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#1 Etta

Posted 08 November 2019 - 07:35 AM


I am looking for free group chat software. I am in a community group - there are a lot of conversations going on via email - and if there was something that we could use as on a PC and a mobile - something we could save files on too - it would be a lot easier to keep track of what is going on.

We use Microsoft Teams at work but I don't know if that is free and I don't know if it is great outside a work situation.

Any ideas?

#2 lozoodle

Posted 08 November 2019 - 08:06 AM

Facebook groups
Team stuff
Team app
Whats app

I use all of them for various sporting teams. Facebook groups are the easiest by far in terms of ticking the boxes with saving stuff. I know not everyone has an account but you can make a generic one just for the group. Too easy.

#3 Fourteenyears

Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:28 AM

For a community group I would just make a Facebook private group.

But if people are anti Facebook for some reason, Slack sounds like it would suit your needs.  It can be browser or app based and is fairly multifunctional in terms of group messaging under various headings, private messaging etc.

#4 seayork2002

Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:29 AM

There is a lady I used to work with that use 'Wechat' (not sure of the correct spelling but she spoke of it a lot) not sure of the details

#5 CallMeFeral

Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:31 AM

Whatsapp is increasingly the one used by groups I'm privy to. Facebook second.

#6 IamtheMumma

Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:36 AM

You can use Facebook's Messenger without having a FB profile/account.

#7 Sandra

Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:45 AM

wechat is being used a lot more than whatsapp as you can hide your phone number and be connected via scanning bar code or finding  ID.

Both have ability to make group chats and have admin appointed as well as being able to store files etc for easy finding

#8 StoneFoxArrow

Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:47 AM

I would say Whatsapp, you can use it on a computer too, but it might take a bit of figuring out. I think a Facebook group sounds like the best option for what you want, especially to be able to upload files.
Although, I wonder if "Google groups" might work too.

#9 SummerStar

Posted 08 November 2019 - 09:49 AM

We use skype for work. No video just the chat. Works on our phones and PCs.

#10 mandala

Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:22 AM

We've used slack - it's free up to 10,000 messages, and you can have channels, attachments, reminders, audio/video calls etc. It works on phone and web as well as having a desktop client.

#11 TheGreenSheep

Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:57 AM

Group chats we are involved in use both Whats app and Slack. Different ways of using the applications make them good for their purposes especially if people are shy of FB/messenger apps.

My personal opinion on WeChat that the pp mentioned is to research the app, owned by Tencent in China, and how the Chinese Govt read and store the messages sent on their services inside and outside their country.

#12 barrington

Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:04 AM

We use Slack at work for our small team, and WhatsApp for sporting teams the children are in, and also various group (eg DH's band)

#13 Etta

Posted 08 November 2019 - 03:56 PM

Thanks everyone. I will check out WhatsApp and Slack. I know that wechat is the Chinese version of FB so I want to avoid that. And while I am a FB user I would rather not require people to have to set up an account.

#14 Etta

Posted 08 November 2019 - 08:24 PM

I have just loaded up Slack. Even though I have used Whatsapp a bit before, Slack looked easiest and it really was simple to get on.

Thanks again - I knew EB would know. :yes:

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