I think it could be the most compelling social networking site yet. The basic concept could be SO interesting and compelling if it was around a non-creepy topic. I think right now it is adult (I hope adult anyway) friend finder 2.0. Sort of like “Hot or Not” on steroids. It’s creepy. At times a lot creepy.Take the porn out for a moment and imagine it as a virtual mall or street where you can shop with your friends or meet new ones. Imagine it as an extension of this site where you could discuss rather than type. I have thought for a long time that the built in camera on my mac is way underused. There simply isn’t much to do with it yet. Something like this doesn’t just bring visual to life. For me Facebook is 100% friends that I know. Twitter is 98% people that I don’t know personally. This – down the road – could be what both of those currently lack for me. A place where you actually meet new people.Allow people to opt into a topic – whether it be porn, the weather today, what’s going on tonight, the iPad, or just the entire stream like it is now, and it gets real interesting I think.
We have tackled this “live” shopping and e-commerce experience sans the video. The next steps are to add video. We noticed that in our “public lobby” that a lot of spam chat was created. We plan to add an enhancement that allows shoppers to connect to other shoppers through a feature called “who’s around .” Your products create a profile of who you are and what you’re looking at so you can connect with other shoppers that have similar interests! Great point and yes shopping + ecommerce can and has benefited from this type of open social experience!
I tried to merely access the website at work – apparently Websense classifies it as porn:The ***** ***** ******* Internet Usage policy restricts access to this web page at this time.Reason:The usage category “Adult Content” is filtered.
well there you gobut AVC is blocked by a few web filters as “porn” toomaybe someone used it as such a long time agoi don’t think there’s much porn here now
At one point Websense was blocking you because you were considered a personal/social website/forum. Like something is wrong with that.
I’m not saying chatroulette as it stands isn’t interesting or valuable, just that if you want something with very different dynamics, and long-term value that was clearly not about sex, the above is what I’d build
My first thoughts are: – It’s too random to be long-term useful for anything other than getting off online with a stranger. – A better service would restrict the randomness: like pick someone from your 10K FOAF neighborhood. And it becomes more interesting and valuable.
Then it’s guaranteed that you have something in common and part of the point is to discover what that thing is, and it can’t devolve (evolve) into the least common denominator (sex) because you for sure have a friend in common
Restricting to FOF neighborhood kind of defeats the purpose. Just needs a ratings/feedback system like Ebay. Restrict chats to people who have 10, 100 positive views and you can community moderate the experience.
Instead of moderation, how about selection? I’m thinking self-tagging, public tagging, & the ability to +1/-1 a tag.That way, I could select what cross-section of the userbase I’m interested in interacting with via a combination of tags.