Zoom is great for hosting a video call with a large group of people. It is easy to use, quick and glitch free. You can either call for 40 minuets with your own account or get in touch with Lucie (firstname.lastname@example.org) to host a call for longer as the SU pay for a preimum account for you to use
To use Zoom:
Discord is a popular platform among gamers. It is a great way to stay connected, interact and have a bit of fun! You can access Discord either on your browser or download it onto your device (Desktop/iOS/Android).
Connecting with others
Join servers: Find servers you want to participate in. In order to join a server, you will need to have an invite to it. Friends can either invite you directly, or if you have a link to a Discord server click on that.
Add friends: You can add people to your friends list. Once you are friends with people you can call them privately, and they get added as a contact in your direct messages.
Chat: The message bar can be used to message individuals or channels. You can also voice chat with your friends.
Voice/video call: As Discord is primarily for gamers, you can voice chat and video call with people. Make sure your microphone and headphones are active, then start a call:
Skype is a popular internet calling app and is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to stay in touch with others across the world.
How to guide
Google Hangouts can be used to chat and call. Hangouts syncs automatically across devices, if you start a Hangout on your computer, you can continue your chat on another device, like your phone.
You can access Hangouts either on your browser, or download it onto your mobile device (iOS/Android).
You can either start a video call, phone call or message with individuals/groups by pressing the corresponding buttons.
WhatsApp is a great way of staying in touch with family, friends and groups. As long as you have a smartphone and internet anyone can get invovled easily and quickly. Just download the WhatsApp App (iOS/Android).
To create groups:
Facebook Messenger helps you to stay connected. It can be used without having a Facebook account, just sign up for messenger directly. You can either access it through your chosen browser or downlaod the Messenger app (iOS/Android).
You can then either message/call individuals or create groups:
Messenger Rooms make it easy to spend quality time with friends, members and other who share your interests.
It's easy to create a room right from Messenger or Facebook, and invite anyone to join your video call, even if they don't have a Facebook account. Rooms will hold up to 50 people with no time limit. Use it to host your celebrations, gather a book club or just hang out.
You can start and share rooms on Facebook through News Feed, Groups and Events, so it's easy for people to drop by. Soon they will add ways to create rooms from Instagram Direct, WhatsApp and Portal, too.
When you create a room, you choose who can see and join it. You can remove people and lock the room to prevent people entering.
Micrsoft Teams is a great way for you all to still communicate, plan and organise yourselves. See the full guide here for all the possibilities!
If you want help with any of these, feel free to get in touch with someone from the Opportunities Team!