There have been a number of enquiries about how members can keep in touch with each other during this lengthy period of social distancing.
The most popular social media platforms suitable for Crouch End and District U3A members are probably Facebook and WhatsApp.
Why not join the Crouch End and District U3A Facebook Group?. This very active Group currently has over 200 members and provides a discussion forum on all matters to do with CEDU3A. A great way to keep in touch.
Groups may like to think about setting up an invitation only Facebook Group. There are a number of YouTube videos to explain how to set one up. All participants must have Facebook accounts.
WhatsApp is a free messaging app that allows you to send messages, videos and images or make calls to other WhatsApp users. It allows the setting up of groups, and some of our interest groups already use WhatsApp for their internal communications.
We are confident that members who use WhatsApp regularly would be happy to help others in the true spirit of the Crouch End and District U3A.
The Crouch End and District U3A does have a Twitter account: good for short messages, and allows uploading of images and video. It is possible to set up Group Twitter accounts.
For Google Chrome users Google Hangouts allows group video calls for free for up to 150 participants.
According to Microsoft Skype to Skype calling lets you make free calls online for up to 50 people (49 plus you!) for audio or video conferencing on any device.
For users with iPhones, iPads or Macs, Facetime allows you to add 30 people to a group FaceTime call.
Zoom is a well-reviewed web conferencing service which has a free licence. Under this licence a meeting will time out after 40 minutes. One of our members comments on the Crouch End and District U3A Facebook page: “This is a really good starting point. The charity I work with as a trustee is currently using Zoom very effectively for all our contingency and planning meetings …”
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Zoom quick start guide ▷
FreeConference.com is a free video conferencing option which does not appear to have any time-outs.
Please note that these services are listed for information only, and are not in anyway recommended by the Crouch End and District U3A. Please note also that Crouch End and District U3A is not in a position to offer technical advice on these services.
However, if any member has experience of video conferencing platforms it would be good if he or she could either post to the Crouch End & District U3A Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Any useful tips and experiences can then be added to a dedicated page on the Crouch End and District U3A website.