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Everyone is at the Houseparty

New video chatting app Houseparty racks up downloads in the app store

By Nate Bodner, Sports Editor
January 6, 2017
It seems like every teenager has Houseparty now. No, not the classic loud music, red solo cup and popcorn on the floor kind of house party. We mean the app; Houseparty.

Last week, an app that anyone other than a teenager probably hasnít heard off overtook Twitter and rose to the ninth highest free app on the Apple App Store. Itís just one spot behind Facebook, the world's biggest social networking site.

Houseparty allows users to live stream and communicate with up to eight people at once. Itís great for planning a fun evening, reminiscing the next morning and helping friends out with homework during the week.
Houseparty is the hottest new app. Nicholas Fechner-Mills
Houseparty is the hottest new app.

The app was first released in February 2016, and has since grown to over one million daily active users. The app is most popular with Generation Z, birthdays in 1996 and up, as over sixty percent of their users are under the age of 24.

And that includes us, Blazers. Students at Blair are beginning to connect on Houseparty as a new way to communicate. Sophomore Andrew Muirhead loves being able to talk with multiple people at once. ďI think itís very fun to be able to talk to multiple people at a time. Itís like group Facetime,Ē Muirhead says. Junior Eliza Salzman agrees. She uses the app to meet Blazers she hasnít ever talked to before. ďI like how itís a new way to FaceTime with your friends and you can also meet a lot of new people within your school that you wouldnít have known otherwise,Ē Salzman explains.

Friends of friends can join your group, and if you donít know the person, "stranger danger" will flash across the screen. But, if you want privacy, users can lock their rooms, so that the conversation can remain private. Also, if youíre "in the house," but your friends arenít, you can "wave" at them to send a push notification inviting them to get on the app.

Blazers use the app to plan their moves, or just gossip with friends. Junior Braedon Moomey loves being able to hang out with all of his friends, without actually having to be with them. ďItís so helpful to be able to see and talk to multiple people for planning or just talking,Ē he says, excitedly. And not only is it a tool to help with your social life, Houseparty can be used as a study tool. Junior Bridget McCaw uses Houseparty for group study sessions. "I usually use it to do homework. Itís way more efficient if youíre doing group work than just texting," McCaw says.

Blazers who have Houseparty recommend it to all their peers. ďI definitely recommend the app because itís a fun new way to talk to your friends and friends of friends but also meet new people within your school,Ē Salzman says. Muirhead feels that the app helps with staying in touch. "Itís a good way to keep up with your friends, catch up with friends from other schools, and meet new people as well," Muirhead adds.






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