1. How does GirlCrew work?
At the moment, GirlCrew operates through our free app for some cities and and closed Facebook groups for others. This depends on which city you’re based in. Our app is ‘in beta’ and we’re moving cities onto the app one at a time. Exciting time to be part of GirlCrew – you basically got here just in time to back boxes and pile into the moving truck with us 😉
Within the various groups, it’s sort of organised chaos. If you would like to do something – for example head along to a gig, go to the cinema or find a running buddy, simply post, or post an event. If other girls see it and are interested, they’ll respond or click ‘attending/going’ and you can take it from there.
There are chats within the group too that aren’t always related to activities. This can range from life advice to a good hairdresser in a certain area. We welcome this because honestly, y’all are smarter and more up to date than Google most of the time.
2. Say Hi
When you join, be brave and say hi with a little introduction. If you joined for something specific – like to find girls who also work nights, or who go jogging in your area or are are mums, or gig fanatics etc, saying hello, where you’re based and what you want to do can be really helpful in getting others interacting. It also might help someone else who felt too shy about posting but happy to comment or come along to your event.
3. Check Upcoming Events
Feel free to jump in on any post or event and say you’d like to go. It may *look* like everyone knows each other – that is far from the truth. Everyone just tends to be super friendly and easy going. If it’s suggested in GirlCrew, every member is welcome – and that means YOU girlfriend.
On the app you’ll also find events from your Home Crew and other groups you follow under the ‘Events’. It’s split into Other Events (Events you haven’t clicked ‘going’ on) and Attending – to keep track of your social commitments.
4. Group Guidelines
There are lots of girls, from all sorts of backgrounds, ages, from local areas and from much further afield. There are girls with complete opposite opinions to you on some things and exactly the same feelings on other things. Girls who’ve been through the same difficulties/amazing things you’ve been through/experienced, and girls who haven’t. Our most important guideline is that no matter how different we are to each other, we treat each other with respect, kindness and patience. There is room for everyone. And remember, the focus is on going out and doing the things you really want to do, with other people who really want to do it too. And I’m still amazed at how easy and fun this has been and how well that works. Also please keep in mind that GirlCrew groups are private – but other members could be potential future employers/employees/relatives of partners/friends of exes etc, so exercise caution if that would affect what you post.
5. Meeting Up! The awkward “How do we find each other?!” bit…
Usually when an event is being organised girls will comment to say where they are once they arrive and/or what they’re wearing etc. Once you get there, it’s very rarely weird or nerve wracking or awkward. You can bond in the fact that you’re on your first GirlCrew event because everyone remembers that feeling – or they may be new too. If you still feel nervous, we suggest giving it 20mins to half an hour to see if it gets easier. Most of the time (and we’ve been to a LOT of events ourselves), members tend to end up looking like they’ve known each other all their lives within 5-15 mins.
6. What Kind of Events Are There?
Oh my gosh, it’s more like what kind of events aren’t there! Coffees, brunches, walks, hikes, surf trips, holidays and mini breaks abroad, gigs, nights out dancing, bubble soccer, boat parties, adventure days, AXE THROWING -yes, that happened.
If you have something you really want to do, just post it. Numbers of people at events vary from two to thirty but if you’re more comfortable with a small group, say that in your event info. Say you’d be happy with 5 or 10 or whatever seems small to you. Keep in mind that people can cancel last minute though so there’s always cushion room for a couple extra.
7. Too Many Notifications or Too Much GC in Your Feed?
When you first join the group, you’ll be notified of all new posts in it. If you’re in a small group, this is nice. If you’re in a big group like the Dublin one, this can feel pretty bombarding. To turn off or adjust notifications for the group, click on the ‘notifications’ button on the cover photo when you’re on a computer and you can see the various options.
8. Who Can See What You Post in Groups?
Only people in the group can see your posts/events in groups on Facebook. On the GirlCrew app, only members can see posts and events.
9. I Want To Add a Friend to the Group
Cool. The more the merrier. If you are friends with them on facebook it’s really easy. You should see an option to ‘Add Members’ at the top of the Facebook groups. If they want to join the app, tell them to just pop on over to GirlCrew.com and click Join Free, or simply download GirlCrew free from the App Store or Play Store.
10. Is There a Boy Crew?
No. In Dublin we have a guys and girls group that people of any gender are welcome to join. However, while guys aren’t allowed to join the Facebook groups, you are totally free to organise events that you invite men along too. As long as that’s cool with the person organising/hosting the event, it’s cool with us. Some girls may be looking for girls only events so that’s fine too, but you can always organise another similar event and make it open to male friends/partners etc.
11. I Want to Promote Something
If you want to post about something related to your business or a business you work for, email firstname.lastname@example.org for our advertising rates, or if you’re a member, put yourself forward for a feature on the blog by emailing email@example.com.
12. If You Need/Want to Get in Touch With Me
You might want to get in touch about anything. The best way is to email firstname.lastname@example.org use our feedback form. Or if you’re on the app, click the three little dots to report a post, person, event or comment.
Any other questions just holler in the group or by email 🙂 See your gorgeous head in there. elva x
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