COVID-19 Updates

How to Stay Connected With Friends Online

With Tony Evers’s recent decision to extend the stay-at-home order in Wisconsin to May 26th, we’re all going to be staying at home for a while longer and I know that I am really missing seeing my friends. However, quarantine doesn’t mean that you can’t hang out — here are 5 ways to connect with your friends online.

  1. Zoom 

The online meeting service Zoom is currently providing its services for free online. Zoom is a great way to connect with your friends and see them face-to-face — I’ve found that its clearer and better quality than Facetime. To start a meeting with your friends, just create an online Zoom account and invite them to a meeting.

  1. Bunch

Bunch is a free group video chatting app that allows you to video chat with your friends and play games live with them. To play, just download it from the app store and add your friends, then create a group and play with them.

  1. Netflix Party

If you and your friends have Netflix accounts, Netflix Party is a great way to watch movies together. To use the service, first install it at netflixparty.com. After it’s downloaded, choose what you’re watching and click the ‘NP’ icon in the corner of the search bar — this will give you a URL that you can share with friends to invite them to watch with you.

  1. PlayingCards.io

This website is a fun way to play games online with your friends and they have a wide variety of activities to choose from. To set up a game, just go to the website, pick the game you and your friends want to play, and send them the URL.

  1. Mario Kart Party

If you have a Nintendo account, this app is a fun way to play online with friends. Mario Kart Party is available in the App Store for free and allows you to add friends and race with them.

 

By Julianna Baldo

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