goHappy is an app designed for small groups of close friends and family to share and communicate without the stress and chaos of group messaging. goHappy is an oasis for people weary of traditional social media’s toxic drama and unhealthy habits. When your groups are using goHappy, they’re also participating in a movement of people who believe in authentic, calm and private social media.
You’ll start on a stream called “Life” (of course, right?). In some ways, a goHappy stream should look kind of familiar if you’re used to Facebook and Instagram feeds. What’s different is that the most recent stuff is at the bottom (and shared only by people in your group), similar to the way text messaging works.
The toolbar at the bottom is where you’ll find ways to share messages, photos, and video. You can also search within the stream by keywords and catch up on all the posts across all streams in your group.
At the top right of the screen tap the gear to access stream settings, group details and edit your profile.
On the stream settings screen group members can change the topic name and description and customize the color or add a background photo. This way, each stream you create can have a different look.
Pro Tip: Try Unsplash to find fun, high-quality background photos online - they’re free.
Tap the "go" logo in the top left of your screen to reveal your list of streams. Click the Plus icon to add another stream. Scroll down to see a list of group members and get help from our friendly support team.
The bell icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen will take you to your catch ups. Here you’ll find a list of everything happening across all streams in your group. When you’re done catching up, you can clear the notifications. It’s like emptying your inbox. Ahhh.
Think about some topics that might be interesting and relevant for your group. For example: In one family group you might have streams for the cute pet and things like music and books. What streams will you make for your group? Create another stream or two.
Messages shared in goHappy are similar to texts. When you post to the stream, everyone in the group will see it right away. If group members are not online, then they’ll receive a notification based on their chosen settings.
Replies work a bit differently in goHappy because they’re bundled to create a cohesive thread. And when someone replies to an older thread it refreshes the whole conversation.
Anyone in the group can spark a conversation with a link, which goHappy will convert into a preview.
On the you can even share links, photos and video from your phone’s share menu. Just add the goHappy app to your list of sharing options.
Group members have four options for receiving notifications:
In-app - which you can opt-in or -out of on your phone
Text messages - we’ll send you texts when there’s significant group activity
Email - we’ll send you a summary of what’s going on with your group
Nothing - you can opt-out of all notifications and participate nudge-free
You can mix notification methods as you like. Access your preferences on your profile screen.
You can move anything in one stream to any other stream. Simply access the menu by tapping the three dots in the upper right corner. Then select the topic stream where you’d like the conversation moved.
Give your group something to talk about when they arrive. Share an inspirational quote, a link to a music video or article, or just say hello. And be the first to reply when someone in your group shares something.
Add photos or video from the camera on your phone or from your desktop. Share a single image to spark a conversation. Or share multiple images to create an album - just give it a title. Group members can also add photos and videos to any album.
Tap any image to view full screen. And you can swipe to see more of the album.
Skim through your camera roll. Anything there you think your group would like to see? Share it to any stream. Or if you find several good ones create a quick album.
Pro Tip: If you have photo prints in frames or in albums, you can take a picture of the picture and share it with your group. This is a fun way to showcase images the rest of the group maybe hasn’t seen in a while.
Group members can create new streams, share media and participate in conversations. They can even invite others into the group - but only the group’s founder can remove people.
When you’re ready for people to join the group, simply send each person a special link (blurred out in the image above). It works like a unique key. New group members get a short intro to the goHappy app before arriving into the stream. There are several ways to create link keys - and we’ll walk you through each method.
Access the group link key from the Group details screen. Simply copy the link and share anywhere you can paste the text. If members already have the app, they can join your group by pasting the link on the Join a group screen.
You can create personalized invitations with anything you share in a stream. Access the menu and tap “Send.”
Customize your message and send a tidy invitation by text. Anyone with your link can join the group.
You can create as many separate groups as you like. Maybe one for one side of the family, another for work friends, and another for a club. Navigate to your groups list and select “Add Group” at the bottom of the list. Follow just a few quick steps to configure your space, then invite new people to join.
Think about a group of close friends or family in your life who have some challenges with group texts, social media noise or email threads. Create a group space for them - then share a link to goHappy in the channel everyone can usually be found.