What Is The ‘Houseparty’ App And Why Is Everyone Using It?
The Houseparty app has had an extreme surge in popularity in recent days, and you might have seen everyone talking about it. So what’s the deal?
The global pandemic we are all living through has been extremely bad news for most businesses, as people across the globe are stuck inside. But one app, which has quietly existed since 2016, is absolutely going off chops. Houseparty is a free app that allows you to video chat and play games with a bunch of your mates, and LOTS of people are downloading it for obvious reasons. Physical isolation can mean social isolation, so it’s important for people to feel connected. And what better way than by a slightly chaotic video-chat app?
More of my friends have joined Houseparty tonight than joined it in the first three and a half years of its existence
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) March 28, 2020
The way it works is by drawing from your various contact lists to help you create a network of friends. Once you’ve added people, the app then shows you who is “in the house”, and who is “online”, meaning you can instantly start a video chat with them, or “around”, in which case you can wave to them, and let them know you want to talk.
Houseparty give it a fucking rest telling me who’s in the house WE’RE ALL IN THE HOUSE
— Grace Petrie (@gracepetrie) March 28, 2020
I love house party I do, but the fact I clicked the notification by accident now I’m online and in a chat with someone having to make small talk because quite frankly I just wasn’t ready – I just don’t know if I’m ready for that daily struggle😩😂
— Brooke Levi Vincent 🌻 (@BrookeLVincent) March 28, 2020
However, there’s also the option to “sneak into the house”, meaning nobody will get a notification that you’ve arrived.
if you didn’t know about this houseparty feature neither did I until last week It’s a game changer pic.twitter.com/EW84IVbMYr
— mina (@wlwrogers) March 24, 2020
One of the main features of the app that sets it apart from just regular video-chat is that it also shows you who is in a room talking to each other, and you can crash that convo. Just like a real house party!
Me barging into a Houseparty chat I’m definitely not invited to pic.twitter.com/bdBe9837rn
— Serena Smith (@serenasaysrelax) March 24, 2020
me accidentally going into random peoples houseparty chats every 2 minutes pic.twitter.com/txVgiTuUbT
— 🦋tegs (@teganbaileyx) March 28, 2020
That can be fun! But never fear, if you don’t want acquaintances or even other friends crashing your convo, you can simply lock the room you are in and it prevents anyone else from joining. This obviously can come with its own set of interpersonal drama.
— umar2x (@umar2x) March 27, 2020
When I see my friends in locked rooms on the Houseparty app. pic.twitter.com/hNaLcporWD
— TK🕊 (@thekachie) March 26, 2020
If you’re going to use the app, it’s a good idea to go into the settings and turn off notifications, otherwise you will be receiving updates 24 hours a day about which of your friends are using their phones, and it’s a LOT.
Houseparty notifications every 5 minutes pic.twitter.com/ZEuXOjIENy
— Daniel Beattie (@beattie12345) March 28, 2020
I’d prefer one handy consolidated notification saying ‘Everyone you’ve ever met in your whole fucking life just joined House Party!’
— Jessica Fostekew (@jessicafostekew) March 25, 2020
You can also play games in your chat like trivia games and Pictionary, which can be some good wholesome fun way to pass the time.
Houseparty is not a dating app please men. It’s for our mates and people who want to play online games. It’s not FaceTime or Tinder. Don’t be weird
— Lolwethu Gubu (@LolwethuGubu) March 28, 2020
You can get Houseparty for your phone or laptop, and as always, make up your own mind about sharing personal data and contacts.
Me sharing personal data with Houseparty, an app that I had never heard of until three days ago, two years after the Cambridge Analytica scandal pic.twitter.com/4erR0sLIrK
— socially distant (@fka_j) March 24, 2020
So while you can’t have your own houseparty at the moment, maybe this kind of thing can help fill the empty party void for a little while. And on the bright side, there will be less vomit! Probably.