S/O WhatsApp groups:. How many are you in?

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Post  Tue, Nov 12 2019, 11:57 am
What sort of groups?

And is there a better way to organise the information in them so that they don't just read like a piece of Gemara jumping here there and everywhere?

Personally my chats fit into these categories
Personal friends
Shiurim I listen to (usually one way)
Discussions about Shiurim (2 way)
Stuff that's going on in my OOT community (this is the worst, 10s of 'good shabbas' messages and 3 min 'inspirational' clips that I don't even watch now UNLESS they are sent to me personally by a friend, mixed up with important info like something's been cancelled
Refuah shleima/tehilim groups (which are good at sticking to topic or I leave)
Sports teams my kids are in

What about you?

And is there a way to pull out and save IMPORTANT messages so as to find them more easily?
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Post  Tue, Nov 12 2019, 12:22 pm
My friends know me as the whatsapp queen.
Use the star feature!
You can star messages so they are easily accessible.
Also pinning chats as well as muting chats
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Post  Tue, Nov 12 2019, 12:40 pm
Both families have 2 whatsapp groups (with parents and without)
Then I have a friends group,. Extended family from both sides.
Close cousins chat.
I have a couple school ones for my kids and a couple work related ones (subject wise).

Probably about 12 or so all together.

My husband has about 25+ mostly work related and I don’t know how he manages. All my groups are mute but he has to have his on for work so his phone is forever pinging.
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Post  Tue, Nov 12 2019, 12:51 pm
zero-- I don't have a smartphone. so that's probably not much help to you! [politely removing myself from conversation]
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Post  Tue, Nov 12 2019, 12:54 pm
I have one for my sons class that everyone communicates
One for a different sons class where only the morah can send messages
A swap group for giving away free stuff
A group for exchanging any good deals or other info
Im in a bunch of learning groups where only the admin can message people
An ADHD group thats not so active

I keep my groups on mute and check occasionally if I have some down time.
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Post  Tue, Nov 12 2019, 1:04 pm
No WhatsApp but group me chats. Basically 3 for support groups I’m in. 2 immediate & 1 extended family groups that are extremely quiet. And a class group that’s literally dead.
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Post  Tue, Nov 12 2019, 1:15 pm
-class group for each of my 4 school aged kids
-for my little one's playgroup
-bus group
-for all the local families that send to the same school theday my kids attend (live in 1 community and school is on a different community so fewer than 30 families)
-for my husband's family
-for a small group of friends
-block group
-shul group
-recipe group
-deal group
-kashrus questions
-daily tehillim
-local mothers who kept kids home in the summer and did camp mommy

So total of 16. Wow! Until I wrote it all out I didn't realize how many groups I was on. A bunch are pretty quite so my phone isn't constantly buzzing.
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Post  Tue, Nov 12 2019, 1:16 pm
WhatsApp needs to come out with a like feature. My pet peeve is when someone posts a simcha on a big group and then you have 256 messages that say mazel tov. Argh so annoying!

I keep most of my groups muted.

I know how to star messages but how do you pull up only the starred ones?
The search feature is also great when I'm looking for a specific message.
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Post  Tue, Nov 12 2019, 1:30 pm
Counted 44 that I've been active in the past month.
Most of them are with the same people. Family members, neighbors, female neighbors, friends, various work groups.
School for most kids, after school activities. Etc etc
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Post  Wed, Nov 13 2019, 2:08 am
Oh gosh I have so many

My immediate family
2 for my extended family (each side)
separate food chat for one side of my family because ppl got annoyed at all the food chatter on the main family group
DH family - adults only
DH family which includes immediate family
DH extended family
Block chat
immediate neighborhood chat (2 streets)
Larger neighborhood chat (5 streets)
Women only neighborhood chat
Buy Sell Swap neighborhood chat
Buy sell swap for the whole city
My HS class chat
City news - admin only
Neighborhood chesed group
diff groups of friends - a few
DD gan
DS class - but only the teacher posts
DD afternoon chug

These are the ones I can think of off the top of my head but I for sure have more
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Post  Wed, Nov 13 2019, 7:04 am
asmileaday wrote:

I know how to star messages but how do you pull up only the starred ones?
The search feature is also great when I'm looking for a specific message.

I don’t know what phone you have but for my phone if you go to settings, there is a spot that pulls up starred messages
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Post  Wed, Nov 13 2019, 7:06 am
Zero. I was in one but withdrew because of all the off-topic chatter.
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Post  Wed, Dec 18 2019, 1:08 pm
In “order” to be a better wife/mother I am not on any chat group. So I can focus on “MY” family.
It’s wonderful! Give it a try, you will see the difference.
I hope to continue like that.
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Post  Wed, Dec 18 2019, 1:20 pm
Five, but none involve prolonged chit chat or significant conversation.

A community-wide chat for women only. It's mostly simcha announcements and mundane local logistical questions and PSA's.

A chat for my kids' day school. Used for event information, calendar reminders, and school pictures.

A shul one that only posts event information. Members can't post, only shul admins.

A women's one for the shul, with women's event information.

A chat for moms and babysitters to connect. Moms post when they need a sitter, sitters reply to moms if they want the job.

I'm not sheltered from or opposed to social media, I'm just not really motivated to be active on it.
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Post  Wed, Dec 18 2019, 1:35 pm
I'm in three family groups,two of which are not used very often,and Rabbi Sacks 'Celebrate Life' group.
That's enough for me!
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