Teenagers have been over Facebook for years. They've migrated to Snapchat and Instagram, and about 20 million of them have headed over to Houseparty. It's a live video app where people drop in on each other to chat or leave video messages and hang out, with up to eight people at a time. The name Houseparty sounds like kids maybe doing we-don't-even-want-to-know-what on live video, but co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Sima Sistani told Molly Wood she wants Houseparty to be used for real personal connections and empathy. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.
Sima Sistani: You friend a group of people ahead of time, and when you open the app, it actually notifies them that you're there and you're ready to have a conversation. And so it sort of takes the emotional hurdles out of actually video chatting with somebody.