People Are Obsessed With an App Called "Houseparty" During Quarantine
Leave it to Generation Z, the most socially connected and tech-savvy group that ever lived, to figure out the art of self-isolating without being isolated: Houseparty, the app that’s a little like Snapchat, a little like Skype, and already a beloved fixture on phones of Gen Z-ers in the States and millennials in Britain. Described as “the only thing that will keep me sane in the coming weeks” by British Vogue, Houseparty isn’t technologically groundbreaking, but it lends itself well to low-key, organic, face-to-face chats. It’s designed to be easy for you to start chatting to someone you’d never suggest a FaceTime with—as though you were making the rounds at a house party (get it?).
In many ways, Houseparty is similar to Snapchat, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime—group video calling apps that have filters, sound effects, etc. Where it differs is its gaming platform, which sets it apart from both video calling apps and in-game calling apps, and gives it an advantage by marrying the two concepts. If you’re a gamer, you’re probably familiar with Discord and Xbox Live, which are developed for socializing but are game-first (video calling can lag, for example, because the game screen is prioritized). Skype, Zoom, etc., by comparison, are video chat-first. Houseparty has no specific focus, which adds to the app’s low-key feel.
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