10 WebsiteCompass Social Media Basics How HousepartyWorks If you’ve used video chat apps like FaceTime, Hangouts, or Skype, you already have a pretty good idea of the video functionality of Houseparty. The difference is that Houseparty is more dependent on connecting with friends. The more people you friend in the app, the better, because it increases the likeli- hood that someone will be available to chat any time you want to use it. When you open the app, you’re alerted to which friends are “in the house,” meaning they’re available to chat. You can connect in several ways: by initiating a call your- self, by someone initiating a call with you, or by joining a call already in progress. Yep, that’s right; you can invite yourself, just as you would at a real house party! Once you’re in a call, you can talk as you do with other video chat apps, or you can tap the dice icon at the top of the screen to start playing a game. Games can include up to eight people and are a great way to break the ice and get every- one involved. Other features include private messag- ing and Facemail, which enables you to record a 15-second video and send it to a friend. You’re Invited to a Houseparty No need to leave home—just join a call, play a game, and have a blast Houseparty is the perfect app for this pandemic period because it allows you to safely engage with friends and family in fun ways. You can just talk as you would with other video chat apps, or you can play games together. Here we explore how to enjoy a Houseparty and turn social distancing into distant socializing.