Remember Meerkat? It was one of the apps that started the live-streaming trend, before losing out to Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live.
Well, now Meerkat is back. Sort of.
Life on Air, the company behind Meerkat, has dusted itself down and come up with an impressive new group video-chat app. It’s called Houseparty, and it’s gained over 1,000,000 users in a few short months. Here’s how it works…
How does the Houseparty app work?
Unlike Meerkat, which was designed for broadcasting in public, Houseparty is all about having personal chats with small groups of friends.
To start a chat, you simply create a group chat (known as a ‘room’), and invite your friends using SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook and other social networks.
If your friend has Houseparty, they'll be able to join your room instantly. And obviously, you can join other rooms if you’re lucky enough to get invited.
Only eight people can chat in a room at any given time, but you can have as many rooms as you want. You can switch between them by simply swiping across the screen, and rooms can be locked for added privacy.
1,000,000 users and counting
Like we said, Houseparty has already built up a following of 1,000,000 users, which is pretty good going - especially when you consider how hard Life on Air tried to keep it under wraps (and avoid any media hype). For example, the Houseparty app was actually listed under the fake pseudonym Alexander Herzick for about 10 months, and Life on Air even created false Facebook and LinkedIn profiles for him. And apparently, anyone who tried contacting Mr. Herzick got sent nothing more than a Daft Punk GIF for their troubles…
Houseparty is already bigger than Meerkat ever was, and it’s easy to see why. Just like the best chat apps, it’s easy to use, original and fun. Let’s hope it lasts.
Houseparty is free to download on Google Play and the App Store. If you’re already using it to chat to your friends, what do you think of it? Drop us a line below and share your thoughts.