Ever get that text that says "Let's all meet for pizza"? And then you're left wondering who is "all"? Am I the only one who responded "yes"? Will there be four people at this event or ten? Enter GroupMe. Problem solved. GroupMe offers group texting and conference calling. You simply create a group of friends or coworkers and GroupMe assigns each group a phone number. Whenever anyone in the group texts the phone number, everyone gets the message and can see all messages sent by other group members. I tried it for the first time today and it worked like a charm and was really easy. You can create as many groups as you like so it's perfect for things like family, softball teams, book clubs or your happy hour crew. They also offer a photo sharing feature inside the app so you can take a photo or choose one from your library to send to your group.
When you use the conference calling feature, whenever anyone in the group calls the group number, everyone gets a call and anyone in the group can initiate it. Missed the call? No worries. GroupMe will send you a text saying the group is on a conference call and you can join in mid-conversation. You can have up to 25 people in a group.
GroupMe is available free for iPhone and Android and the service itself is free although you'll still pay the regular texting fee from your service provider.