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10 ways to enjoy chatting online

Updated: May 26

The last fortnight has seen a tentative easing of the lockdown in England, hooray!


As parts of society begin to open up over the coming weeks, communication has never been more important. Here are some of the ways our amazing users have been enjoying HelloHub recently...


1. Coordinating to help vulnerable people


The public response to helping out those in need has been one of the most heartening things about this crisis. Whilst some of us take the first tentative steps out of lockdown, many vulnerable people will remain behind closed doors for the foreseeable future. 


It’s so important they don’t get forgotten about - keep doing what you’re doing people! Check in with your local neighbourhood chat to see who needs help out there. 


2. Connect with your neighbours 


Perhaps you’ve recently spoken to that stranger three doors down for the first time, or got to know next door better sharing a cuppa over the garden fence - why stop now?! 


We all know lockdown is miserable, but an amazing way of bringing a little positivity to our lives right now is to come out of it with new and lasting friendships.


3. Connect to local businesses 


Get on top of your lockdown logistics. What shops down the high street are opening? Do they deliver? What are their new opening times? 


It looks likely that certain businesses will slowly be allowed to open in the coming weeks. Contacting local venues via your neighbourhood chat is a great way of staying informed of these changes and sharing that information with others. 

4. Share your lockdown tips and tricks 


We might now be allowed to meet one person from outside our household, but life remains far from normal. 


Got a great recipe worth talking about? Figured out a bullet proof working from home strategy? Don’t horde that juicy knowledge all to yourself - share the love. 


5. Find others with common interests 


Finding shared interests with others is one of the best ways to bond with new or old companions. Whether it be books, music, art, gardening, film, food or furry friends, our users’ hobbies know no bounds. 


Jump onto your local neighbourhood chat and get niche - whatever you’re into there’ll always be someone else mad keen about the same thing. 


6. Have a lockdown rant 


Just plain sick of queuing up at Sainsbury’s? Can’t join another zoom call without your brain exploding? We hear you. 

Although we all know lockdown is necessary, that doesn’t change the fact it truly sucks. Often the best way to deal with your pent up rage is to let it all out.  


7. Have a lockdown laugh 


Once you’ve exhausted anger, the next stop is laughter. When the chips are down, sometimes all you can do is smile. Luckily, the human spirit is super good at giggling. 


Share whatever crap joke, funny story or embarrassing anecdote that’s in your head. I’m serious, the elevation of all our spirits depends on it.


8. Exercise addicts unite!

If lockdown has been good for one thing, and one thing only, it has been outdoor exercise. Okay the gyms are closed, but who wants to be in an air conditioned box when the sun’s out anyway. 


Running, cycling, walking, online fitness tutorials and more have boomed in recent weeks - all of which amounts to one huge potential watercooler moment, virtually of course. 

Sharing local exercise routes and locations, workout tutorials and advice are great ways to stay positive and connected in the current climate.  


9. Advertise and find jobs


Although we are not a job site as such, HelloHub users have surprised us with their ingenuity by advertising for and responding to requests for odd jobs that need doing in the local community. 


With many formal businesses closed, people are turning to the skills of their neighbours to fulfil basic needs - all on a socially distanced basis of course. 


10. Text based games


There’s a lot of fun to be had with just a simple text based interface - if you use your imagination.


Trivia, category listing and never-ending word association are just some of the ways you can entertain yourself and your friends on your local HelloHub neighbourhood chat. 


As with all of the above, don’t be afraid to get creative via your local neighbourhood chat on HelloHub!





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