Surviving Group Chats

Surviving Group Chats
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In a time that you don't trust the tech giants to host your group chats people are moving to platforms like WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal.

It starts with a few and before you know it you are part of quite a few groups. There are now hundreds of people chatting and sharing messages at all times of the day.

Here are a few tips that might help you minimise the noise.

  • Make purpose based groups. This maybe for a donation drive or event. Once the purpose is complete, thank everyone and close the group.
  • If you are working on a long term project consider making short term groups or channels for each task, feature or bug with only the people you need.
  • Keep it civilised and friendly. It's very easy to offend someone with words than in person because you can read body language or tones.
  • Mute, block and minimise notifications and check groups in your own time.

Your attention is a valuable resource. Everyone wants bits of it. Protecting your attention and focusing it on what matters is up to you.