Zoom has become the go-to chat program, but with the site becoming the subject of recent ‘Zoom bombing’ controversies, some are now wary to use it. And with Skype and FaceTime trailing not too far behind in terms of usage, there are people jonesing for a safe alternative with less traffic. Here are a few alternatives you can use to communicate with co-workers, students, family and friends.
BlueJeans is a conference software that’s great for schools and businesses. Depending on your plan, it can handle up to 100 participants and has subscriptions starting at $9.99 per month. Presenters can share their screen with ease, and people can mute their audio and video like many other conference programs. As someone who’s used it already for digital lectures, I can say that it works great!
If you’re an Android user who wants to chat with iOS users – or vice versa – Google Duo is a great neutral alternative to some of the more popular programs. Since it’s linked to your Google account, you’re automatically given access to Duo the second you set up a Gmail. All you have to do is log in, go to the Duo website/app, connect your cell number, and you’re good too go!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Just hear me out! With all the network features in the game, people have been hosting all sorts of events on the platform for weeks now. From birthday parties to dates to even weddings, Animal Crossing has become a very popular social platform. And if you’re not in the mood to see anyone, it’s still a great game (and quite the time suck, if we’re being honest) to play.
Stay connected and stay sane!