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Basecamp vs Slack: What are the differences?

Basecamp: The leading web-based project management and collaboration tool. Basecamp is a project management and group collaboration tool. The tool includes features for schedules, tasks, files, and messages; Slack: Bring all your communication together in one place. Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together.

Basecamp and Slack are primarily classified as "Project Management" and "Group Chat & Notifications" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Basecamp are:

  • Basecamp is super fast and famously easy to use.
  • Basecamp helps you get caught up if you’ve been away.
  • Have full control of who sees which projects.

On the other hand, Slack provides the following key features:

  • Create open channels for the projects, groups and topics that the whole team shares.
  • Search with context
  • Autocomplete makes mentioning your teammates quick and painless.

"Team collaboration (non-tech)" is the top reason why over 67 developers like Basecamp, while over 1198 developers mention "Easy to integrate with" as the leading cause for choosing Slack.

According to the StackShare community, Slack has a broader approval, being mentioned in 4744 company stacks & 3359 developers stacks; compared to Basecamp, which is listed in 123 company stacks and 51 developer stacks.

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What is Basecamp?

Basecamp is a project management and group collaboration tool. The tool includes features for schedules, tasks, files, and messages.

What is Slack?

Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together.
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    What are some alternatives to Basecamp and Slack?
    Asana
    Asana is the easiest way for teams to track their work. From tasks and projects to conversations and dashboards, Asana enables teams to move work from start to finish--and get results. Available at asana.com and on iOS & Android.
    Trello
    Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process.
    Jira
    Jira's secret sauce is the way it simplifies the complexities of software development into manageable units of work. Jira comes out-of-the-box with everything agile teams need to ship value to customers faster.
    Dropbox
    Harness the power of Dropbox. Connect to an account, upload, download, search, and more.
    Microsoft Teams
    See content and chat history anytime, including team chats with Skype that are visible to the whole team. Private group chats are available for smaller group conversations.
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    Decisions about Basecamp and Slack
    Kirill Shirinkin
    Kirill Shirinkin
    Cloud and DevOps Consultant at mkdev · | 11 upvotes · 309.1K views
    atmkdevmkdev
    G Suite
    G Suite
    GitLab
    GitLab
    Rollbar
    Rollbar
    Stripe
    Stripe
    Mailchimp
    Mailchimp
    Intercom
    Intercom
    Basecamp
    Basecamp
    Slack
    Slack
    Trello
    Trello

    As a small startup we are very conscious about picking up the tools we use to run the project. After suffering with a mess of using at the same time Trello , Slack , Telegram and what not, we arrived at a small set of tools that cover all our current needs. For product management, file sharing, team communication etc we chose Basecamp and couldn't be more happy about it. For Customer Support and Sales Intercom works amazingly well. We are using MailChimp for email marketing since over 4 years and it still covers all our needs. Then on payment side combination of Stripe and Octobat helps us to process all the payments and generate compliant invoices. On techie side we use Rollbar and GitLab (for both code and CI). For corporate email we picked G Suite. That all costs us in total around 300$ a month, which is quite okay.

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    Vishnu KS
    Vishnu KS
    Software Engineer at Zulip · | 5 upvotes · 16K views
    atZulipZulip
    Slack
    Slack
    Zulip
    Zulip

    Zulip has easily the best threading model among all the chat applications and I prefer it over Slack, Mattermost, RocketChat, Hipchat, Discord etc. Each and every conversation is a seperate thread and has a topic. This model makes it extremely easier to catch up and participate in conversations. Once you get used to the threading model of Zulip its hard to tolerate threading model like Slack which is really inefficient and time wasting.

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    Radu Cioplea
    Radu Cioplea
    Jira
    Jira
    Asana
    Asana
    Basecamp
    Basecamp
    Trello
    Trello
    #Kanban

    There are lots of project management tools available nowadays. The choice ended up between Trello and Basecamp. Asana , JIRA and monday.com got a fair review but they didn't make it to the final list for several reasons (either way to complex or some UX issues or just too many options - good in some cases but not a good fit in this case).

    Between Basecamp and Trello the battle was between ease of use and price. Basecamp packs a great set of features and if you are ready to move to an all in one solution: chat, file storage, and a PM tool, then @basecanp is by far the right choice. But since all the features are within one package that cannot be customized, moving to Basecamp but only using a part of the tool feels.. well.. not right. On the other hand Trello has the #kanban format that is just too easy to use and the price point for small and midsize team that no one can beat.

    At the end, all solutions have a good fit in some cases. A better fit. But I think Trello can do the job in any case - it can fit with any scenario.

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    rishig
    rishig
    Head of Product at Zulip · | 4 upvotes · 24.2K views
    atZulipZulip
    RocketChat
    RocketChat
    Mattermost
    Mattermost
    Slack
    Slack

    I use Zulip instead of Slack, Mattermost, or RocketChat because of its first class threading. One week after switching to Gmail (in 2004) I realized I was never (willingly) going to use an unthreaded email product again. I had that same experience the first time I saw Zulip.

    Zulip is also fully open-source, with a well-maintained (e.g. 90+% test coverage, fully static python), easily extensible code-base. In many companies, your communication platform (chat or email) is the center of the workplace -- no one asks for a chat integration into their calendar, they ask for a calendar integration into their chat. A fully open-source codebase means you can customize Zulip to your needs, and are never at the whim of a corporate maintainer who can't or won't fix simple bugs, or who will charge you tens of thousands of dollars for making minor customizations.

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    Slack
    Slack
    Zulip
    Zulip

    I use Zulip because I love how it lets me focus on my work, and doesn't need me to be constantly online to be able to participate in conversations that matter to me. Zulip's topics make it super easy to get an overview of all the conversations that happened while I was away, and pick and choose the conversations that I want to catch-up with. Slack 's threads seem like an after-thought and aren't effective for catching-up at all!

    I also love the Zulip community, and the care and effort put in by the members to make it a friendly and welcoming community to new developers, and to make the contribution experience pleasant for all the contributors.

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    Francisco Quintero
    Francisco Quintero
    Tech Lead at Dev As Pros · | 7 upvotes · 48.4K views
    atDev As ProsDev As Pros
    Twist
    Twist
    Slack
    Slack
    ESLint
    ESLint
    JavaScript
    JavaScript
    RuboCop
    RuboCop
    Heroku
    Heroku
    Amazon EC2
    Amazon EC2
    Rails
    Rails
    Node.js
    Node.js

    For many(if not all) small and medium size business time and cost matter a lot.

    That's why languages, frameworks, tools, and services that are easy to use and provide 0 to productive in less time, it's best.

    Maybe Node.js frameworks might provide better features compared to Rails but in terms of MVPs, for us Rails is the leading alternative.

    Amazon EC2 might be cheaper and more customizable than Heroku but in the initial terms of a project, you need to complete configurationos and deploy early.

    Advanced configurations can be done down the road, when the project is running and making money, not before.

    But moving fast isn't the only thing we care about. We also take the job to leave a good codebase from the beginning and because of that we try to follow, as much as we can, style guides in Ruby with RuboCop and in JavaScript with ESLint and StandardJS.

    Finally, comunication and keeping a good history of conversations, decisions, and discussions is important so we use a mix of Slack and Twist

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    Aghmat Abrahams
    Aghmat Abrahams
    Junior Data Engineer at Impact Radius · | 5 upvotes · 17.5K views
    Slack
    Slack
    OpsGenie
    OpsGenie
    GitHub
    GitHub
    Jira
    Jira
    Mattermost
    Mattermost

    Slack is the industry standard for managed instant messaging (IM). A good alternative would be to self (or cloud) host an open source IM such as Mattermost but as always it would be a good idea to do a cost benefit analysis between the solutions.

    Some of the main things to consider:

    • Having a good SDK for plugin creation
    • Having good integrations with existing tools ( JIRA , GitHub , OpsGenie , etc.)
    • Cost
    • Maintenance and administration
    • Covers all your businesses use cases
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    Mark Nelissen
    Mark Nelissen
    CTO at Gemsotec bvba · | 5 upvotes · 24.5K views
    Mattermost
    Mattermost
    Skype
    Skype
    Stride
    Stride
    HipChat
    HipChat
    Slack
    Slack

    I use Slack because it offers the best experience, even on the free tier (which we're still using). As a comparison, I have had in depth experience with HipChat, Stride, Skype, Google Chat (the new service), Google Hangouts (the old service). For self hosted, Mattermost is open source and claims to support most Slack integrations, but I have not extensively investigated this claim.

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    Slack
    Slack
    Spectrum
    Spectrum
    Discord
    Discord
    Gitter
    Gitter

    From a StackShare Community member: “We’re about to start a chat group for our open source project (over 5K stars on GitHub) so we can let our community collaborate more closely. The obvious choice would be Slack (k8s and a ton of major projects use it), but we’ve seen Gitter (webpack uses it) for a lot of open source projects, Discord (Vue.js moved to them), and as of late I’m seeing Spectrum more and more often. Does anyone have experience with these or other alternatives? Is it even worth assessing all these options, or should we just go with Slack? Some things that are important to us: free, all the regular integrations (GitHub, Heroku, etc), mobile & desktop apps, and open source is of course a plus."

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    Reviews of Basecamp and Slack
    Review ofSlackSlack

    Today the impossible happened, our beloved Slack crashed sending chaos into offices around the globe. “Wow, how am I now going to vote for the flavour of our new office candy???”, I thought. But even though it might not have felt like it, everything else around us was still working: the world was still spinning, South Korea was winning over Germany at the World Cup, and today’s quotas and goals had to be met. In these situations, people most often turn towards traditional messaging tools like messenger, WhatsApp or email and hope for the best — that Slack will be back up soon. However, these temporary remedies are not without their complications: undelivered messages that you thought were read, lost documents, mental breakdowns, wasted time, etc.… In general, for us it creates a problematic gap in our office chat history.

    But what if I told you that these crashes could potentially never occur again?

    Yes, this is real life, and it’s exactly what mesh technology is about so we are going to explain it. In this scenario, if Slack ran with mesh networks, its users would not have been affected by its current technology’s single point of failure, which in this case was the crash of the server.

    Lol okay, how is this possible bc this is real life???

    Mesh networks might not sound familiar to everyone so let’s compare it with other well-known networking topologies. Consider a Local Area Network (LAN), where devices are connected to a central access point (imagine it like a star with the central access point in the middle and the devices located at the ends). Be it LAN or wifi, the idea is the same, so when I send a message on Slack, it first arrives at the Slack server (the central access point) and from there it is sent to the recipient.

    In mesh networks, devices are directly connected to each other. They form a local network using existing connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi as “connectors”. Devices can act as “routers” and forward messages and files to others, enabling the content to hop between them until it reaches a destination. This eliminates the need for a central entity.

    Let’s apply this concept to today’s crisis. If slack ran on top of mesh networks, their consumers would still be able to communicate and send files even though they were not connected to the crashed server. Once it was up and running again, all their group conversations which would have taken place during the outrage would be uploaded back to Slack’s server once they were back online.

    Honestly, it’s that simple. To Slack, it would not only be convenient for its customers in situations like these (because we would never have Slack crashes), it would also considerably reduce their own infrastructure costs and prevent them from having moments that they might find embarrassing.

    So slack, if you see that mesh networks could potentially help you, come talk to us.

    HypeLabs https://hypelabs.io

    Avatar of sergiotapia
    Senior Software Engineer
    Review ofSlackSlack

    Slack is gorgeous and runs on multiple platforms - that's benefit #1. You can easily talk on your iMac then switch to your Android device on the fly.

    The one thing I don't really like about it is how it handles multiple organization accounts.

    I am a software consultant so I typically work with multiple teams over the months and it's odd to 'log into the right account'. It's not intuitive at all.

    I would like there to be a way for users to easily pick a 'Persona' and not accidentally post to the wrong company.

    Review ofSlackSlack

    Slack filled a very complicated role and did it elegantly.

    Its very well designed and easy to use. Adding integrations can be complicated but their documentation with images makes it very easy.

    Also I contacted support and get a relevant answer quickly!

    All this on the free plan, you better bet we will be upgrading soon.

    Avatar of vamseev
    Product Manager at StackShare
    Review ofSlackSlack

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    How developers use Basecamp and Slack
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    StackShare uses SlackSlack

    I first heard about Slack from my friend Matt (shout out to Final!). He was helping me out with some Rails issues so we started using Slack and I liked it. Specifically, the chat interaction. But also all the integrations. I wasn’t thinking of it as a tool to end all tools at first, just a chat tool with some cool integrations. Then I created a Slack account for StackShare, and that’s when things got real.

    Sentry got easier to stay on top of, Heroku was easier to see activity from, discussions were more fluid, and the mobile app was killer. Most of the tools I use either don’t have a mobile app or have shitty ones. Slack is like a replacement for all the mobile apps my tools should have.

    I don’t find Slack particularly useful for focused discussions, so I doubt it will replace email anytime soon for us. Things like product discussions/debates are best via email. It forces you to think before you type and have a clear back and forth with someone.

    Small gripe: I wish Slack would disable email notifications by default, I still haven’t figured out how to turn those off.

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    shridhardalavi uses SlackSlack

    Slack is an instant messaging and collaboration system It unifies your entire team communications, making your workflow, well, flow a lot better. It is a cloud-based set of proprietary team collaboration tools and services. Slack teams allow communities, groups, or teams to join through a specific URL or invitation sent by a team admin or owner.

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    SaberEsPoder uses SlackSlack

    Slack is our go-to communication tool and it's slowly replacing emails across all departments of the company. We built our own Slack Bot to help us with simple DevOps stuff; Honeybadger notifies us in real time of errors happening on production in our monitoring channel; CircleCI reports builds status and deployment info as well.

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    Andrew Gatenby uses SlackSlack

    Team comms is essential. The R&D team is distributed over two offices, as well as the chance that people are working from home. Slack provides lots of options of keeping individuals and groups up to date. We also use it to integrate into services such as Github and Sentry.

    Avatar of Refractal
    Refractal uses SlackSlack

    Slack is a lifesaver, not only for our day to day team communications and it's direct links into our other tools, but for Beta testing as well, with our custom Slack bot in our beta group being an invaluable asset to avoid giving our testers direct JIRA access.

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    Megan Morsie uses BasecampBasecamp

    I have used Basecamp for my project management system while in school at Bowling Green State University and at KHM Travel Group.

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    Packet uses BasecampBasecamp

    Basecamp is a great tool for our non-development related collaborations. Everything from marketing to corporate planning.

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    Forma uses BasecampBasecamp

    We use basecamp to interact with our customers during a project

    Avatar of BrightMachine
    BrightMachine uses BasecampBasecamp

    The usual. Good for communicating with clients and suppliers.

    Avatar of AmericanBibleSociety
    AmericanBibleSociety uses BasecampBasecamp

    We've been slowly moving away from Basecamp.

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