Let’s face it, we live in a world of internet-based communication. In fact, most of us tend to keep in contact with our friends and loved ones with messaging clients, especially if your friends and loved ones are spread out around the country or world. The most famed and successful international messaging client is no doubt the Blackberry Messenger by RIM, especially because it featured the popular group chat function. My friends and family aren’t particularly fond of the Android platform, so most of them are on either iPhones or Blackberries. That means unless we use some sort of cross platform IM client like AIM or Facebook messenger, we can’t communicate with each other in real time. Enter: GroupMe— one of the most important apps I use daily. This is not only the best group messaging client, it’s one of the best IM clients, period.
GroupMe works in a simple way. Once you install the app, it scans the contacts in your device in order to give you the ability to create “groups” or categories for certain people– no matter what the platform is. That means those of your contacts who are on an iOS device, Android, Blackberry or even a Windows Phone 7 can communicate with each other at the same time. Once that’s done, the group is given a unique identifier (a special phone number) and you as well as other members of that group will be able to communicate in a group chat in real time— no delays, no lag, all instant! In addition, the UI is seamless with features such as being able to share items like photos and your actual location on a map. It’s easy to transition from IM window to IM window and it’s fairly straightforward to edit and change your various groups. Oh and for those who are in the corporate world like I am— there’s a handy conference call feature that is available which allows any user to call the group’s phone number in order to open up an instant conference call among all the members of the group.
Sure there’s WhatsApp, KIK and other IM clients out there, but GroupMe trumps them all. It features a simple UI, allows for sharing of photos and user locations and features conference calls. It doesn’t get much better than this folks. It’s available for all Android 2.1+ devices now. So if you are one who is in constant communication with your friends and family, getting this app is a no brainer, so make sure you get it— now.