There are many great options for tools for online group meetings, small group hangouts, or a virtual coffee chat. During this time of quarantine, we want you to be intentional about social distancing but to continue to be in community with each other. Think about how you can create an online community using one of these tools.
If you don't already have one you're comfortable with, here are some excellent choices. All allow multiple users, no downloads needed, and only the host needs to have an account.
Ideal for casual or smaller groups
Google Hangouts is free, easy to use, very good for discussions with peers and friends. Good up to 10 participants.
Ideal for small or large groups, training or education
Free for meetings up to 40 minutes, very user-friendly, good presentation tools, can handle a large number of participants.
Other Social Media
There are many other ways to connect virtually using social media. Apps like Facebook Messenger, Instagram and others offer video messaging or recorded messages for "face-to-face" interaction which are useful for 1-on-1 connecting. There are other apps and tools such as Marco Polo, Google Duo, Skype, and WhatsApp.