Big Tech neglected video chat. Now, Zoom and Houseparty are thriving

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Amid the pandemic, the video chat upstarts have capitalized on a rare opportunity to beat Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. There are a lot of ways to gauge the sudden success of video chat apps during the coronavirus pandemic. One would involve looking at the iOS App Store, where Zoom is ranked number one in the Business category, or where Houseparty ranks first among Social Networking apps. We could also look at users: Zoom has 300 million people chatting daily, up from 10 million in December, while Houseparty has seen 50 million signups over the last month . Read Full Story

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Facebook’s Messenger Rooms take on Zoom and Houseparty

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As folks turn to video to stay social, Facebook is launching a service that lets you chat with friends—even if they don’t have a Facebook account. Of all the tools we’re using to survive this time of social isolation, none has seen more explosive growth than videoconferencing. Zoom, which had 10 million users last December, now has 300 million . Houseparty, which lately felt like a fad whose time had passed, added 50 million users in a month and became a top download on both Apple and Google’s app stores. Read Full Story

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Using Facebook Live to Quickly Create Content

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Need to create more content but don’t have a lot of time? Have you considered using Facebook Live to speed up your content creation process? To explore how to use Facebook Live to quickly create content, I interview Ian Anderson Gray on the Social Media Marketing Podcast. Ian is a live video expert. He’s host […] The post Using Facebook Live to Quickly Create Content appeared first on Social Media Examiner | Social Media Marketing .

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You can finally listen to music while video chatting

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The music syncing app AmpMe is launching a feature that lets you hang out with friends virtually while listening to music. If you’ve ever tried to play music while chatting with friends or family on FaceTime or Zoom, you know that it doesn’t really work. Even if one person plays music that’s loud enough for their online friends to make out, the sound quality is terrible, and it can be difficult to hear everyone talk. You can tweak your Zoom settings to make it easier to play music via screen sharing; still, video chatting software simply wasn’t made for people to listen to music together. Read Full Story

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How to stay virtually connected on your own terms

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You can successfully preserve your sanity alongside running a business and maintaining bonds with loved ones. You’re probably reading this article on a computer. Next to you is your phone, buzzing with multiple notifications. Your smartwatch is strapped to your wrist, letting you know it’s time to stand, and you’re squeezing this reading in before a video chat with an international client. Read Full Story

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Move over, FaceTime: These 8 cool features make Google Duo a winner

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Make group calls with a single link, fix crummy lighting, and much more. If you use a Mac, an iPhone, and/or an iPad—and so does everyone else you know—FaceTime is an indispensable tool when it comes to video chatting. But this isn’t an Apple-filled world, and if you’re looking for something with the simplicity and video quality of FaceTime that lets you chat with people on non-Apple devices, then Google Duo should be at or near the top of your must-download apps list. And you’ll find that it has a heaping helping of cool tricks up its sleeve. Read Full Story

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