Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sites Like Chatroulette

It wasn’t too long ago that the internet was abuzz with stories about random chatting. TV, radio, and newspapers constantly reported on this newest social toy. And all the attention inspired others to create sites like Chatroulette.

Since then, many random chat sites have come and gone. But several sites continue to be the leaders in one-on-one video broadcasting.

First, has made numerous improvements to their site since first opening their doors. Initially, the site attracted society’s craziest and most mischievous. But since then Chatroulette has cleaned things up a lot. Their safe mode option is no longer valid. And from the looks of it, these efforts have succeeded in removing all the unsavory characters. Well… at least the unclothed ones. continues to be a popular site like Chatroulette, but it resembles Chatroulette when it first became notorious. Usually, you can find more than twenty thousand participants on the site. also continues to enjoy a successful following. They have a lot of users from Morocco and Turkey. Unlike Chatroulette and Omegle though, there are few women on this site.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Chatroulette Deletes Safe Mode

Chatroulette is always evolving. And recently the site has made a major change to the type of service that they offer.

Chatroulette has made significant attempts to deter certain users from showing up in their main chatting area. First, they applied an algorithm to their site that removed users violating their video chat policies.

Next, in an attempt to appease these users, they created a section dedicated to these special needs "chatters." This section was accessible through the safe mode options. With the new algorithm and the separate channel, most of the violations disappeared.

But Chatroulette recently updated the safe mode policy. It's been removed completely as an option. Now a pop-up window informs all participants of its site's new rules and policies.

It's an interesting change, and maybe the managements' decision is reflective of Chatroulette's new direction. Does this decision pave the way for a new Facebook app? Since Chatroulette abandoned their Facebook page, it's probably not likely, but there's always a chance.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Best Mobile Chat Apps ...So Far

As companies scramble to meet the demands of video mobile chatting, more options are gradually becoming available. That’s the goodish news.

The bad news is that mobile chatting has not yet proved to be very lucrative for some types of chatting, and the rush to produce outstanding apps has not materialized. But don’t despair. Whether you’re an Android or Apple user, there are some existing chatting apps that provide great features.

Video chatting takes several forms. The two most common video chatting services are random chatting and social chatting.

Random chatting, which has proved to be very unprofitable, hasn’t seen much improvement since the introduction of this chatting genre. Omegle is the notable exception and they’ve created an Android app to access their site via mobile devices.

Social chatting on the other hand is big business. And apps related to social services have garnered the attention of savvy entrepreneurs, so there’s plenty of research and development devoted to this category. Here are some of the top contenders in the social video chatting field:

Saturday, July 7, 2012

You’ll Love Chatting on ooVoo

Although the web has seen a recent proliferation of chatting sites, many of these sites lack a private platform to communicate with multiple family and friends. The other notable feature missing from video communication platforms is a mobile chatting option.

ooVoo is fairly new to the chatting arena, but they offer some great features that make their software appealing.

ooVoo is similar to Skype and They offer high resolution video chat communications to registered members. Up to six users can communicate at once using the software. An additional six users can participate via phone. This makes a great feature for chatting with family, friends, and business associates.

But what separates ooVoo from the competition is, plain and simple, its new mobile chat software. The platform allows for free video chatting and an integrated instant messaging option. Again this mobile software allows for multiple user video chatting. Its versatile software earned it a 2011 “Best of the Year” award by PC Magazine.


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