What is blocking the use of circles for your organization?

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Re: What is blocking the use of circles for your organization?

Postby russellhltn » Sun Aug 22, 2021 8:27 pm

chriswoodut wrote: Sat Aug 21, 2021 2:52 pm Gabb phones don't allow app installs. They can do SMS messaging but not group messaging, so they already are hampered by not being about to do group texts or groupme. Those youth are essentially in the same bucket as no-phone youth.
Wasn't Twitter originally built on SMS?
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Re: What is blocking the use of circles for your organization?

Postby sbradshaw » Mon Aug 23, 2021 10:15 am

Here are a couple more:
– It requires installing an app that people may not already have installed. (Potential solutions: Integrate circles chat with other Church apps that members already have, like Gospel Library and/or Member Tools, or make circles chat more appealing by giving it a slimmed-down stand-alone app that doesn't carry with it the bloat of other functionality that doesn't feel relevant to all members.)
– It doesn't have the ability to route notifications to other channels, like email or text, for users who either don't have the app installed, or who don't have push notifications turned on.

GroupMe doesn't have either of these problems because it has a web app and it can route notifications to email or text – meaning that there's no requirement to ever install an app. It does, however, require signing up for the service, which is an area where the Church could one-up them, because most members already have a Church Account, or are incentivized to get a Church Account for other reasons, like seeing the ward directory, doing family history, paying tithing, etc.
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Re: What is blocking the use of circles for your organization?

Postby willthrowforfood » Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:42 am

Another issue that we have is that even if all of our Deacons had phones and used the app, they are not very in control of their lives. I would say that more than 90% of the communications that we see in GroupMe are responses from Parents, even if the Deacons have a phone and GroupMe on it. This becomes difficult with Circles because while Parents have access to their kids' circles, they are not notified in any way that there is a new message... even if they go into the app and look at their own circles. There should at least be an option to choose which circles the parents receive notifications from.

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Re: What is blocking the use of circles for your organization?

Postby chriswoodut » Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:52 pm

We're going to try Circles with our teachers quorum. One benefit of the app is it supports the youth entering their goals into it. The youth haven't been too enthusiastic about jumping on board and surprisingly don't seem to understand the technical limitations of massive text groups.

One note, our ward member that works for the Church development department mentioned that non members can now be part of the group. I don't have admin rights to the group to try to confirm that statement. Maybe one of you can see it.

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Re: What is blocking the use of circles for your organization?

Postby BrianEdwards » Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:52 am

non members can now be part of the group
I've got Gospel Living 1.7, and as mentioned previously, I can still only see members and callings as options to add to Circles. And I wouldn't be able to say if "adding non-members" is a technical issue they're working their way thru and we'll eventually see it; or if there's any privacy or other issues to consider when bringing in non-members into an official Church application like this, and we might not see this ever. And since we likely won't ever see inside the decision-making bubble, as users we're all kinda just in that waiting mode.

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Re: What is blocking the use of circles for your organization?

Postby jpyne4 » Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:49 am

I really want to use it.

As EQP I need a circle for Service Committee and Activities Committee but don't see it.
I can't create a custom Circle
No Web (PC) support - phone keyboard is not ideal

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