Press for GroupMe

Employees at New York's buzzmagnet start-up GroupMe are masters of discipline! The company pushed major updates this morning exactly when they said they would, along with a new website that's straight from the computers on the spaceships of the future.

Group texting app GroupMe launched Friday a new feature that allows users to create groups that include Foursquare friends nearby.  “Imagine it with us: you’re at a concert and notice on Foursquare that a bunch of your friends are there, too,” reads a post on the startup’s blog. “But you don’t know where they are or how to get everyone together. You open up on your phone, check off all their names, and you’re instantly dropped into a GroupMe. With one text, everyone can plan where to go next.”

Call it the anti-Facebook effect, but this private group text messaging thing is starting to get some serious traction. The chart above shows the growth in text messages per day going through GroupMe, the group chat startup that launched last May at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. By the time our San Francisco Disrupt came around in September, GroupMe had reached its one millionth cumulative text message, and was doing about 30,000 text messages a day. Fast forward to today, and it is now doing one million text messages per day.

GroupMe, the hot mobile startup based in New York City, is gearing up for a huge spring.