Rooms vs. group messages
You can use a room or a group message in Hangouts Chat to chat with two or more people. To help you decide which to use, the table below describes the differences between group messages and rooms.
|Who can chat||After starting the chat, can't add or remove anyone||Can add and remove anyone at any time|
|Conversations||Single unthreaded conversation||Multiple, threaded conversations|
|Message history||History can be turned off (messages removed in 24 hours) or turned on (messages follow your organization's retention policy), subject to the admin's settings.||Message history is on, and messages are retained according to your organization's policy|
|Name||List of other members' names, e.g. "Brenden, Ann, Rosa"||Room creator chooses name, e.g. "Marketing chat"|
|Notifications||Members are notified for every message||Users are notified for conversations they're in, or when @mentioned|
|Leaving||Members can't leave, but can hide the chat in the sidebar||Members can leave and rejoin|
|Multiple with same users||Can't have two group messages with same set of people||Can have two or more rooms with same set of people|
|Bots||Bots can't be included||Anyone can add a bot|
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