Some time has past. I’ve been using Voxer now for about three months. Several people have commented on my previous post (Voxer — My own Best Practices). There have been a number of discussions about what those best practices really are. So I thought it might be time to re-address some of the ideas I’ve seen floating around.
Here is my original list:
- Be aware of the purpose of the Voxer conversation. If you didn’t start the conversation, don’t hijack the topic.
- If someone in your conversation starts texting, realize they may be in an environment that doesn’t encourage/support talking and listening right then. Start texting back for a while.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t speak in a Voxer conversation if the background noise is too loud. It distracts from your message.
- Be aware of your device. We value YOUR privacy. If you have tap to touch turned on, you may “finger” chat. You may not want us to hear your conversation with your family.
- Keep your “vox” to under 2 minutes unless your Voxer group agrees to a longer time limit.
- Don’t add people to the vox unless you check with the person that created the vox. It may need to be kept small for a reason.
Here are some additions:
- If you feel the need to leave a chat, please do so. But just like a performance, please wait until someone isn’t talking. Leaving while someone is talking is rude and sends a message you may not have meant to send.
- Ask before you add someone to a group chat. He or she may not have time for another chat.
- By all means, if you get behind, it is perfectly acceptable to mark all as read. Voxer chats are very fluid. People that have specific information for you will privately vox you or reach out through another means.
- Create a “side chat” if you find yourself in a 1 to 1 conversation that isn’t relevant to the chat topic.
Voxer Tips and Tricks:
Here are some of the things I’ve learned.
- There are two icons inside the app to know.
- The “pancake stack” allows you to get to the “behind the scenes” settings.
- The “gear” inside a chat allows you to get to the chat options.
- Free accounts now can only create groups of 5 or less.
- You must have someone in your contacts list to add them to a group chat.
- You can change your settings to touch to talk. This is helpful if you are using a Bluetooth device for hands free activities.
- iPhone users: you can change your Auto-lock settings to Never if you want your phone to continue to progress through the chat without stopping.
- Don’t feel you have to listen at regular speed. You will be surprised how quickly you adjust to 2x or even 3x speed.
- Speed can be adjusted only on voxes that aren’t green. (A green vox is happening in REAL time.)
Here is the link to Jerry’s (@cybraryman1) Voxer page.
Feel free to drop additional tips, tricks, and best practices below in the comments.
Special Shout out to all my Voxer pals. I’m listening to your comments.