Houseparty adds Facemail, a way to send recorded video chats to friends

Tech 15-10-2018 The Verge 23

Houseparty, which makes an app for hosting live video chats with your friends and family, is taking a step toward video voicemail. Today, the company introduced Facemail, a way to record and share 15-second snippets of chats to your friends within the app. The company hopes it will extend Houseparty into more facets of its users’ lives by moving away from communication focused strictly on presence to include more traditional, asynchronous messaging.

Facemail, which is rolling out today on Houseparty’s apps for iOS and Android, is designed to let you know you’re thinking of people who aren’t currently in the chat, says Ben Rubin, Houseparty’s CEO. The company found that 40 percent of the time a user went to interact with one of their...

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