GroupMe Is A Good SXSW Find
When we were speculating about “the next big thing” that might launch at SXSW, Chris Hall mentioned Beluga. This group messaging company was recently acquired by Facebook. That caught my interest, but not enough to download the app. The next day, I read Steve Cheney’s blog post about joining GroupMe. I arrived at his blog via his analysis of Facebook’s new comment plug-in and found him to be a thoughtful writer. That credibility pushed me to try GroupMe.
I created a SXSW group of all my HealthCentral colleagues who came to Austin for the event. All I had to do was add a phone number or e-mail address for each person. It was quick and easy and has been super helpful. We have used the service to meet for dinner, suggest panels, and just generally touch base. Next time you’re at a big event with a group, try it out. It’s free, you can have up to 25 people on it, and you can use your own number or have one created especially for the event. You can keep the group indefinitely or set an expiration date on it.
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