Review of the Best Video-Chat Platforms! 



The quarantine has caused all sorts of booms for me the past few months. I have suddenly developed an odd obsession of baking sourdough bread, I tend to bother my two mischievous furballs every chance I get, I call my granny every few hours. You get the picture..I’m crazy. Another thing I am doing pretty obsessively is hopping on for video-chats every chance I get..virtual party? I’m in! Virtual game night? IM FLIPPIN IN M8!!! So I thought I should put together my much-requested opinion on the best video-chat tools our there for all of your needs. 

Zoom: 

Who is it for? 

Built for businesses looking to talk about their quarterly earnings..yawn. 

What is it? 

The most reliable video-conferencing tool for Enterprise/Business use that has been largely adopted by the world for the very same reliability to chat with their family and friends. Recently under hot water for weak privacy settings allowing “zoom bombers” to crash your video-chats.  


Who built it? 

As they say, if you come at the king you best not miss! Right now Zoom is definitely the king of the video-conferencing world and was built by a titan of a CEO: Eric Yuan. Eric has been interested in "video-telephony" since 1987, that's before most millennial's were conceived including myself. Sometime around then he attended a talk by a fellow named Bill Gates and was so inspired that he shipped out to Silicon Valley and starting working on one of the first video-chat applications called WebEx, which went onto be acquired by Cisco. He then pitched Cisco his dream of building a faster, easier and a more robust video-chat tools for businesses and they kindly told him to get lost. So he did and decided to go and build Zoom from a dream to a powerhouse through a humble and build first attitude. Am I an Eric fan-boi? Yes. 



Google Meet

Who is it for?

It’s great for startups to jump on an unproductive video-chat “meeting”.

What is it?

Wait don’t you mean Google Hangout? Uh yeah, sure. It’s an easy chat tool to jump onto for Gmail users. Geared more towards business use-cases but has shifted to be more consumer friendly over the past few months to take bring millenials back to their tool from Zoom.


Who built it? 

Really?



Microsoft Skype

What is it?

It’s the Zune of video-conferencing apps. That’s either a compliment or a shade depending on how you feel about the Zune. 


Who built it? 

From a bunch of Swedish guys who originally built Kazaa (Gen-Z’rs just don’t ask..don’t even google it). Which was then acquired byE-bay..yes E-bay for $2.9 Billion. Cha-ching! Then E-bay flipped it to Microsoft for $8.5 Billion.


Who is it for?

Programmers from eastern European countries hiding their identities, Alibaba vendors, and your relatives living in the past decade. 


Riotz:

What is it? 

A website for group-video chats to throw virtual parties and game-nights. We provide you tools to play highly interactive games like Charades, Werewolf/Mafia, Trivia, and much more. 


Who built it? 

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles teamed up with some of the best engineers in Silicon Valley. Now we make great software, and pizza. Radical dude. 


Who is it for?

Mixtape Weezy, Bill Murray, and for those looking to throw a virtual party, play party games, and generally anyone looking to get lit online. Want to get early access? Sign-up here :)