How Viber made us better friends

They talk about it: chat is better than e-mail. But nevertheless, if you experience why it is so, it’s better. The instant communication has its perks.

I have some friends who are not-so-close friends. They actually are business partners. We go playing golf, we meet sometimes to discuss business issues. But we do not make calls just to hear each other or to have a beer without a purpose.

We recently agreed on an idea to go skiing together. Not a big deal and organization of such event may easily be done through an e-mail or phone. But this time, one of them created a group chat on Viber named “The skiers” to discuss details. Suddenly we started to joke, chatting relaxed about more than just plain organizational things, such as what time we should depart.

The next day the conversation continued. John, the guy who started the group chat ultimately did not go with us due some unfinished work.

John: “How did you do?”
Victor: “Without you, great again.”
John: “:) so next time I’ll leave you alone again…”
John: “I hope you all 3 are well and you Victor won’t need a walking stick”
Victor: “You won’t offend me”
John: “I would never dare :)”
Victor: “We had a magnificent time”
Me: Thumbs up!
Me: “John, choose your punishment for not going”
Victor: “We had not seen Rufus for 5 hrs…he got lost not having phone…but OK”
Me: “He made it up by talking a lot on the way back”
John: “A punishment? You take me with you, next time!”

And this continued before and after the second time we went skiing together.

Simple, nothing groundbreaking. But I bet if we use some chatting platform at work instead of e-mail, we would do better collaboration. With greater ease, with less hesitation. It seems pondering less means solving more.

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