I’m fully aware of how to use web video…The exciting part is the “roulette” and if I were playing roulette with friends of friends (a.k.a. people I don’t know), then that’s where the entertainment lies.I don’t want to stumble upon some guy beating off on ChatRoulette, but I may enjoy randomly meeting some friends of friends randomly/anonymously via a ‘chat roulette’ feature on my social net.
The idea is great as is the execution
Understand.Wasn’t implying of course that you were not in the know;)Just that on Facebook at least ( a platform I know pretty well) there are apps that are free, easy and work within the friending structure of the platform.
via facebook, i’m directly connected to way more people than i need to talk to, and one degree of separation away from a TON of people. friends of friends is a large enough category i think.
i can’t, won’t, and don’t dictate to my kids what they do and where they hang out online. however, all of them have told me they find it a bit creepy. but does it have to be creepy? could it evolve into something more mainstream
Your kids are old enough and more importantly responsible enough to handle that freedom…. All for it. Just think it’ll be elements taken to niches that make it work on a business level.Sent from my Millennium Falcon
It’s so true. There was a fellow I mentioned on my old blog who was hitting things out of the park in 2007, so it was interesting to read his investing blog. Then one of his biggest picks went bankrupt, and everything went against his picks in 2008, and suddenly I was more interested in looking at his blog. But that’s when he stopped blogging about his investing (all of a sudden he decided he wasn’t deriving any value from the excercise).Probably a lot of bloggers stopped blogging about their investments in 2008 – just when it would have been most interesting to read them, from a schadenfreude perspective.
True. And sometimes you get the satisfaction of sticking with something and seeing it (and blogging about it) come back big time. I’ve been lucky enough to have that happen on a couple of occasions.
I was thinking that too
That is the best way to be. tree, kitesurf around Cape Town on my own at 14, and leave University to work on my small business. My Dad has always let me be me.
It could easily turn into the old ‘site of the day’ or ‘show me something cool’ or ‘I feel lukcy’ buttons the search engines used to tout…but for people instead of web pages.It also seems like a nice little sales person tool…if there was a way to limit the pool of people it would randomly choose from, you could put a tickler file in, and let it pick who you call/connect with each day…Lots of interesting directions it could go I guess…
Adding some kind of selector to pick the group of people you might connect with. That assumes people would be honest with their intentions though.
Right, that’s my thought too. If you believe, as I do (and as the Cluetrain wisely put forth years ago), that the internet is simply a logical progression of people’s most deep desire to communicate with one another (it’s why we learn to speak as children, why we develop empathy as adults, etc.) this – chatroulette – is sort of the apotheosis of this impulse.The implication – imho – is that w/ a bit of thought, this technology becomes applicable to more mainstream applications. it obviates the unnecessary complexities/friction/transaction costs (as an aside: Fred, when will you do a Monday MBA post on “opportunity cost?”) of sign ons, log ins, etc. associated with the traditional “social network” model and gets right to why social networks exist – connection.Imagine that when one goes to a favorite site they can log on to a site specific version of chatroulette, and quickly connect w/ others who are also on this site, and who thus share some commonality of interest (yes, there will be issues w/ trolls, etc). For these sites it means more traffic, less bounce rate, longer time on site, trusted sources referring others to elements of the site, etc., all without the trappings of traditional social networks.Yes, there will be issues, and, yes, the “internet” will race to the bottom to a certain degree, but this is a logical extension of what the internet’s most profound purpose is (connection), and it IS where the internet is headed – unquestionably.