Why Is Group Text Messaging Useful?
- "Is our ball game canceled tonight because of the rain?"
- "There's no parking behind the restaurant! Park two blocks north on the avenue!"
- "We're planning on raiding the last boss tonight at 9pm. Can you be online to help?"
- "I'm in line at the Underground Dance Club. Look for my green t-shirt in the back"
What Is 'GroupMe' Text Messaging?
Each participant installs the app and creates an account attached to an email address or cell phone number. Then with their handle-name of choice, each participant can form text message distribution lists or join existing distribution lists. These lists operate like a form of high-speed discussion forum, sharing text conversations with everyone in the group. Anyone can send a message that is viewable by everyone else in the group.
Every text message is preserved until you choose to delete/hide your own messages in the future. This way, conversations are stored for any latecomers to see. (NOTE: this can cause awkwardness if you're not careful what you censor when you invite new people to the group.)
The GroupMe app uses web data to send and receive the text messages. But you can also choose to use SMS (simple messaging service) so that you can chat from non-smartphone devices.
GroupMe also provides alarm notifications that play as sounds, or show as icons in your mobile device screen.
Who Should Use GroupMe?
- Sports teams: football, ultimate disc, soccer, slo-pitch, rugby, dragon boat paddlers: this is how you can communicate rain-outs and changes to the practice sites.
- College fraternities and clubs: GroupMe is ideal for coordinating the spontaneity of youthful fun and play.
- Groups of friends: coordinate your evenings, dinners, nightclub excursions, and more.
- Festival/concert goers: if you and your pals are attending a big music event, group text messaging is extremely useful for communicating amidst the loudness.