In these difficult times, more and more people are turning to telecommunication to keep in touch with others and relay important information to those who they cannot physically be with. As a result, apps designed for communication such as Instagram, Facebook, Slack, Zoom, and Google Meets have experienced an upward trend in usage. The large group messaging features of some of these apps have allowed more effective communication but also created a new medium for people to navigate. This article focuses specifically on Facebook Messenger and the larger group chats which you might join within the app or website.
Facebook Messenger is a common method for people to communicate through large group chats. Associated with Facebook and phone numbers, the platform makes it extremely easy to add group chat participants by name, by number, and by Facebook account. The app is used to keep in contact with friends, coworkers, and classes. Chat sizes vary from merely 1 other person to as many as 150 people.
The first tip, and one of the most important, is to read the room. When in a large group chat, understand the context or situation. If the chat was created as an informative means for a boss to communicate, it might be inappropriate to send your best memes, no matter how funny they are. If the chat is for a large group of classmates or a particularly large friendship circle, know who you’re speaking to and don’t say something you wouldn’t want these people to know. The format and tone of your messages should match the mood of the discussions. This can be picked up easily by reading former messages and being informed of the involved group members.
While it can be exciting to discuss with so many people, these large group chats can also generate a lot of notifications, to the extent that they disrupt your phone or cause unnecessary lag. One way to resolve this is by muting notifications. By tapping the header of a chat and going into settings, the option to mute is located right below a bell-like icon. The option to mute for 15 minutes, an hour, 8 hours, for 24 hours, or until turned back on is up to you.
If you participate in these large group chats for work, it is surprisingly easy to relay a lot of important information, not merely through sending a text but also by sending links, images, and other forms of media. The camera, photo gallery, and traditional copy paste can work wonders in giving all your coworkers easy access to important information. When holding discussions with friends or supporting ideas with outside resources, these other methods can be easier on the eyes and become conversation starters.
Another tip is to be creative with messages. Sending emojis, stickers, and GIFS which accompany the Facebook messenger app can be extremely artistic ways of expressing yourself. You can ask a poll question, record a video/audio message, or share a funny meme. Sending entertaining content improves the quality of messenger conversations and can possibly remediate an awkward chat room.
Facebook Messenger and similar platforms for communication are great ways to keep in touch with those who you might ordinarily meet on a daily basis. The large group chats in particular facilitate larger discussions and more people up to date with more information. Taking these tips into account, one’s user experience with Facebook Messenger is greatly improved. Whether sharing discussions with friends, problem sets with classmates, proposals for companies, or another group meeting, Facebook Messenger encourages and facilitates better online communication. Take advantage of this outstanding resource.