5am Music Club: Accelerate your communication with Facebook Messenger

Slightly achey high five 5am club! So over the last year ago we’ve switched from email and texting to Facebook Messenger for most of our communication. This morning I’m talking messaging and tomorrow will be video chat. Nearly everyone has a Facebook account these days which makes it great for getting projects going. Hold up Facebook haters, I hear your concerns; you can use Skype, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp and many others to achieve the same thing.

How do we use it? Facebook calls group chats ‘conversations’. Flights of Helios have one main conversation with all band members. Then we have other conversations for projects like making merchandise or video making which feature a few band members plus collaborators from outside.

So obviously you can use it to chat by text instantly on desktop and mobile for tiny data which is awesome for organising things. People don’t get tempted to spend hours honing an email to perfection which is a terrible time sink; it’s disposable communication. But that’s not all – you can also ping all sorts of other shit between you:

  • images! what do you think of this t-shirt design / photo for the website?
  • videos and voice memos! check me out playing this new riff in my jimjams
  • more uses for text! what do you think of these terrible new lyrics?
  • links to pretty much anything! YouTube, Soundcloud, Dropbox…
  • fun GIFs! Everyone needs a bit of silliness. We do a lot of psychedelic cats.

So how do I start a Facebook conversation?

  • You’ll all need to be friends. On Facebook, that is. IRL is harder sometimes.
  • Start a new Facebook message, add everyone to the recipients list, add a nice little one-liner and send it. Your group chat is on!
  • Click the cogwheel top-right and rename the conversation to something sensible if you’re planning to use a few different ones.

That’s it, see you tomorrow where we talk video chat! Chris FoH 

5am Music Club: Upgrade your band photos for more impact

Yo 5am team, all hail caffeine! I’m drinking Yerba Mate like the hipster I am. Let’s get moving.

I’m a big fan of smartphone apps for photo editing (and video too; that’s for another post…) There’s usually very little learning curve unlike Photoshop and you can use them anywhere you have a few spare minutes. Photos with text, stickers, filters, overlays etc stand out in your social media feeds and are more likely to get people to stop and interact. So here are three tips.

MOLDIV has a good spread of editing features without getting overwhelming. Starts free and has upgrade packs for a few quid for more filters, stickers etc. Get it on App Store and Google Play.

Prisma will turn your photos into art like cartoons and paintings. Totally free! On App Store and Google Play.

Photo Candy allows you to layer cool shapes over your images, as well as providing standard photo editing tools like filters, brightness, colour etc. Only on App Store.

Right that’s quite enough time looking at my silly face. The trick is not to get bogged down. This is still relatively disposable communication; go with your gut, get it out, move on. Chris FoH over and out xox

PS. If you’re interested in learning more about Yerba Mate (it’s really great stuff) check out https://www.healthambition.com/yerba-mate-health-benefits/