The NPE Team from Facebook is now launching CatchUp, an app that helps you stay in touch with the people you care about by showing when your friends and family are available to talk.
Keeping in touch with friends and family is important, especially during this time of physical distancing. Messaging and video calling are great ways to send a quick update or connect with someone face-to-face, but speaking to someone over the phone offers a unique balance of both convenience and personal connection. Based on our studies, we found that one of the main reasons people don’t call friends and family more frequently is that they don’t know when they are available to talk or are worried they may reach them at an inconvenient time. CatchUp addresses this problem, and even makes group calling as easy as one tap.
Showing you who’s available to talk
In CatchUp, you can indicate that you are available to talk and call close friends and family members who are also available in the app.
Making group calls easy to create and join
With one tap, CatchUp makes it simple to coordinate or join a group call so you can catch up with multiple people at once.
We’re testing CatchUp in the United States for a limited time on iOS and Android. NPE apps are experimental, subject to change (see more about NPE’s approach here), and adhere to Facebook’s Terms of Service, Data Policy, and NPE Team Supplemental Terms. We hope you like CatchUp as much as we do!