Tired of sending separate text messages to each person in your family every time you’ve got a piece of important news? What about all the times you’ve had to send separate texts to each member of your soccer team because of a change in the schedule or practice location? Unless you’ve signed up for an unlimited texting plan with your mobile phone provider, those 10-cent messages can add up fast. For frequent texters who need to communicate with large groups of people at once, GroupMe might be the answer.
Essentially, GroupMe is a free group texting service that just about anyone can use. Type in your name and mobile number to start a new group, and GroupMe will send you a new phone number to use when contacting all the members of your team. Add a nickname and cell phone number for each person you’d like to invite to join your group, and you’re ready to start sending and receiving group text messages. The next time you’ve got an important text to send out—such as, if your flight information has changed and you’ll be arriving home for the holidays on a later date—just send a text to your group phone number and let GroupMe handle the delivery. Not only are messages sent to each member of your group, but they are preserved on your GroupMe wall online, too.
To manage your group, just use GroupMe’s easy hash tag commands or login to the website and make changes from any web-connected computer. It’s also worthwhile to know that GroupMe isn’t just a text-messaging tool. The service can also be used to facilitate conference calls for business usage, too. For groups of friends, teammates, business associates, and family members, GroupMe offers a new way of facilitating group communication that is both easy and cheap.
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