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Free, Private, Group Texting

It’s funny how in just a matter of a few years I’ve gone from hating it when folks send me text messages, instead of calling, to making it my primary mode of communication.

My guess is most of you share that same experience.

With the Creative Missions trip coming up next month, I’ve been looking into different services to assist with group communication before and during the trip.

Beluga: Group Texting

Group texting enhances standard texting by allowing you to not only send texts to, well, a group of folks, but anyone in that group can see texts anytime someone responds.

My friend, Creative Missions participant, and occasional MediaBLEEP contributor, Dre Barnes, suggested three group texting services that were heavily used at this year’s SXSW — Kik, GroupMe, and Beluga.

Eric Murrell and I spent the early part of an afternoon testing all three — all are great. We finally landed on Beluga for Creative Missions.

“With Beluga, you can quickly create private groups (pods) to stay in touch with your friends, coordinate plans, and share your life. Beluga lets you send and receive instant updates, location info and photos, all via push notification, with NO TXT messaging fees. When everyone is on the run, use Beluga to stay in sync!”

Here’s a few reasons why I like it:

  • It’s free!
  • Ability to share your location – HUGE for us. It will be great to plot everyone on a map since teams will be disbursed throughout upstate NY during the day.
  • Works with ANY phone. Not only works with Android and iPhone (via app), but anyone who has texting ability on their phones can receive and send to the group.
  • Access messages from phone or web
  • Share photos
  • No text message fees
  • Mute options for alerts — choose which groups (or pods) you want to receive notices from at any time
  • Facebook single sign-on

What about you?

Lots of churches are using group texting to communicate with volunteer teams, staff, and for multiple youth ministry purposes, etc.

What are you using? If you’re not group texting, would something like this tool be a good fit?

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  1. Jon Rogers (Reply) on June 15th, 2011

    We’ve been using Fast Society with our staff and love it.

  2. Cleve Persinger (Reply) on June 15th, 2011

    Cool! I’m going to check it out. Thanks for the heads-up, Jon.

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