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Saturday, February 20, 2021

I’ll give the creators of Chatroulette credit for a unique concept in webcam-based chatting: Displaying your chat window side-by-side with some random stranger’s, then letting either of you hit the F9 button to bail and dial up another, more suitable random-chatter.

In practice, though, the concept hits cold reality. I’ve given the site a couple of spins, with webcam audio/visual on and off, and the results are pretty consistent: Rapid-fire F9ing by both me and the chat-other, resulting in a lot of spinning and little-to-no actual chatting. Like any other chatzone, there’s far too many guys, and far too much lewdness (now in grainy video!), to make real live communication with someone realistic. It’s definitely more game than social hub, but a pretty limited one at that.

It is safer than the more famous form of roulette associated with Russia. Although after having a half-dozen or more cam-strokers cue up on the Chatroulette screens, don’t think I wasn’t tempted to pick up the nearest pistol and start spinning the chamber…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/20/2010 06:09 PM
Category: Creative, Internet
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If tweeting your every waking thought and action just isn’t enough, Blippy is here to let you add your credit-card purchases to your online lifestream:

It might sound like ridiculous oversharing, but Blippy is serious. While there already are plenty of Web sites focused on what people are purchasing, the site’s founders think it offers a new way to learn about deals and new products. And knowing your spending habits are being transmitted to a flock of friends might make you think twice before spending $500 on a pair of designer shoes.

So the benefit for users is less to brag on what you just bought, than to instill preemptive shame for a potential impulse purchase. That’s a tough sell for Blippy when it comes to recruiting business partners, who otherwise might like the possibilities of peer recommendations/influences on purchases.

Although I wonder just how many people are serious about “sharing” their status-updated transactions. Glancing over at the Blippy-stream for the past hour, the most prevalent posting goes like this:

“[Blippy User] spent $0 at iTunes”

In other words, folks don’t mind disclosing all the free apps they “purchase” with their iPhones, since it’s all free. But when it comes to laying down real e-money? Apparently, that’s still too close to the vest to just webcast willy-nilly. Societal attitudes don’t seem to be in sync with this level of Web transparency (yet).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/20/2010 05:14 PM
Category: Business, Social Media Online, Society
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