I like to think of us as moving into the post-selfie era.It brings us back to the most human way to connect, which at this point I believe is live video.
Instead of simply logging into an ever-present video chat room that notifies friends like on Houseparty, you deliberately select friends or a group text thread to invite to a video call.
Once in, up to 4 Messenger users can share big slices of the screen, while Houseparty accommodates 8.
Between 4 and 6 callers, the Messenger screen switches to a gallery format, with whoever is speaking taking up the bulk of the screen with little thumbnails of everyone else at the bottom.
And everyone beyond the first 6 up to 50 callers will only be able to listen, speak, and send content but won’t appear in the video gallery.
Unlike Facetime or Skype, you can have up to eight people in a room and have several "parties" going at once.
It's like a video version of a chatroom, and teens are going crazy for it: the app launched last February and now has more than 1 million daily active users. Rubin stuck with the live video idea and is now the CEO of Life on Air, the company behind Houseparty.
While Snapchat came close, Generation Z — the cohort born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s — has moved on to another app: Houseparty.
Houseparty is a mobile app for live video chatting.
Face Time wasn't the first video calling app but it may be the most well-known and one of the most widely used.
With Face Time's popularity, Android users may wonder if they can get Face Time for Android to host their own video and audio chats.
US teens might be most familiar with the format from the recent rise of Houseparty, the new app from the makers of Meerkat.