Tools: WhatsApp as a conferencing system

whatsapp on PC logo

A few hints to get going

I use WhatsApp for group projects only on my PC. Since it also has a conferencing function with at times substantial text and graphics, all of which steadily expanding in volume over time,  I cannot really use it comfortably on my portable phone.

Here is how you can get on line in a few minutes with your PC or Mac and put this tool to good use for your collaborative project.

  1. Be sure that you already have WhatsApp installed on your mobile. Keep it open.
  2. Then install it on your computer, – https://www.whatsapp.com/download/
  3. Click green link on right https://web.whatsapp.com/desktop/windows/release/x64/WhatsAppSetup.exe for PC, and https://web.whatsapp.com/desktop/mac/files/WhatsApp.zip for Mac
  4. You will now have
  5. On your phone: Click Top menu, far right, 3 dots
  6. Then Click WhatsApp Web on phone
  7. You will then be instructed to point your camera to the BARCODE image on your PC screen – and bingo, you are in.
  8. Finally once you are on line, you can use your portable to fine tune your “Notifications” so that you are not bothered by a signal or vibration each time a message is posted to the Moldova site.

That should do it, but if there is a problem let me know and I can try to clarify (unless you beat me to it first).

What this does not get into yet, is how we can put this semi-chaotic shared space put to work as a rich information resource, including for use as a very large database when we set it up for rapid scanning and referencing.  But that will come shortly.

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as a development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and international sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport - https://worldstreets.wordpress.com . | Britton online: https://goo.gl/9CJXTh

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