Virtual Book Clubs
Are you interested in forming a Virtual Book Club, especially during these social distancing times? Here are a few suggestions you could try:
Create a Facebook Group
1. Find "Add Group". From your "home page" on Facebook go to the Explore - Groups section on the left side menu and click on "Groups."
2. Click "Create Group." You'll be taken to a page that displays the option to create a group as well as showing you some:
- Pending Invites
- Your Groups
- Groups You Manage
To begin the process of creating a group, click "Create Group" in the upper right hand corner.
3. Name Your Group. This name can be whatever you want, and you can change it later.
4. Add Members. You're actually required to add at least 1 friend to the group before you can create it. If you don't you get an error message. Additional members can be added later.
5. Choose Privacy Setting. This is probably the most important choice you'll make while creating your group. You won't be able to change the privacy again after this. There are three privacy settings -- Open, Closed or Secret. Choose Secret if you want this group to include only your book club members.
6. Click Create.
7. Add Your Cover Image. Facebook will now give you the option to add your creative graphic for your header or cover image.
8. Complete "About" Section.
9. Notifications-As an admin you should probably turn the notifications on to receive all updates when anyone posts -- just in case someone spams the group & you want to respond quickly.
There are also many group chat opportunities. Here are several:
Zoom - Video conferencing and messaging across any device https://zoom.us/meetings
Google Hangouts is a choice which allows up to 10 people to do a group video chat. You have to have a Google account to use this. Here’s a link for help: https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/2944865?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
FreeConference - Join meetings by phone or by web, share your screen, and chat, all for free. https://www.freeconference.com
GroupMe lets you chat with everyone, via push or SMS, whether you’re talking to a group of friends, or texting with one person. Add anyone from your phone book, and they can immediately chat with the group. Easily mute groups for some quiet or until you have a meeting. Founded in 2010, inspired by a project from the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, GroupMe is part of Skype. Available for Android and iOS. Price: Free. https://groupme.com/en-US/
WhatsApp is a free messaging and voiceover IP platform owned by Facebook that has more than 1.5 billion monthly active users. It also offers WhatsApp Business to connect with customers with group chats, share messages, photos, and videos with up to 256 people at once. You can also name your group, mute or customize notifications, and more. Send PDFs, documents, spreadsheets, and slideshows. Available for Android and iOS. Price: Free. https://www.whatsapp.com