We have a really great story to share today from Jake Brady, a student at business- and entrepreneurship-focused Babson College. He and a lot of his friends have been telling us about how they’ve used GroupMe in all sorts of contexts on campus, and today Jake took the time to send us this note.
My favorite thing to use GroupMe for is organizing my groups. I go to a business school and consequently do a lot of academic and club work in groups. I’m the kind of guy who hates scheduling 30 minute meetings via email and then showing up to find no one there (although, I think in college everyone is “that kind of guy”). Email is also a hassle. I have an iPhone but when I’m trying to have a conversation via email the experience just isn’t good enough. GroupMe makes this process much easier.
I’ll give you an example. I had a group project two weeks ago with six people. Now, finding a time to meet and divide up the work was hard enough with our 6 different schedules. On top of that, email never works because people either don’t check it or ignore it. Ever heard of the email monster? Neither have I, but apparently plenty of intelligent students and adults believe that he exists. How many times have you heard “I’m sorry I didn’t get your email.”? I’ve heard it about a million times and it’s very obvious the other person simply chose to ignore the message. However, we all act as though there’s some monster on the internet that is stealing emails.
I got my group members on GroupMe and the rest is history. We did all planning and updates via the service and the organization was a breeze. We never had to meet in person, and knowing what everyone was doing wasn’t a chore. All my updates were in a short format (people don’t want to text long messages unlike email), and no one missed an update. We all agreed after we got a great grade that our workload was made much more efficient via this service, and on top of that we had a lot of fun bantering over it.
So while there are many advantages to GroupMe, my favorite is that it has taken away one of my top ten pains at schools; trying to get groups to organize. It has created a lasting and immediate conversation in most of my groups that’s fun and better yet dead simple. And here’s the bonus round: my life has gotten a lot more spontaneous since using GroupMe because all it takes to start a party is one text and the next thing you know you’ve got 20 people in a room having a blast.
You can learn more about Babson College on their website.
Periodically, we share stories from users about how they use GroupMe in their everyday lives. If you’ve got something to say, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re really nice.
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