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Thursday, June 4 Living

Tips and ideas for your next Zoom party

...Or FaceTime, Google Hangout, Facebook Video etc.

"Zoom." It's been the word of the day during quarantine. As people are self-isolating at home, the video chat app has become the most popular way to keep in touch with friends and loved ones, conduct business meetings and join live workout classes.

According to CNN, Zoom is now the most downloaded app on Apple. "On Monday March 23, Zoom was downloaded 2.13 million times worldwide, up from 2.04 million the day before, according to app tracking firm Apptopia. Two months prior, the app had just under 56,000 global downloads in a day," CNN reports.

Of course, there are other apps and digital features like FaceTime, Google Hangouts and Facebook Video that get the job done. Whichever platform you choose, as the quarantine wears on, your virtual happy hours and get-togethers may be getting a little stale.

>> Click through for some of our tips and ideas to keep your Zoom "parties" from getting boring.

There are also certain things to keep in mind when it comes to etiquette and making the experience enjoyable for everyone. For example:

Mute yourself if you are not talking or if there is a lot of background noise on your end.

Make sure your are in a well-lit environment so people are not squinting to see you.

Test your audio and Internet connection ahead of time.

Don't have one-on-one conversations in a group chat.

Go into a room where you will be alone so people are not coming in and out of the shot.

Lidia Ryan|Web Producer

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