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Whatsapp groups

When you have children, work, family and a life you will most probably have more than one whatsapp group on your cellphone.

I have for my children, some of my clients and their employees, hockey parents, Kyla’s hockey group, swim group, homeschool group etc.

Now, I don’t mind groups and I totally understand the importance and convenience of such groups.  This is why I create groups for directors and employees of companies that I need to be in contact with.

However, it can be frustrating!

Firstly.  We are beyond the days of mxit where you were limited to the amount of characters that you are allowed to use.  This is whatsapp.  You can type a book if you want to. (Please don’t)  So there is NO reason at all to use abbreviations that don’t exist.  Is it really that much quicker and if so what on earth do you do with the 15 seconds you just saved?  Please be considerate and take into account that some people actually attended school and now it takes them time to figure out what on earth you meant.  It’s almost like being back in school, where you created your own language with your very best friend.  Except we are now adults, working and living in an adult world.  Even my children know that I will not read a message that is not in proper Afrikaans or English.

Then, people please.  If your are on a group with many a person, it’s not necessary for every single person to say thank you or noted when a message has been sent.  Especially if that message was sent to give information.  No need to thank anyone.  You got the message.  Move on.  “There was an accident on the N12″  “thank you”  “thank you”  “thank you”  “thank you”  “thank you”  “thank you”  “noted” “thank you”  “noted”  “noted”   NO!  Please, it was just information.  If one person has said thank you, clearly the message has been delivered.  No reply needed.

I’ll get off my soapbox again, thankful that I indeed have a life where people want me on a group.  Must be darn bad if you check your phone and you have NO messages!

4 responses

  1. Charlotte aka The Stiletto Mum

    Here is where I am lucky. I am the admin for most of our schools Facebook pages and Whatsapp groups for my childrens grades. I did the bitchy mom thing and responded to the first 10 millions thank you’s and said that parents there is no need to thumbs up or thank you after every message. No need to respond unless you have a question.

    I obviously did it in the nicest way possible, but it worked like a bomb. Do try it. Even if you are not the admin of the group but just a member.


    Ps: My whatsapp groups are as follows: Gr1: Voortrekkers, netbal, hokkie, all classes, padda klas, padda klas ouers; gr 5: voortrekkers, hokkie, class, all classes that does not even include the various event groups for each grade and all the friends and family groups.

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

    August 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    • I did once reply on a group before anyone else could “Namens AL die ouers, baie dankie” lol The people got the message!

      August 29, 2017 at 3:09 pm

  2. I love our SA Moms group. It’s real.

    August 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm

  3. LOL! I actually bailed on our neighbourhood group because the inane banter and the constant “thanks” drove me nuts! My hubby is still on the group and the “thank you” after a news post drives him round the twist!
    I have several groups too, but I created most of them myself. 😛

    August 29, 2017 at 8:22 pm

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