To allow players to get to know each other better, even if they don't regularly play in the same games, I'm going to try a weekend WhatsApp group chat for anyone who is interested in chatting about the football on TV or other sporting action each weekend.
I will put up a thread on the "OPSAGE" board each Wednesday for players to sign up for that weekend.
I still haven't gotten round to promoting the Weekend WhatsApp Group chat, and it still hasn't gotten going. For now, I will remove the date from the thread on the OPSAGE board, and just add a weekly reminder on that thread.
This post serves as the reminder for next weekend.
..., I tried using Viber. I sent out the following message to those who showed up as having Viber installed:
I have been having problems with WhatsApp on the number I use for the football. Therefore, for now, I am only contactable on my personal mobile number, xxxx1752. Wherever possible, I am using Viber in place of broadcasts. I will continue to use WhatsApp for group chats. See - giffas.proboards.com/post/38315/thread
Even amongst those who had Viber installed, a large proportion hadn't updated it.
Viber doesn't have broadcasts the way WhatsApp does, but it's group chat appears more flexible. ....
.... I need a service that allows me to message player's mobile phones directly without a user name or the cost of SMSes. I only know of WhatsApp and Viber. ....
Viber may not be widespread enough for important things like asking around to fill places or for each game's post-poll group chat, but I may use it for more social group chats, like the one considered in this thread. And if by doing so, more players install Viber, at some stage, I may replace WhatsApp with Viber as my primary SMS alternative and mobile group chat platform.
In the meantime, I have changed the name of this thread from "Weekend WhatsApp Group Chat" to "Social Group Chat".