We asked Sets founder, Oliver Littlejohn, about building an add-on for Slack where members can access a community portal. Oliver has eight years of experience building the community at CodeBase, a tech cluster in Scotland. He chose Bubble because the no-code platform enabled him to build a fully functioning web app without writing a line of code.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
Sets is an add on for Slack that turns it into a community. It adds a community portal that members access via their Slack credentials, where they can easily find people with similar interests, get regular updates about important events, and help co-curate a community wiki. It helps community managers cut themselves out of the equation - both by allowing members to connect serendipitously, and automating some of the community admin like sending out weekly roundups.
How does your app work?
For a community member, they'll immediately be greeted with upcoming events for the community, a list of people involved, and a searchable database of the most useful content - all organised by relevant tags. Updates for all of these things are fed directly into the Slack workspace, so once a user is set up they can see important things instantly in Slack. There are also commands from within Slack that let a community member contribute to both the events schedule and the wiki.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
I've got 8 years of experience building the community at CodeBase, a tech cluster in Scotland. Off the back of that, I felt that while Slack is a great way to connect people, it misses a few key elements to help truly bring a community together. I discovered Bubble via nocode.tech, and thought I'd play around with it to understand how entrepreneurs can build MVPs - but ended up creating my own tool.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
I love Bubble because of the freedom it gives me - you can truly make a web app do what you want, rather than relying on templates or pre-built blocks. The plugin ecosystem is huge as well - so much opportunity.
What have been your milestones or successes so far?
Getting my first few communities signed up and using it, and working with their feedback to make it better.
What are your next steps or future plans for your app?
It's still in Beta, and I've got a public roadmap for the features that are going to be introduced over the coming months. Once it's live, I'd love to start exploring how I can support community managers more - better analytics, better prompts to engage, that kind of thing.
Learn more about Sets
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