By Jamal Andress
It’s the latest, all-inclusive trend in texting. If you’re looking to text groups of people, the easiest way to do it is though GroupMe. It allows texters to include everyone in the conversation–no matter what type of phone they use.
The company says it’s, “the best way to chat with everyone you know. It’s absolutely free, whether you are talking to a group of friends, or texting with one person. Best of all, it works on nearly every phone.” – GroupMe
Obviously the company is biased but from a straw poll of my peers I don’t know too many people who would disagree. GroupMe allows you to text a whole group regardless of what phone they have, what plan they’re on, or what company they have. Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci started the company in the Summer of 2010, inspired by a project conceived at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon.
After just a year, GroupMe caught the interest of Skype. In August of 2011 Skype paid $80 million to acquire GroupMe and it seems to be paying off. During the time Skype paid for GroupMe, there were roughly 100 million messages being sent.
The president of Skype, Tony Bates said “This acquisition is another step towards our vision to provide a global multi-modal and multi-platform communications experience. It complements our existing leadership in voice and video communications by providing best in class mobile text-based communications and innovative features around group messaging.”
Here’s how it works: It’s a free app that works on iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows phones. You can set up phone groups and message or set up conference calls with the group. It uses SMS to send the messages across phone type and service carrier.
So, if you want to talk to all of your friends at once, dialing in to GroupMe may be the way to go to get connected.