Visiting a place on your own is completely different to visiting the same place in the company others.
When you are alone, you are free to move around as you please and turn back on your steps. Or even interrupt the visit and go somewhere else. But when you are with other people, the logic of the group prevails.
Visiting a place together means making the most of somebody else's presence. New ideas, interesting comments and surprising details can emerge thanks to the people in your company. You may notice things that you might not have noticed otherwise, as you exchange thoughts while sitting or standing in front of the things that interest you. These advantages reveal the great potential of visiting in a group, especially when added to VERBA's stories and other users's comments.
Verba needs to know who the Group Leader is.
This person creates the group, assigns it a name and invites new members to join. The group leader is typically a teacher, parent or other similar figure, although of course it could just be a willing member of your party if you are visiting with friends. VERBA requires real contact between the group leader and the new member, also because both of them have to be in the same place — i.e. on the Appian Way — in order to subscribe to VERBA. We are developing new functions to make the group leader's job even more straightforward. Read below for more details on the role of the group leader.
Once the group has been created, the group leader can request the group's QR Code from VERBA.
This picture-barcode is sent from the VERBA cloud to the group leader's smartphone and displayed in full screen.
The new invited members — who must first be subscribed to VERBA as single users — must select the "Join a new group" function. Their smartphone camera will switch on and read the QR Code displayed on the screen of the group leader's phone. VERBA will then contact the cloud and assign the new member to the group. All done! From then on, the new member will be able to hear and leave messages, and also participate in the social web group.
Each message in Verba is defined by the target. Messages can be listed and heard by selecting the target range. To find all the messages belonging to your group, go to the social messages area and tap the group icon in the upper interface bar. This will select all your group's messages, displaying a certain number of them depending on the size of your phone's display. You can freely browse the messages ordered by date.
Due to the different logic and logistics of visiting in a group, we thought it would be useful to add a function similar to the compass for the Points of Interest. The group compass is a sort of radar that detects and shows you the position of the other people in your group. If a member of your group is left behind or somewhere else, you can immediately find out where they are and obtain an overview of everyone's position. This function can be especially helpful when it is time for the group to move on to another place.
If necessary, the group leader (and only the leader) can broadcast a sort of "instant message" to all the group members. This message will prevail over any other function or activity displayed on the members' smartphones in that moment. It is like an alert. in the form of a "pop up" message, and once closed it will be removed from the hosting device.
While each group member can leave the group as and when they please, only the group leader can ask VERBA to delete the group. Deleting a group does not remove the audio messages from the cloud. In fact, the "owner" of each message will still be able to retrieve their comments even if the group they belonged to has been deleted.