Are you constantly on Slack at work? Paypal has launched their very first Paypal Slack bot for users in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US. The popular team messaging app currently boasts 5 million daily active users and person-to-person payments are currently on of the most used features on Paypal, so this new Paypal bot should make putting a group gift together for your co-workers way easier in the future.
To access the bot, all you have to do is install the Paypal bot on the Slack App Directory and link your account. You can make payments using the shortcode/paypal and the recipient’s Slack handle. You can send up to $10,000 in one transaction without even exiting your Slack conversation. In a statement on Paypal, Meron Colbeci says, “At PayPal, we’re focused on offering our customers a variety of innovative, easy and secure ways to move and manage their money. With this in mind, we built on the Slack platform to launch PayPal’s very first bot.”
This isn’t the first time the company has worked on other messenger platforms—Paypal has previously linked up with Facebook Messenger to be one of the payment options for shoppers and others. Person-to-person payment apps like Venmo are abundant, so allowing Slack users to link their account is clever way of distinguishing the bot.
Here’s a short video from Paypal explaining how that works:
Like other Slack commands, all you have do is type /Paypal, the amount, and indicate the recipient. Slack is all about combining all the communications tools in once place, so this bot adds to its long list of features to (hopefully) make your team more productive. Alternatively, everyone will enjoy more coffee breaks and lunches. It’s a win-win situation!
The example in the video where the bot is being used to reimburse someone for grabbing coffee will probably be one of the more common uses of it. After all, if you’re trying to keep things private and professional it might be wise not to let your co-workers see your Venmo history. As clever as those captions are, no one needs to know how much late night fast food you’re eating.
Do you use Slack on a regular basis? What do you think about the new Paypal slack bot?