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Here’s how to have fun with Thanksgiving from the web

Zoom Thanksgiving
Graphic by Amanda Bollig.

Many families find themselves separated from each other during this ongoing pandemic. Some families will meet in-person and attempt to follow social distancing practices. Others may plan to adjust by using Zoom as a way of connecting with their loved ones.  

Fortunately, Zoom has decided to aid these families by removing the 40-minute meeting limit for free to anyone who uses it on Thanksgiving. 

There are plenty of other apps that offer calling options as well. Instagram and Facebook Messenger have group chats and video calls. Discord (although used mainly for videogames) lets users create servers and channels to text and call. 

There is also an application called House Party, owned by Epic Games, which allows people to video-chat with eight people per room. Participants can talk, text in the chat or even play games with other people within the app. These games include Trivia, Quick Draw and many more socially-interactive experiences for people of all ages. It is available on Google Play, the App Store and Google Chrome. 

If these options aren’t of interest, no problem! You could also play ‘Among Us’, a videogame made by developer InnerSloth offered for free on the App Store and Google Play respectively (or $4.99 on Steam).  

In ‘Among Us’, the goal is to either find the imposter as the crewmate, or to eliminate all the crewmates as the imposters. Each match will consist of two imposters and six crewmates. This game is fun for those wanting to have a good laugh with their family.  

If movies are more your style, the Google Chrome extension Teleparty allows users to watch movies and tv shows across multiple accounts on Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus and HBO. 

Image courtesy of Amanda Bollig

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