Are Online Groups real Groups?
Except from Group DynamicsÂ byÂ Donelson Forsyth
“When people think of a group they tend to think gathering of individuals in some specific location. Â A family picnicking, a football team practicing, a team of workers assembling a machine, or a clique of friends gossiping about the weekendâ€™s event; these are groups. Some groups, however, do not fit peoplesâ€™s intuitive conception of the typical group. Â Consider for example, 10 people who never see each other face-to-face, but only communicate with one another using computers connected to the internet. Â Are these people members of a network or a group?â€ Â
This was published in 2006, but I believe most online users would agree Online groups are real groups, even if the actions or relationship within those groups areÂ a littleÂ different from the traditional definition of groups.
Donelson explains that a "groupâ€ exist to complete a goal. Â We create teams to win games or business, memberships to build networks, communities and so on to accomplish all sort of goals. Â Companies, Sports teams, neighborhood watch, networking referral groups for business. Â
If online groups are groups by the explanation above, then online groups are able to accomplish goals on a larger scale.
Since the boom of social, instant messaging and voip, enabling online communities to organize and group together has never been easier, but to communicate in a organized and productive way has always been difficult. Â It is hard to complete goals if the team or group is not focused.
For example, everyone has had a conversation on a instant messaging thread or email when all of the sudden the topic is changed by a group member and that â€œthreadâ€ of discussion is no longer one subject. Â It is now a thread with multiple subjects, which can get cluttered very quickly and throw the team off task and less likely to accomplished the goal.
WithÂ qiscusÂ we set out to build a group messaging platform that focuses on helping companies with remote teams or larger organizations that need a more robust and faster communication platform to enhanced their groups productivity and achieve more goals.
qiscus -Â group messaging tool for teams working remotely.
Distributed workforce have greater leverages in getting a larger talent pool while still keeping operation costs low. However, communication gets more inefficient the further a co-worker is from his colleagues.
qiscus solves this problem by creating a room-based discussion system to allow work discussion flow naturally. This allows your teams productivity to multiply yet remain least disruptive to your work processes. Â Â