As our final project in COM 435, Communication and Emerging Technologies, we were asked to create a step-by-step blog/ tutorial explaining how to use a new social media. I will be explaining how to use GroupMe, a social media program that allows people to have group conversations. These conversations are accessible through texts (on both smartphones and easy use phones), and can also be accessed on the GroupMe webpage or GroupMe app. This media is ideal for event planning, team projects, work partnerships, and for organizing family/friend group events. For this project I will be focusing on how to create a GroupMe account and how to get started with the program on your computer.
Personally, I use GroupMe frequently. It allows me to keep in constant contact with the other members of my internship. In this way we can have organized discussions outside of our meeting time. We are also able to use it as a social network, as we are able arrange meetings and social outings. GroupMe also comes in handy on show days, days that we run concerts that we have planned, as it gives us a way to distribute tasks, communicate orders, and keep track of everything going on. The only issue I’ve had with GroupMe was on an easy use phone. My phone would announce each text individually — which became a problem when everyone would send multiple texts. This eventually caused my phone to shut down. Since then I have traded my easy use phone in for a smart phone, I no longer have any problems with GroupMe.
Let’s begin by exploring how to create a GroupMe account:
First, you will want to go to http://www.groupme.com.
Select “Log In”.
Once on this page, you will more options to “log in”, “log in with Facebook”, or “Register with GroupMe”. In order to open an account you will need to select “Register with GroupMe” This will bring you a standard registration page where you will be asked to enter your email.
At this point it is recommended that you sign up using the email you use most. This will make it easier to keep track of, something especially important when using GroupMe to interact with team members or friends.
Here you will be asked a few simple questions including your full name and password. Once again it is important to use your real name if you intend to use this program in a professional setting.
After you fill out the information requested by GroupMe, you will be asked to read their “Terms of Service”. After doing so you will check the box on the lower left and click the green button/”Next!”
The next step before your account is open is to add your phone number. In doing so you will enable GroupMe to access you through texts /SMS. This will enable your team members to keep in contact with you, something that will be discussed in more detail later.
After selecting “Send SMS” as seen in the screenshot above, you will be redirected to a page that says to expect a text in the next 5+ minutes. This text will contain your GroupMe pin, which you will enter in the circled area. Once done, you will be able to select “Verify Your Phone Number”.
Congratulations! You have officially set up a GroupMe account! From here, I will take you through creating a group. As you can see I am currently a member of two groups, both used for my internship. To create your own group select “Start Group”, under the “Your Groups Page.
Here, you will be given several options. First, you will choose a name, suggestions can be seen on the right. Second, you may choose your members by typing in their name, phone or email and selecting “Add”. As you can see, you will already be added as a member to any group you create.
On the same page you will be able to chose an image as your Group Aviator (This is an image everyone in the group will see and be represented by). Finally, you will be able to select “Create Group” — You have officially made your first group on GroupMe!
Now that you have a group page you will be able to interact with those added. On the bottom of the page is a text box. Use this to write to your team — when you are not using your phone or app.
In the top middle white box there is a up to date board, which will include your texts/photos. This program also features a “Like” or “Heart” function. This can be accessed on each post by selecting the grey heart outline. Once this feature is activated, the heart will turn red and keep a running count of how many others like each post.
*** These texts/photos will also be seen on your connected phone, allowing you to be active, or on the go while keeping in touch with your team. This is ideal for jobs that require participation outside of the office.
First, lets select “Notifications”. Here you will be able to select your alerts — if you would like notifications sent to your phone or not. You will also be given the option to set your group to office mode. This means that notifications will not be sent to group members in order to minimize distractions during the work day.
Congratulations! You have officially created your very own GroupMe account and group! Feel free to explore the program even more by returning to the main page (www.groupme.com) in order to download the app for your phone.