you and your team have hooked up the Slack integration, you will receive Slack notifications about task updates when other team members interact with your tasks.

You will receive task updates via direct messages in Slack. These include:

  • When a task you created is moved across the task board by another team member (eg. to ‘Completed’)
  • When a task you created has been assigned to another team member
  • When a new task has been assigned to you by another team member

Learn more about adding and editing tasks in Mind Doodle.

Help commands

For helpful reminders and information when using our application in Slack, you can use these slash commands:
/minddoodle help
/minddoodle chat
/minddoodle tasks
/minddoodle setup
/minddoodle
support

To provide feedback, use the command /minddoodle feedback and type your feedback, then press enter.

Updated on September 18, 2019

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