Online chat applications like Skype, Slack, and Discord have been receiving a huge increase in use and number of users in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic due to the increase in people using work-from-home setups. Chatting with coworkers and employees about work projects though isn’t the only way you can use these apps to connect with others.
Consider Discord for example, in the r/Frisco Reddit server, one Redditor invited Frisco area residents to a monthly online book club held via Discord. The club meets once a month on Sunday at 4 pm. If you’re interested in learning more about the bookclub, you can read the original post here with a link to join here.
You might also consider starting your own monthly or even weekly bookclub, happy hour, game night, or movie night with friends or family members. You and your friends or distant family members can sit in your different living rooms and all watch the same movie at the same time on your respective computers via Discord. The app has an open audio channel that can be used during streaming so you can all laugh, gasp, and hear each other offer unsolicited advice to your movie’s characters just as if you were all in the same room together.
As of March, Discord announced that they’d be upping the viewing limit from streams from 10 participants to 50. Online meeting/chat applications are more popular now than they were last year because they’ve become essential. And with chat apps adapting to the new demands in the industry, being familiar with different chat apps and the unique features each app brings to the table is helpful in maintaining our social connections and adapting to this new digital normal.