With majority of the world in some form of lockdown due to COVID-19, many of us are left wondering how to stay in touch during the dawn of social distancing. As we find ourselves isolated for extended periods of time, technology has become our saving grace. Thanks to social networking apps, chatting with and even seeing others has never been easier. With an endless number of apps at our disposal, choosing the right app can be an overwhelming task. To help you get started, consider our list of the ‘Top 10 Apps That Keep Us Connected’:
- Facebook Messenger
As one of the easiest ways to stay in touch during isolation, Facebooker Messenger allows you to send messages with GIFs, photos, videos, emojis, stickers and more. The app allows you to voice chat with up to 50 people and video chat between six people. As a free app from the app store all you need is a Freat acebook account, wifi or cellular data.
As working from home becomes the norm Zoom has emerged as a leader in communication technology. The platform provides teleconferencing, telecommuting, distance education, and social relations services. The app can host up to 1,000 people in a video meeting and is free for calls between two people for 24 hours, and free for up to 100 people for 40 minutes. A great place to host book club meeting up during this lockdown period.
An oldie but a goodie FaceTime is an app that comes preloaded onto any Apple device. FaceTime allows you to call people all around the world. You can make a video call with just one person or as many as 32 people at a time. Even without an internet connection, this app can work on cellular connections alone, all you need is your contacts phone numbers and you’re set.
Hangouts allows free group chats for up to 150 people or video calls with 10 people. Available on both Android and iOS, Hangouts allows users to get creative with maps, stickers, animated GIFs and photos. With Hangouts you can keep track of all your conversations including photos sent in the past and video calls made.
- Google Duo
Available for both Android and iOS users, Google Duo lets users make video calls with up to eight people, so you’ll never miss out on any of those important moments with family and friends. If you can’t get a hold of the people you call you can leave video messages that you can play again and again. The Knock Knock feature allows you to see a live preview of the person calling you before you even answer the call.
- Netflix Party
Netflix Party allows you to join friends and family to remotely watch TV shows and movies together at the exact same time. After you’ve joined the party, an extension adds in a chat window, allowing you to not only connect with others but to synchronise playback between watchers and allow anyone watching to pause and play the video as they please.
- House Party
Available for both Android and iOS Users, House Party lets you stay in touch with the people you care about most, face to face via video. A total of eight people can join in on the video, with an alert sent when your friends are ‘in the house’ and can join in on the video. Beyond video chatting you can even message each other and play games within the app while videoing.
- Marco Polo
Marco Polo is the perfect app if you’re short on time or battle with opposite time zones. Instead of live video calling, Marco Polo allows you to send video messages that each user can respond to in their own time. Suitable for both individuals and groups, Marco Polo has a range of added bonuses such as filters and voice effects to make things easy and fun.
For those that are perhaps more intellectual, Goodreads is a social networking app specially designed for book lovers and authors. With more than 75 million members including authors and readers Goodreads allows a reader to add books to shelves, track their reading, rate and review plus find out what their friend and somebody else is reading. With over a million book titles added daily Goodreads is one of the best social networks for book lovers.
- Carry a Book
Something you wouldn’t read about, Carry a Book is an app that connects you with other book loving companions. Carry a Book helps you meet and make new friends who share your love of books and who may wish to share their thoughts. As we find ourselves with more time on our hands, why not connect with others who may find themselves reading the exact same book as you, through Carry a Book app.
At a time like this it’s completely normal to feel lonelier than usual. Social contact is a huge part of our daily lives, so it’s important we continue to stay connected with each other. With technology at our disposal it’s easier than ever before to connect with friends, family and work colleagues. With an app store overflowing with social networking apps, remember there are plenty of options for helping you keep in touch.