Houseparty added 50 million new users in the past month

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Houseparty, for example, realized 50 million new signups over the past month – a jump of around 70x its normal usage in some markets according to co-founder and CEO Sima Sistani. In Apple’s US App Store, Houseparty has been the most-downloaded app in the social networking category every day since March 20. Over Easter weekend, it was the second-most downloaded app in any category (Zoom took the top spot).

Houseparty may be a new name for many but in actuality, it’s been around for quite some time.

The app traces its roots back to Life on Air, the developer that launched livestreaming app Meerkat in early 2015. Realizing that private chat sessions were the future, the team started work on what would eventually become Houseparty and launched it the following year.

Momentum picked up in subsequent years and in mid-2019, Epic Games came knocking. The Fortnite dev scooped up Life on Air and Houseparty for an undisclosed sum; the social networking app has been operating as a subsidiary of Epic ever since.

Houseparty and other apps like it are riding a massive high right now but the real question is, what’s going to happen to these apps when people go back to work and school. “Being in person with someone is still better than anything that we can provide,” Sistani said. At the very least, Sistani hopes that Houseparty could “have a role in that new more connected, empathetic future.”

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QuantumPhysics

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ZOOM exploded in usage simply because so many businesses and schools tried to turn to it when Covid-19 forced them indoors.

Thing is: The exploitability and shortcomings of these programs became painfully apparent almost immediately.

#1 Most people don't want to be on camera. They don't mind voice conferencing, but videochat is chaotic and feels imprisoning since the other person can see what you're doing and whether or not you're attentive - not to mention what's going on behind you.

#2 The bandwidth for video calling is far more demanding than audio-only which is a big issue for people without access to broadband, data caps or calling from distant locations.

#3 Have you ever been forced to video chat with an annoying girlfriend? Yeah - it's really, really annoying.
 
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QuantumPhysics

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Quite shocked these institutions dont have MS Office with Teams. It works pretty well and finally I had use for that app I never wanted to start automatically. lol

#3 LOL :-D
TEAMS popped into my computer during an update months ago. I never really took a close look at it.
 

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ZOOM exploded in usage simply because so many businesses and schools tried to turn to it when Covid-19 forced them indoors.

Thing is: The exploitability and shortcomings of these programs became painfully apparent almost immediately.

#1 Most people don't want to be on camera. They don't mind voice conferencing, but videochat is chaotic and feels imprisoning since the other person can see what you're doing and whether or not you're attentive - not to mention what's going on behind you.

#2 The bandwidth for video calling is far more demanding than audio-only which is a big issue for people without access to broadband, data caps or calling from distant locations.

#3 Have you ever been forced to video chat with an annoying girlfriend? Yeah - it's really, really annoying.
People use Zoom because of the business oriented tools necessary for different video call types/presentations. Houseparty sounds like it's for kids not for a business meeting.