Friday, 14 January 2011

Chatroulette Alternatives: The Lowdown




Firstly, Chatroulette in a nutshell: naked men in multi-coloured bras, tiger costumes and freaky masks, lonely dudes with todgers in hand and horny schoolgirls hiding from their mothers, these are just some of the wacky types you are likely to encounter via webcam on Chatroulette!

Since its launch in 2009 by 17-year-old Russian whiz-kid, Andrey Ternovskiy, Chatroulette was an instant success, attracting celeb users like Kelly Osborne, Nicole Ritchie and Paris Hilton (well, we all know Paris' appetite for online videos).

Chatroulette has been referred to as the bastard child of Skype and StumbleUpon. It basically combines the communication accessibility of Skype with a webcam. A scene from the 'The Deer Hunter' film of 1978 inspired the name.

Users simply sign on, link in their webcam and they have access to thousands of would be screen stars surfing the net from their home computers and broadcasting all sorts of bedroom madness from quirky theatrical shows to pornographic podcasts.

What Goes Up Must Come Down!

Unfortunately for Chatroulette, after its launch to great media fanfare, traffic has dropped by over 55 percent, funding offers are down to a trickle and the site is being written off as a passing fancy. Against this backdrop, it's little wonder that its perceived demise has paved way for scores of Chatroulette alternatives.

There is no doubt Ternovskiy showed impeccable entrepreneurial flair for someone his age by launching the site, but his lack of experience showed in the absence of censorship or policing tools on the site.

Although initially it was the weird and wonderful users that Chatroulette attracted, which made it so unique & attractive, it has become a cesspool for racists slanderers and other groups of generally unwholesome folk bent on airing their angry ideologies, creepy sexual orientations and such like.

Moving On ...

The fact is life in the Internet fast lane moves at cyber speed. Chatroulette may have only been launched in 2009, but it is already old school. Today, many Chatroulette alternatives are available.

Here we give you a quick insight into some of the most popular Chatroulette alternatives.

Meet the Chatroulette alternatives ...

Stickam

First on the list of Chatroulette alternatives is Stickam, which was set up in 2007. Stickam is a social networking site where users can submit pictures, audio clips, video clips and make use of a live webcam service too. Not only is it possible to chat with other users live on this site but it’s also possible to stream webcam feeds into other sites. Stickam does have a strict policy regarding the age of users -- it does not allow users under the age of fourteen.

WebChatFan

WebChatFan is a Chatroulette alternative that is very similar to the original but has a cleaner design. It describes itself as a ‘video chat game’ that allows random people from all over the world to chat via webcam.

PalTalk

With more than four million users and four thousand chat rooms, PalTalk is not only one of the largest Chatroulette alternative, it is a video chat megastar in its own right.

JabberCam

JabberCam is another Chatroulette alternative that is very similar to the original in its concept. It focuses on live webcam chats, but adds some features such as blurring the screen to encourage users to wait a few seconds before hitting next and moving on to next chatter.

camStumble

As the name suggests, camStumble is a Chatroulette alternative offering strangers who stumble upon each other the chance to, well, you guessed it, chat via webcam. This site does require users to sign up for membership.

ShufflePeople

ShufflePeople is a video webcam site with a fun feel to it. It links random people via text, video and voice chat. Users must be over 18 and the site does ask users to ‘keep it clean’ or risk being reported.

FlipChat

Open FlipChat and it immediately invites new users to ‘meet a complete stranger!’ Flashing images show that this site is particularly popular for young users.

SpinTheCam

SpinTheCam is the Chatroulette alternative with the funkiest name (remember Spin The Can, anyone?) And the site’s appearance stays true to its zany moniker. Brightly coloured with lots of whizzing images, SpinTheCam definitely catches the attention. Expect to find lots of girls in their underwear lurking here.

VideoEncounter

As its name suggests, VideoEncounter is a more serious Chatroulette alternative, serious in every way! VideoEncounter states clearly on its home page that the site attracts the best of the weird and wonderful and the sexual. This is an adults only site.

MyChanceRomance

MyChanceRomance is the Chatroulette alternative that combines online dating and webcam chat. As with other webcam sites, it is possible to flick from user to user until an attractive face pops up -- the goal here being: to find romance.

Chatfe

This site attracts users based on common interests. Chatfe links like-minded people who want to share info on music, politics, travelling, philosophy, religion, entertainment gossip and movies. This site does require users to sign up for membership.

Omegle

Omegle is another site that gives users the chance to link up via text or webcam. As users are introduced to each other randomly, the links are anonymous, but users can trade whatever info they choose. This site is free to use.

Zupyo

Zupyo is plain in its appearance compared with other Chatroulette alternatives. It allows users to link by searching for keywords. For example, if a user puts in the keyword 'New York', the site will link that user to others who put in the same keyword.

AnoChat

AnoChat has the look and feel of a social networking site. It's possible to chat with random people, to link up with friends or invite friends. The site does require membership and at the moment has just over 7,000 users.

ChatTino

ChatTino exclusively caters for a German audience.

ChatRide

ChatRide has a unique feature that allows users to target others directly on other web sites.

ChatHopper

ChatHopper is the Chatroulette alternative that encourages users to express themselves. Flirting is a big feature of the site.

Bazoocam

Apparently popular with French speaking users, Bazoocam is localized in six languages: French, English, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese.

And that's it. A list of the top Chatroulette alternatives online today.

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13 comments:

Paul said...

Great post.

the brinkman said...

cheers paul. thanks too.........

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