Epic is in the House

Today is a big day for us at Houseparty because we’re joining the Epic Games family!

Houseparty is the synchronous social platform that lets you connect face-to-face with the people you care about most. By teaming up with Epic, creator of Fortnite and Unreal Engine, we’ll be able to help even more people connect with their friends, family, and peers.

“Joining Epic is a great step forward in achieving our mission of bringing empathy to online communication,” said Sima Sistani, Co-founder and CEO of Houseparty. …

Eric Krash, Head of People at Houseparty

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  1. Tune your compressor

Guitarist, realizing the overdrive’s way louder than the clean channel: “Let’s just compress it later.”

Compression is one of a producer’s most important tools, reducing dynamic range so that nothing’s too loud or too quiet. Without enough compression, parts of a song poke too far out of a mix and make for an uncomfortable listening experience. On the other hand, an over-compressed mix feels flat and fatiguing.

It’s a similar balancing act at work. An over-compressed company suffers culturally, as its idiosyncrasies are aggressively squashed to create…

The party gets more fun with The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Heads Up! is everyone’s favorite IRL party game — top 5 in app charts for the past 5 years! It’s fun, social, and can only be played together. To extend the fun of the Heads Up!, The Ellen Degeneres Show naturally partnered with Houseparty to bring the IRL experience online.

Houseparty brings people together, no matter where they are. We’re the face-to-face social network bringing friends together for live video hangouts. Now, with the Heads Up! …

Be you, be there, be together

Houseparty here! Didn’t recognize us?! That’s because we’ve got a fresh look. We think it fits us just right.

Since launch, we’ve advocated for face-to-face communication because it’s the closest thing to hanging out in person. In-the-moment expressions and dialogue are what make us human and require mutual involvement. Sure, that’s not as easy as a like, follow, or comment. But, human connection is critical and worth the effort.

Who we are

We’re built around real friends who provide value to each other, not us. We are a face-to-face social network, rather than social media. What’s with the nuance? Well…

Ever want to capture a moment and share it with friends? Now you can!

We’re thrilled to introduce Facemail. The first and only way to share highlights from group video chats! Think of it as video “voicemail” that you can share with everyone who couldn’t be there.

You’ve got Facemail!

Our users average 55 minutes a day chatting in the app. All together, that totals over 18.8 billion minutes spent video chatting since launch. Facemail lets users share their favorite Houseparty moments with friends inside or outside of the app.

We are committed to driving real conversations with your real friends online. We hope you take some time out of your day to send love…with your face! ❤

Save your favorite moments.

Download Houseparty for free in Apple App Store and Android Play Store.

Ted Hahn, DevOps at Houseparty


Here at Houseparty, we use AWS ALBs for Load Balancing, SSL Fronting, and more. We find them to be an effective and reliable tool to manage our traffic and do service routing. What we did not find them effective for was doing health checking. Bad Health Checking causes users to experience HTTP 500s when they shouldn’t — Sometimes we know that backends are unhealthy, particularly around scaling events.

A primer on how Health Checking works

Health Checking is the process of making requests to your service or backend to assure that it is still up. This can help with problem detection…

Gustavo García, Video Engineer at Houseparty

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Roberto Pérez, Mobile Expert and Engineer at TokBox

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Computer vision is one of the most popular use cases to explore when it comes to machine learning (ML) in real time communications (RTC). However, apart from using face detection for identification, tracking, and enhancing, we haven’t seen many real-world examples of ML algorithms applied to RTC yet. Fortunately, two weeks ago, Houseparty CEO Ben Rubin was pondering about smile detection, giving us a tangible use case to explore.

Almost simultaneously, Google announced their new cross-platform mobile SDK for machine…

Sara Garner, Software Engineer at Houseparty

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Video technology is at our product’s core. We leverage WebRTC, an open source technology, to delight Houseparty users who spend 51 minutes chatting in the app, on average, daily. The good news is that WebRTC has made it possible for anyone to build video technology, no matter how big or small the project.

This post is for people intrigued by, but unsure of the resources available for building their own video technology applications.

In this post, the first of our two-part intro to WebRTC, we’ll introduce the technology, explain how…

Introducing Group Video Chat for Your Desktop

As we’re nearing one billion video chats, we’re excited to launch Houseparty for Mac today. The Mac App is our next step towards helping friends spend time together (not with each other’s profiles) online. Just like Houseparty’s mobile app, the Mac app allows you to be “in a room” with eight people at once without calling them, scheduling a meeting, or sending out video conferencing links that never seem to work (don’t forget: you can have infinite rooms that you can swipe in between on mobile or tap between on Mac). …

Conventional wisdom says all these screens under our noses take time away from meaningful, face-to-face relationships. But what if the Internet actually served as a conduit to community? What if you were able not only to hear and see, but to be with people three time zones or thousands of miles away?

We’d all love to see our friends and family everyday, but space and time — and even just coordinating busy schedules — often gets in the way. …


Face-to-face social network

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