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Have a question that needs answering right now? Maybe it’s a computer conundrum that even Google can’t help with, or perhaps you’re just wondering what to wear to your next job interview.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could directly target a group of people who are already interested in what you have to say? That’s exactly the intention behind Grouvi, the latest mobile venture for iOS and Android by Aibek Esengulov (MakeUseOf founder).

Grouvi brings people with common interests together using a simple mobile app, and we think the potential is massive.

Connecting People

Grouvi is a mobile app, and that mobile accessibility is key to its effectiveness as a platform for discussion, discovery and support. The app brings users together under groups — except unlike Yahoo or Facebook groups How You Can Make Your Facebook Group Popular [Weekly Facebook Tips] How You Can Make Your Facebook Group Popular [Weekly Facebook Tips] So, you made a Facebook group but there's hardly anyone in it? Or maybe you made a group for a specific bunch of people, but can't seem to get anyone to be active within the... Read More , these channels have massive instant reach thanks to the immediacy of a mobile platform and push notifications.

That makes Grouvi a bit of a jack of all trades. If you’re simply looking for somewhere to hang out and chat about the latest iPhone games, you’re in luck. Then again if you have a more specific question you want to ask, you can simply find the relevant group and ask away.

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There’s no hard limit on discussions with Grouvi. If the group doesn’t exist, you can choose to create it. If you only have a passing interest in certain groups, you can mute notifications and check in on your own terms. The platform’s primary aim is to assemble a collective of individuals who, just like you, value the instant reach of a topic-based discussion platform.

The closest thing I can compare Grouvi with is WhatsApp Messenger, except unlike WhatsApp messenger WhatsApp Web: Everything You Need To Know WhatsApp Web: Everything You Need To Know Along with supporting all mobile platforms, WhatsApp has now launched a web-based client, so you can finally use WhatsApp on your PC and sync with your phone. Read More , Grouvi isn’t designed to put you in touch with people you already know, but those who share your passions and interests.

Find & Create Groups

Grouvi keeps things simple — if you’ve ever used a messenger app before 4 Slick WhatsApp Alternatives that Guard Your Privacy 4 Slick WhatsApp Alternatives that Guard Your Privacy Facebook bought WhatsApp. Now that we're over the shock of that news, are you worried about your data privacy? Read More , everything will seem familiar.

The Groups tab is where you will find the channels you currently belong to, with a toggle for keeping track of those you have created yourself. Create a new group using the plus “+” icon in the top-left corner. Groups can be private but not hidden, with private groups requiring admin approval of requests to join.

Hit the search icon in the top-right corner to be taken to the Featured Groups page. Here you can peruse the currently-trending groups, or use the search field to narrow down your selection. Tap a group to see a preview of it, or hit Join Group at the bottom of the screen to add it to your list. By default, any new groups you join will send you notifications — but you can change this from the groups list.

In order to mute a group, find the group you would like to mute within your list and swipe right-to-left. Three options appear: Mute, Media and Information. The first mutes notifications, the second displays all media shared within the group (much like iOS Messages own “Details” screen) and the final icon provides a group overview.

Saves & Favourites

Groups allow you to send and receive text, photo or video messages. It’s possible to save any of these for later by simply long-pressing the message and selecting Save (which looks like a bookmark icon). You can also “like” messages by long-pressing and tapping the heart icon, which is used to highlight interesting portions of the conversation.

The ability to save messages allows you to continue chatting in a group without having to open another app What's New In iOS 8? What's New In iOS 8? After last year's big iOS 7 redesign, you'd expect a muted iOS 8 announcement at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference – but you'd be wrong. Read More or browser in order to save a link, image or message. These items all appear on the Saves tab, which sorts all of your saves by channel for easy categorisation.

Finally, the Profile tab is all about you. You can change your display picture, view your message count, reputation (determined by the number of items you have posted which people have liked and saved) and any groups you belong to. This is your public profile, accessible by anyone who taps your avatar or name in a channel.

You can change other settings like incoming notification sounds and vibration alerts under the settings panel in the top-right corner, if you really want to.

Win An iPhone 6

Grouvi‘s take on topical group messaging is exciting, and so is the giveaway we’re currently running as part of the launch. By submitting your mobile number, MakeUseOf will text you when Grouvi is available and enter you into the draw to win a silver iPhone 6 (16GB) so you can join in on the discussions.

iPhone 6 Giveaway

  1. anonymous
    April 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Bullshit
    this app is full of bugs

  2. Carlo C
    April 15, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Did they announce the winner already? 0.0

  3. freddie
    April 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    hey when they are goning to announce the winner .....I don't know .........why they are delaying

  4. Hamna Malik
    April 7, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I guess I didn't win, I didn't get a text :(

  5. Claude Lache
    April 7, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Hi there, can we get an update of the winner . Thanks

  6. Purushottam Kadam
    April 5, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Awesome Giveaway I am entered in and I hope to win this iPhone 6
    really I need this great smartphone

  7. Donnie Ball
    April 5, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Pepsi no Coke. Hamburger hamburger hamburger.

  8. Ali
    April 4, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Curiosly wishing to win this. I need this badly.
    May almighty help me :)

  9. Gilla01
    April 3, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Like the phone, but not prepared to give a company carte blanche to tweet for me.

  10. Michelle Ptak
    April 3, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    This is awesome, would love it for my son x

  11. Al Jenkins
    April 3, 2015 at 12:16 am

    I would love to have one

  12. Maki
    April 2, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Pick me please :!!!!!

  13. francesco rizzuto
    April 2, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Yes please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Markus Buergi
    April 1, 2015 at 5:17 am

    It is sad to see such a nice site go kablunka. Or whatever. The next step might be as well to sell your soul for another entry. Give me a break, MUO, where do you think you gotta stop fooling around with your people?

  15. Wanda Tracey
    April 1, 2015 at 2:40 am

    I want to win an I-phone. They are awesome!Thanks so much for the chance.

  16. Alan Smith
    March 31, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    pick me

  17. mateja djenic
    March 31, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I broke my leg and I found this. Hope i get it..

  18. Rachelle Mendoza
    March 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    This is awesome!

  19. Claude Lache
    March 30, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Good day Team,
    I'm writing to complain about the broken link provided to me as a referral for friendly entries in to the giveaway contest. My link goes thus ...https://gleam.io/D378p-Bh5xQ2?l=http%3A%2F% and has been declared not working by those whom I referred. Please kindly proceed to resolve this issue.
    Thanks

  20. Edward J Dailey
    March 29, 2015 at 2:16 am

    hope I'm lucky

  21. Claude Lache
    March 28, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Hi there, I wish to still propose that you include "whatsapp " as a reference application for the I phone 6 enter competition because some of the contestants including me already are already affiliated to large social groups via this media which could help us refer at a larger scale.
    Thanks for considering my request

  22. phil
    March 27, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Grouvi. Now we have 999 different ways to pick the phone up and talk to people.

    wheel, reinvented.

  23. CAROLINE PRITCHARD
    March 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Yes please

  24. chris goshorn
    March 26, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I need a phone god thank you jesus

  25. Susan Matheny
    March 26, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I hope I win!!

  26. MatKacau
    March 26, 2015 at 12:54 am

    bye bye whatsapp

  27. Darah Faye Valledor
    March 26, 2015 at 12:19 am

    iPhone! <3 <3 <3 Hope to win this time! <3 <3 <3

  28. magykmaster
    March 25, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Ater months of spamming our social media you're finally revealing some information?
    I'm not sure if it was supposed to be a viral campaign or what, but constantly being asked to give up our cell phone numbers with no real reason given except "REINVENTION OF MESSAGING" was pretty suspicious and I was beginning to wonder if you guys had been hacked or something.

    In any case, glad you're finally revealing some information, and best of luck with your new app!

  29. Polly Smith
    March 25, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Love your webpage - always learning something new!

  30. Wayne
    March 25, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I Don't give out my cell phone # so can not enter contest very poor contest makeuseof

  31. baldo
    March 25, 2015 at 10:41 am

    liked and shared

  32. Osewa
    March 25, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Nice development,

    Hope I could win.

    Please, can one reblog this?.

  33. Prabhath Kaushalya
    March 25, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Thanks a lot.Entered and hope to win this time.....

  34. Claude Lache
    March 25, 2015 at 2:57 am

    I wish to propose for an additional whatapp tab for the entry competition such that we could reach out to a larger group of people. Thanks

    • Aibek
      March 25, 2015 at 8:23 am

      like the idea. I don't think we can integrate this into the current giveaway widget but we are going to add this feature in the new theme that we are planning to release in a few weeks from now

  35. Claude Lache
    March 25, 2015 at 2:42 am

    This is innovative and will help us increase our sphere of connectivity with the right individuals. Thanks

  36. Diana
    March 25, 2015 at 12:36 am

    You cannot enter to win without entering your mobile phone number Susan.

  37. mark
    March 25, 2015 at 12:11 am

    I would love to win the phone

  38. Lynn Rosebur
    March 24, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    I'm game.

  39. Diana
    March 24, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    no cell, only home.. drats wanted to enter. Could use the app from my tablet too. Can't even enter without a cell.

    • Susan
      March 25, 2015 at 12:14 am

      They do have an e-mail option

    • random observer
      March 25, 2015 at 10:44 am

      No email entry? Certainly not signing in through Facebook or Twitter and I'll be damned if I start publishing my personal phone number on the Internet anytime someone asks for it. Bullshit entry options MakeUseOf.

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