Weekend Wr-App Up: GroupMe

Sorry I missed last week’s wr-app up, things were pretty hectic with tests and what have you.

This weekend’s app is called: GroupMe, a service owned by Microsoft that has hundreds of users and millions more messages sent every month.

GroupMe is a great way to stay connected with friends and family. Image source: BAPA/Ridge Run/GroupMe

GroupMe is a great way to stay connected with friends and family.
Image source: BAPA/Ridge Run/GroupMe

I’m sure we all have been in some sort of group chat, whether it be through SMS, or Facebook, or literal group chats with real humans (but let’s be realistic now). They’re nice but they can get a little messy, especially when replying, because usually the responder’s text only gets sent to the sender, and not the rest of the group members. And sometimes you want all of the group to see the reply right?

That’s where e-mail comes in…just kidding.

GroupMe is an application service that works on almost all types of devices that basically brings the best of e-mail and chain mail and picture messaging and group chats together.

What it essentially does is give you an option to create a group, give it a name, and add members to it and voila, you have a group chat. But this is no ordinary group chat. Whether you have the application or not, as long as you respond to the invitation to the group, which is sent over SMS to each member, you can reply and see every text, picture and video (yes, video) posted, without ever having to download the app. (Update: They recently contacted me saying they prefer using the app over this service, as the app has many more features then simple SMS, but it’s your call). It’s a great and smart feature that the company incorporated that can encompass a much larger group of people than just specifically smartphone owners. That’s right. Your Nokia 3310 can work with this. And if your phone has a data connection, you can see all the pictures and videos posted as well.

Create a group as easy as 1-2-3.

Create a group as easy as 1-2-3.

Speaking of pictures and videos, GroupMe members can send pictures to the group and, a more recently added feature (for iOS), can send 30 second videos as well. Watch out Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat. GroupMe is coming for you guys.

Another great feature is that this service can be accessed through the Web too. So essentially you don’t even need to have a phone in order to use this and stay in touch. There are many other features available through the app as well, such as the ability to like each person’s text, see the photo gallery of all the videos and pictures posted, etc.

I myself have multiple groups in GroupMe and find it very, very useful. Shoutout to my nitwits. GroupMe is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle and the Web, as far as I know. And no, after looking, I think Blackberry is till trying to catch up with the rest of the smartphone giants. Poor frui-I mean, phone.

So tell me, what do you think of the app? Make sure to give it a try, get a GroupMe working with Mom, Dad, and sis, or maybe with a group of friends. Or maybe just make one for yourself. Although that wouldn’t make sense. I’m not saying that I’ve tried it before.

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