In this time of necessary isolation we are all wondering if it’s possible to carry on the kind of rewarding social lives we had before COVID-19. Yes, we should pick up the phone and call a friend, or have a go at the face time app on our tablets, but many are suddenly being introduced to Zoom, an application that makes it quite easy to gather a number of people together (virtually). Zoom allows for one person to invite multiple friends to all meet at a certain time. Typically the invitation is by email or text (not on social media for security reasons).

So many people are trying Zoom in the days of COVID-19 that the company has had to deal with change in a faster pace than it expected (as have we all). This is from the Eric S. Yuan at Zoom headquarters:

Usage of Zoom has ballooned overnight – far surpassing what we expected when we first announced our desire to help in late February. This includes over 90,000 schools across 20 countries that have taken us up on our offer to help children continue their education remotely. To put this growth in context, as of the end of December last year, the maximum number of daily meeting participants, both free and paid, conducted on Zoom was approximately 10 million. In March this year, we reached more than 200 million daily meeting participants, both free and paid. We have been working around the clock to ensure that all of our users – new and old, large and small – can stay in touch and operational.

Every suite in the building has unlimited high-speed internet now. This is an open challenge to residents of Islington 2000: If you have tried Zoom with family or friends, make an effort to learn how to set up a zoom invitation. Once we have a critical mass of zoomers we can use it to bring together some of the groups that used to meet at our Recreation Centre.

Crafters, share your work. Book readers, talk about what you’re reading. Lunch bunch, bring a sandwich. Bistro patrons, pour a coffee (or a quarantini) and share a good joke. Each one teach one! Stay home everyone! Stay well!