We’ve seen some cooperation’s move their businesses online – for those who initially were yet to, some already have their human workforce cut down in pursuit of digital and remote personnel while several are already counting the big financial cost of the Coronavirus pandemic.
But one company that sure have seen their fortunes skyrocket amidst all these is the self-styled Houseparty social video service owned by Fortnite developer — Epic Games.
What is the Houseparty App?
With millions of people stuck at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it has quickly ammased a huge number of following and active users all over the globe. In fact, App Annie last week alone reported that the app gained a massive 2 million downloads.
Difficult to say if this magic spike in download and users is a result of the app being owned by Fortnite developer Epic Games, who bought it in 2019, the resultant boredom effect of staying long hours at home or the many features it packs along with.
But one thing is certain, you’re in for a threat!
|Houseparty Room Session: Financial Time|
Remember the FaceApp of 2019?
When you open up the app, you’ll be able to see which of your friends are online and ready to chat — and your friends will be notified when you’re online too. It’s super easy-to-use, and that’s easily one of the best things about the service.
Unlike the traditional Facebook and Instagram app, many of the users see this as very awkward as intruding users can immediately lock up a houseparty with you and your partner(spouse) without been invited
But then there is always a first time!
Users will no doubt be making use of the “lock” their room option often to avoid random users entering the same room with them.
…Something to advise your kids on when using the app.
The fun actually begins once you start actually chatting with friends. After the chat begins, you’ll be able to choose from a number of games to play. Games include Heads Up, Trivia, Quick Draw, and more — and they can be played with up to eight people at a time.
The Houseparty app has other fun features too. You can send so-called “Facemails,” which are video messages that will play when your friends open the app, and you can screen share too.
And, thankfully it’s relatively easy to get friends on Houseparty since it pulls contacts from social media apps like Facebook and Snapchat to tell you which of your friends are already using the service and to allow you to invite others.
This is where the fuss on possible misuse of user data comes in as you will have to give the Houseparty app permission to look up your details on Facebook and Snapchat.
The app is no doubt still in its genesis with lots of features expected in due time alongside the key assurance over handling of user data.
Is the Houseparty App safe to use?
Despite Cambridge Analytica locking up its doors in the aftermath of the Facebook data-theft scandal in association with the Trump and Leave.Eu campaign, individuals have always felt their data were being compromised by big tech firms at the expense of their personal security.
In fact, the effect has been an eye opener with internet users now conscious of programs they sign onto, sites they enter their personal information on and how they handle their internet banking and financial transactions.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, video chatting services in general have become increasingly popular over the past few weeks, both for professional and for personal use.
The most popular services include the likes of Zoom and FaceTime, however, Houseparty differentiates itself from the other services with its games and quizzes.
Parents are also advised to be mindful of how their teens make use of the Houseparty app since user-to-user connection is quick and does not require initiating a connection of any kind. Digital trends reports experts warn the app could be a digital privacy nightmare for users.
Where to Download Houseparty
As of the time of writing this post, the Houseparty apps is available on your different devices. Android apk and iOS users can now get the full features of the Houseparty app and there is even the MacOS version to sweeten things up when at the workplace. No Windows version for now.
You can download Houseparty for Android, iOS, and MacOS.