For those of us that don’t own a Blackberry and therefore don’t have BBM capabilities, group chat still remains somewhat of a challenge. I like to send mass text messages to a select group of friends to quickly organize get-togethers or meetings, but the replies pile up in separate text conversations and the efficiency of a “group message” is lost. This week we introduced 3 free group chatting apps. Here’s three easy steps on how to get started and a couple more group chat apps to consider.
I recently came across Beluga, an app that gave me the best group chat experience so far. Even signing up is easy (for those who use Facebook) simply connect your Facebook profile and you’re ready to go.
3 Easy Steps to Hold a Group Chat
1. Sign in with Facebook.
2. Start a “pod” which is what Beluga refers to as a group. Organize each pod by the type of group you’re sending a message to such as “Game Night” or “Coworkers.”
3. Add names to the pod. Your contacts don’t need to have Beluga, just an email address or phone and they can reply through text message. Each reply will be collected in your single pod. The best part: no SMS fees apply.