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Party in the time of corona: 5 apps that will help you socialise online

Whether you want to watch a movie with your friends or roam a museum on your own -- depending on what your definition of having a good time is -- here are five of apps that you can swear by during the lockdown.

twitter-logoRoshni Majumdar | March 25, 2020 | Updated 17:44 IST

Highlights

  • India is under 21-day lockdown with everyone asked to stay home.
  • You can still socialise online and do some of things, like watching a movie with friends, virtually.
  • This is a list 5 best apps that you can use to virtually socialise with your friends.

Did you know that the most popular virtual trip this week on Google Arts and Culture was a virtual trip to the Taj Mahal? Did you also know that you can now learn a language for free on Babble? Here's our definitive guide to the apps you can download to remain social amid the lockdown:

Netflix Party

This is an extension to the popular Netflix. It had been developed in 2015 and has seen a surge in the number of downloads beginning earlier in the year. All you have to do is install the extension on your Google Chrome browser. The best thing about it? If you are looking to get into the virtual movie watching with friends only for limited period, you can simply sign up for the Netflix trial, which is free, and use it for a month.

Houseparty

If you want to video-chat your friends while playing a game of Trivia, this is the app for you. The app has been downloaded over 2 million times worldwide, and has become one of the hottest apps across Apple and Android devices. Houseparty is owned by Epic Games, the same developer behind the viral online video game, Fortnite.

Google Arts and Culture Project

Do you want to walk around some of the best museums in the world? Do you want to see some of the best opera houses around the world? Do you want to see the pyramids in Egypt or explore Machu Pichu? The app has you covered. Google Arts and Culture Project features content from over 1200 leading museums, and art from than 6,000 artists. Google can also take you on a 360-degree tour of individual galleries using Street View 'indoor' technology. Street View covers over 60 museums right now.

Eventbrite

While we're on the topic of learning something new, here's another app that's exceptionally handy. Eventbrite was traditionally used by companies to schedule events taking place in-person, but since countries across the world are entering a near or total lockdown, the site has seen a surge in the number of virtual events. There are science and technology events, community and culture events, as well as opportunities for speed dating! All you have to do is make sure you have installed Zoom.

Instagram Co-Watching

Instagram recently rolled out a new feature that allows you to video-call your friends so you can watch posts together. The idea is similar to Facebook Watch. However, on Facebook Watch, your friends can only react to your videos with a text or emojis. They cannot join a video-call. On Instagram, you can video-call your friends through the direct-messaging tab and look at liked or recommended posts together.

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