If you’re doing the responsible thing by social distancing, you’re probably going a little stir crazy. That’s why we’ve curated these 4 social platforms to help you reach out to a wider community from the comfort and safety of your home.
If you’re practising social distancing and starting to forget what it feels like to spend time with friends, don’t worry. At a time when everything feels up in the air, it’s important to find little ways to escape the chaos and worry that’s pervading our newsfeeds and group chats. If you’re like us, you’re just starting to realise how much you miss the little things – like binge-watching Netflix with friends or hosting the odd games night. Here are some ways you can still hang out while practising social distancing.
From the latest seasons of drama favourites like ‘Ozark’ and ‘Westworld’ to new releases like ‘Tiger King,’ the Internet’s current docuseries obsession, it’s fair to say that Netflix provides no shortage of binge-worthy entertainment. But if you’re one of those spectators who loves pairing their nightly viewings with some sass and commentary between friends, then look no further than Netflix Party, Google’s downloadable Chrome extension that’s all the rage now. The best part? There’s a group chat function that allows you and your friends to react to plot twists and cliffhangers in near-real-time. Pretty neat, eh?
For those who miss having meaningful face-to-face conversations, Toasty is an audience engagement platform that uses multi-user video calls for virtual events. With the slogan #IBelieveInBetterInteractions, Toasty claims to be best for community networking purposes and back-and-forth dialogue, rather than one-way communication. With editable conversation cards that serve as icebreakers and prompts, you can use the platform to chat or even host trivia nights. These virtual calls also let you create groups of different conversations, and can include a timer for each speaker so as to make sure that it’s all equal communication, making it the go-to for weighty discussions as well as brain-teasing games.
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If you’re bored out of your mind and looking to channel your pent up energy into a creative outlet, why not try a virtual art collaboration on Aggie? All you have to do is pick the size of your virtual canvas, click ‘start drawing’ and send the link to a friend so that they can get started on the very same page. You could draw out a scene of where you’d rather be – or play ‘Tic Tac Toe’, ‘Hangman’ and all those other childhood classics we didn’t even know we missed! Pair this platform with a video call, and you can play ‘Pictionary,’ too. Another favourite of ours includes ‘Guess the Meme’ – trust us, you’ll be at this for hours!
If visual art isn’t really your thing, but you’ve got a guitar or a set of pipes that you’re letting rust away while being cooped up at home, then you must check out JamKazam. It’s a website that allows musicians of all varieties and skill levels to sync up while playing live music remotely. So if you’re a singer and you’ve got a few friends who play instruments but live on another continent, then why not meet here to host jam sessions virtually? Boasting quality audio, video and the option to broadcast on YouTube, JamKazam also lets you discover other bands or musicians on the platform, enabling you to create music with strangers from around the world, too – and all from the safety and comfort of your living room.