LunchBunch Dictionary

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When you’re learning something new, sometimes it’s nice to have a cheat sheet to reference, so we’ve compiled a list of some LunchBunch terms to help you keep track. Some of these terms are self-explanatory, but we included them for completeness and to make you aware of all of the current features.

  • Buddy: Users you are connected with in LunchBunch. To become buddies, one of you must send the other a buddy request, and the other must accept it.
  • Bunch: Buddies are organized into bunches. A bunch can have one or more members, and no one can see your bunches except for you. When you broadcast or create an invitation, you can select bunches and/or buddies, so bunches make it easier to choose multiple buddies quickly.
  • Broadcast: When you are hungry, you use broadcasting to let specific bunches/buddies know. In order to see who else is hungry, three conditions need to be met: 1.) you must be buddies, 2.) you must both be hungry, and 3.) you must both be broadcasting to each other. This means that buddies you aren’t broadcasting to will never see that you are hungry. When selecting bunches to broadcast to, you can lock or hide individual buddies. Locking and hiding buddies allows you to override bunch selection.
    • Locked Buddy: This buddy will be broadcast to–even if he or she isn’t a member of a selected bunch.
    • Hidden Buddy: This buddy will not be broadcast to–even if he or she is a member of selected bunch.
  • Invitation: Sending an invitation initiates a message thread for organizing a meal. Invited members can RSVP, send messages, and modify the invitation (unless it is locked).
    • RSVP: Invitation members can RSVP “going” or “not going”, which will automatically send a message to the invitation members. To see who is going, you can scroll through past messages or check the invitation members list where their RSVPs are listed.
    • Message: Text messages (with emoji support! ūüéČ ūüôĆ) can be sent between invitation members for communication beyond RSVP–location details, etc. or just chatting! Automatic messages are sent when members RSVP, when the time/location of the invitation is modified, and when users are added to the invitation.
    • Modify Invitation: Assuming that the user who created the invitation didn’t lock it, invitation members can change the time and/or location of the invitation and/or invite other users. Only buddies can be added to an invitation, but they do not need to be buddies with everyone in the invitation.
    • Locked Invitation: When you create an invitation, you have the option to lock it to prevent members from editing details. If you lock an invitation, only you can change the time, location, and invitee list. You can also lock/unlock an invitation after you create it.

Still have questions? Is there another term we should add? Please let us know in the comments below!

Sincerely,
Ryan from The Bunch

Understanding Bunches

Creating bunches is the best way to organize your LunchBunch buddies.  Buddies can be placed in as many or as few bunches as you want, and your bunches are private; only you can see who the members are of each of your bunches.  Organizing buddies into bunches is similar to creating music playlists.  You may create playlists for different moods or for different activities, and some playlists may have the same song.  Bunches serve a similar function.

When you broadcast, you select bunches to notify. ¬†So if you often eat with your roommates, you may want to have a “Roommates” bunch that you can select¬†with a single tap. ¬†Bunches make it easy to select multiple buddies without having to scroll through all of your connections each time you plan a meal.

Just like you may want to¬†skip a song¬†without removing it from the playlist, it’s also easy to modify a bunch temporarily during broadcast. ¬†For example, let’s say that you are¬†broadcasting to one of your bunches but would rather not notify one of the buddies in it. ¬†During broadcast, you can choose to hide that buddy to prevent him or her from being notified that you are hungry. ¬†This is a temporary state that is described in more detail in¬†our Understanding Broadcasting¬†post.

Bunches make it super simple to notify the right people that you are hungry.  So we encourage you to create bunches of bunches!  Roommates, classmates, coworkers, and teammates are great places to start looking for bunches.  Clubs, networking groups, and other organizations also makes great bunches.  Whether you eat with the same people most days, or you want to organize your buddies in an effort to eat with new people, bunches make it easy to find others to eat with.

Sincerely,
Ryan from The Bunch

Understanding Invitations

LunchBunch invitations make communication much simpler–and more effective–than group text messages and emails. Invitations combine the benefits of sending messages to your friends with the ability to RSVP with a few taps.

Meal details are provided at the top of LunchBunch invitations–this includes when and where to meet as well as the names of everyone who has been invited. ¬†When you create an invitation, you can choose to lock it so that you are the only one with the ability to modify the event details (start time, location, and invitee list). ¬†This is especially¬†useful for large groups. ¬†If an invitation is not locked, any invitee may suggest a different start time or location or invite additional buddies, which is¬†useful for¬†lunch plans that happen on-the-fly. ¬†When an invitation is updated, all invitees are notified immediately.

RSVP’ing to an invitation is super simple; simply tap¬†the RSVP button to the left of the text-entry box and select your response. ¬†When you RSVP, the rest of the group will be notified. ¬†Instead of¬†scrolling through a list of text messages or email replies to see what everyone said (and having to read everything in case someone changed his or her¬†mind), you can see from the list of invitation members who is going, who can’t make it, and who hasn’t yet responded–all at a glance. ¬†(For your convenience, when you create an invitation, your RSVP is set automatically to “accepted”).

We hope you like the flow of LunchBunch invitations and that they make meal planning easier for you.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know in the comments!

Sincerely,
Ryan from The Bunch

Understanding Broadcasting

Broadcasting is not an invitation. Broadcasting is an easy way to let people know that you are available to send and receive invitations for a meal.  This is an important distinction because it helps you to narrow your search for available friends before deciding on specific plans (i.e. sending an invitation).

Of all of the LunchBunch features, broadcasting may be the one we spent the most time designing. ¬†We needed to find a way to address the pain points of the core problem (easily finding friends to eat with when I’m hungry) while making it simple, quick, engaging, and effective.

Simple and Quick
These were the easiest constraints to satisfy; broadcasting is simple to learn and quick to perform.  When you open LunchBunch, simply tap the broadcast button, select the bunches to broadcast to, and submit the broadcast.  With efficient use of bunches, broadcasting can be done with three taps: start, select, and finish.

Engaging
To see another hungry LunchBuncher, three conditions need to be met: 1.) you must be buddies, 2.) you must both be hungry, and 3.) you must both be broadcasting your hunger to the other.  This increases engagement because if a user is hungry, he or she needs to broadcast that information in order to see who else is available.  In this way, LunchBunch provides useful information to everyone.

Effective
There is a natural tradeoff between simplicity and effectiveness. ¬†It’s very simple not to have constraints and to let everyone know which other users are hungry. ¬†But that’s a lot of information to sort through when you want to find specific people or groups of people, and you may not want to broadcast to everyone on a given day. ¬†Broadcasting to bunches keeps the process of finding specific people simple yet effective; finding hungry buddies is a two step process: 1.) tapping the broadcast button and 2.) selecting the bunches to broadcast to. ¬†And it lets you determine which buddies can know that you’re hungry without having to send an invitation. ¬†Pretty cool, right? ¬†We even provide a way to check/uncheck specific buddies…

Sometimes you may want to modify your broadcast to a particular bunch temporarily–for example if one bunch member is out-of-town (so you don’t want to broadcast to him or her today), or maybe you want to include a buddy who is not currently a member of any bunch. ¬†To fix this, simply check or uncheck the specific user. ¬†Locked users will be–and hidden users will not be–broadcast to regardless of which bunches are selected/deselected for broadcast.

If you have any thoughts on LunchBunch broadcasting, please comment below!

Sincerely,
Ryan from The Bunch

How to use LunchBunch Effectively

Introduction

Here at LunchBunch, we care about genuine relationships that are forged over face-to-face interaction and quality time spent with others.  Lunches (and other meals) are perfect times for this.

Planning meals is hard, and there are plenty of uncertain ones. For those times when you don’t have a plan, you probably want to know who’s available, and the awesome thing is that they want to know the exact same thing. LunchBunch is designed to find who is available right now to grab a meal with you, so you’ll know exactly the people to eat with.

Tips

1. Use the app with buddies

What are buddies you ask? They are your friends in real life‚ÄĒLunchBunch refers to them as buddies.

Currently, you can add buddies by username (just ask them for it!) or phone number (which LunchBunch can get from your contacts if you want). ¬†If the phone¬†number doesn’t match a user, we’ll ask if you want to text them about LunchBunch.

Having more buddies on LunchBunch means a better chance you’ll find people available for lunch when you’re hungry!

2. Make a bunch (or two)

A bunch is simply a group of buddies that only you can see. ¬†You’ll see why these are useful in tip #3.

Useful bunch names might be “Best Friends ūüĎĮ”, “Just Met ūüĎč”, “Coworkers”, etc.

(Pro Tip: USE EMOJIS LIKE THERE’S SNOW TOMORROW ‚ĚĄÔłŹ‚õĄÔłŹ‚ĚĄÔłŹ)

3. Broadcast when you’re looking for people to eat with

The broadcast button is on the main screen. It’s the big button on that screen when you open the app.¬† When you broadcast, you choose all the buddies¬†who you want to eat with. ¬†If those people also choose¬†you in their broadcast, you will see them as a Hungry Buddy (see tip #4). ¬†You can edit your¬†broadcast at any time if you want to see if more people are available for a meal.

Like I said, when you broadcast, you are choosing¬†buddies, however, this is done by selecting bunches. ¬†Selecting a bunch is a convenient way to say, “I want to eat with anyone¬†in this group of people.” ¬†You will see selected buddies before they are broadcasted to, so feel free to check and uncheck multiple bunches.

(Pro Tip: On iOS‚ÄĒand coming soon to Android‚ÄĒyou can select and hide individual buddies, so you can broadcast to a bunch¬†plus or minus a few people if you want).

4. Invite some hungry buddies

Once you’ve broadcasted, you’ll see hungry buddies who have selected you in their broadcast. ¬†Now you can select any number of hungry buddies to¬†start an invitation with (see tip #5).

5. Plan lunch with ease using invitations

Invitations are messages designed for organizing meals. They include text messages as well as the start time and location of the meal. An invitation is editable so that it stays updated as your plans change.  Additionally, members can RSVP so you know who will be there.  You can also add any of your buddies (hungry or not) to an invitation.

(Note: If you add a buddy, they’ll only see messages from when they were added onward).

6. Stop broadcasting when you are done making plans

LunchBunch will be most effective this way! ¬†If people see you as hungry when you aren’t,¬†then they may not be sure when you actually are hungry.


See our FAQ for more info!

If you have any questions, feature requests, or words of encouragement, please leave them in the comments below! ¬†All other complaints can be directed to our monkey–we promise he’s listening!¬†ūüôČ

Sincerely,
Matt from The Bunch