What's WhatsApp and how can it benefit me?

Staying in touch with your community can be a very tricky business with traditional methods like phone calls and texts being quite time-consuming and costly. 

Thankfully, two guys that used to work for Yahoo!, Brian Acton and Jan Koum, created an app that makes it much easier for people to stay in touch; that app is called WhatsApp.

What’s WhatsApp?

WhatsApp is a mobile messaging app that allows you to exchange messages through the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing so it's completely free!

You can use it on any kind of device, such as iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia. You don’t have to send messages to a device that’s the same as yours either; it’s multi-platform!

It has over 600 million users worldwide and is a powerful tool for keeping in touch with your community.

Using WhatsApp to keep your community informed

If you have some pressing information for your community, or you’re organising a community event, then you’ll find WhatsApp very useful!

You can use the group discussion feature to debate important issues within your community group so everyone can be involved and have a say, and because you can use the app on the move you can chat with anyone from any location.

Likewise, when you're organising an event it can be difficult to find a time when everyone is available, but in a group conversation everyone is involved and can see what’s going on so it’s much easier to find a time that’s convenient.

This leads us to…

Managing Volunteers

If you have a lot of volunteers in your community it can be hard to keep them all in the loop. WhatsApp is perfect for managing volunteers as it allows you to conveniently stay in touch with large numbers of people.

You can use it to:

  • Keep everyone informed about events
  • Brainstorm ideas 
  • Create enthusiasm amongst your volunteers
  • Share photographs and videos of events

Speaking of photographs and videos...

Sharing cool stuff with your community

If you’ve used WhatsApp to arrange a community event you may have taken some pictures and videos. Unfortunately some people don’t have Facebook or Twitter so it can be difficult to share this information with them.

Luckily, WhatsApp is available for you to send pictures and videos for free! You can send as many as you like to as many people as you like, and what’s more, other people can share their videos and photographs with you as well so no one is left out!

Putting a voice to a face

If you've been messaging your community on WhatsApp it might be nice to send voice messages for a more personal touch.

Also, if you have any visually-impaired people in your community this is a valuable tool for communicating with them.

Again, it’s free to send voice messages so you don’t have to worry about any costly bills.

Think WhatsApp could benefit you?

You can download it from a number of sources including the WhatsApp website and the iTunes store. So what are you waiting for?

Got any great examples where you have used WhatsApp within your community? Let us know in the comments box below.

Comments

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Friday, July 1, 2016 - 12:17
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Friday, April 8, 2016 - 10:32
michaeljohn WhatsApp is one of the best app if we use it the right way. I preferably use it to interact with my clients who stay in different country thus saving a lot of money n time as I can interact with them anytime. It also brings a group of like minded people together. I have a group of bloggers which is fun n I bet everyone should try to create a group n invite like minded people on it. Now one can easily use Two WhatsApp Account on a single device which is handy; you can check this article up to know more - http://justclickin.com/use-2-whatsapp-accounts/. Apart from this WhatsApp has saved a lot of money for sure else we would have been spent some huge money on SMS for sure.
Thanks for this wonderful post on a wonderful application

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 17:26
samanthataylor Thanks for that Chris. Some of those status updates for Whatsapp are funny :)
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 09:15
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 07:53