Well, we have been notified that the quarantined will be extended until mid-May. I know for me I could use a few new ways to communicate with my friends and family. Here are a few mobile apps, in no particular order, that could be useful.
Good old FaceTime. For my iPhone users out there, you can FaceTime a group of people. It comes pre-installed, but you won’t be able to chat with those who don’t have an iPhone, iPad, etc. Plus, the iPhone comes with text games. I love the pool and Uno like game.
I always forget about this one. If you have a Google account, then you have Google Hangouts. This app allows you to have group conversations on with multiple people, text with gifs and emojis, and it’s available on laptop, desktop or phone.
Marco Polo is like the walkie talkie of video chats. You record what you want to say and send it to anyone you like. But keep in mind, you have a couple of seconds to say what you need, or you will have a lot of messages to send. But make sure the person you are sending it to has the app, otherwise, they won’t be able to see it.
I really enjoy the House Party app. You can video chat with a group of people and play fun games during your conversations. This app was recently rediscovered; it was an app that most college students use just to pass the time and it fell off the grid. It has now resurfaced, and many people are using this app to communicate, play fun games and even share their screens with loved ones.
I’ve used Facebook messenger a couple of times. It’s also a great way to communicate with people. One thing you have to download the app if you’re using your mobile device, but you can also chat if you have a camera on your desktop.
It’s Zoom, I mean we all know about Zoom. One thing is if you have more than two people to chat with, you will be limited to only 40 minutes if you’re using the free version. (Note :: we’ve recently learned that this time limit is waived during the stay at home order)
Lastly, one that I haven’t used since college …
Skype is old school, but it does the job. If you’re like me, you may have forgotten your password but it’s easy to change. I may just log on later to see if I can reconnect with a few old friends!
What app are you using? Any I missed? I want to hear about it in the comments. Let me know!