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What are channels?

Channels organize your team’s threads around broad topics like team, project, location, or area of interest. They make it easier for teams to browse and find the information they need.

Learn more about how they work below:

When starting out with Twist, browse and join the channels that are relevant to you. If you don’t see a channel for your project or team, you can create a new one and invite the relevant people.

Channels can be public or private. Public channels are visible to everyone, and private channels will only be visible to invited team members.

Here’s a channel in action:


  1. Channel
  2. Number of members
  3. Public/private channel
  4. Channel description
  5. Mark all threads as read
  6. Channel options
  7. Start a new thread
  8. List of threads in channel

You can organize channels however you like:

  • By team (i.e. #Marketing, #Sales)
  • By project (i.e. #New Website, #New Client)
  • By time period (i.e. #Q1 2017, #Summer 2018)
Every Twist team has a default channel, which your team can use for whatever purpose suits you best. At Doist, we call our general channel the #Doist Lounge and use it for company news and other team-wide announcements. Read more about general channels and general messages.

Learn more about how to use channels:

When you invite a guest to a channel, they can only see the threads and users in that channel.