The top 10 Chatroulette alternatives

Want to figure out the best chatroulette alternatives on the web to talk with random people? We searched and compiled a list of the best website for you guys to enjoy the best chatroulette experience elsewhere.

Reflap
Reflap is a new website that has proven to be an awesome chatroulette alternative. Like Chatroulette you get to meet random people but Reflap adds filters with which you can select to meet just people from your college or city. Also the people you meet and liked can be added to your contacts. Reflap even gives you the possibility to change the one on one meetings into group video chats. It’s an awesome alternative.

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Omegle
Probably the most famous Chatroulette alternative and a website that came out before Chatroulette, omegle allows you to meet random people on the fly. Also you can decide to use their text based random chat to talk with random strangers by text instead of video chatting. Omegle also has an iOS mobile app to use on the go.

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Airtime
Founded by Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, the brains behind Napster, Airtime came into the scene with a big bang. It’s very sleek looking and allows you to talk to random people based on interests. So if you want to talk about the NBA, you can easily talk to random people who like the NBA too. Airtime has some more neat features like watching youtube videos while you video chat.

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Runfaces
A video chat social network, Runfaces is a website where you can video chat with friends, post video updates and chat with random users. The part where you can video chat with random strangers is sleek and you can also add the people you meet to your contacts.

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Rounds
A facebook chatroulette alternative. Video chat Rounds grew big as a facebook app and it’s random chat part is really good. You’ll be meeting Facebook users so it’s safer from pervs. It also has a mobile app now as well. On Rounds you can also video chat with your facebook friends. If you’re a facebook user, consider Rounds.

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People Roulette
Another facebook chatroulette alternative. It’s lightweight and allows you easily to talk to random people. It’s sleek looking and you won’t have a boring time on People roulette. Like Rounds you can also call your facebook friends from there.

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Jottle
A very underrated alternative. It’s easy to use, sleek looking and an overall great website to use. It doesn’t match with the features of it’s competitors but does a great job to allow you to talk with random people. Also they have safety features included to prevent you from talking to pervs.

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Camzap
It’s been around for long and it is a lightweight alternative to chatroulette. It is almost similar to chatroulette as the website has no login or signup area and as soon as you get on you can press next to meet someone new.

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Hey-people
On of the first websites that allowed you to talk to random people and then add them to a contact list, Hey-people is still going strong today. It has good traffic and the website is easy enough to use to have some fun.

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Bazoocam
A very popular alternative from France, the people you’ll meet here will be mostly European. It’s been around for sometime so there’ll be a healthy traffic on here.

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To read more about chatroulette alternatives, go here.

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Why do we still pay long distance for calls?

The telephone when it came out was a great technology. No longer did we need to write letters and send them and wait for the reply after a couple of weeks. Now we could have communication in real time and connect almost instantly. All you needed to do was pick up the transmitter and call your friend and wait for them to pick up the receiver. It was an awesome technology. However it did come at a cost and in its early days was a very expensive piece of technology. Few people had it so most people still used letters for distant friends.

Your voice was transmitted through cables analogly to the receiver. The further away the person was the more expensive the call was. So long distance calls were very expensive in the early days till the earlier 80s, when analog communication improved and also with the rise of fibre optics and digital communication, companies could connect places much cheaper and on a great scale. Prices of phone calls dropped and long distance and oversee calls become much cheaper.

Today with most calls being transmitted digitally, phone calls are quite cheap to do and long distance calls too. However other technologies have arisen to help people to communicate as well. Mobile networks, the internet and it’s whole host of communication tools like e-mails, im clients, voip networks etc. So why do we still pay for long distance calls at a premium ? Why hasn’t the new age of communication technology taken over long distance calls.

The cell phones we have today mostly come with internet connection possibility so to me it should be more advantageous to me to use the internet to call my friends using video call apps or chat with them over facebook or something.

Despite the host of new options to call people today, some things haven’t changed with phone calls. Calls are not necessarily becoming cheaper. It still cost more to call long distance and most importantly the technology is not improving. This is something that should have decreased in price with improvement in technology and greater need for real time communication. However that hasn’t occurred and doesn’t seem likely.

However it may just be the case that phone calls are never to become close to free but just supplanted by another technology like many others before it. The telegraph never became cheap to do and the telephone nevertheless still took over business of telegraphs.

Phone calls through traditional methods seem destined to be taking over by alternatives means like im chatting in real time, voip calls, video chats etc. However probably the main thing blocking these alternatives technology from taking over the business of traditional phone calls is the availability of internet everywhere even on the road and the fact that the main means of having internet on the road is mostly controlled by major phone companies which now looks like a risk they don’t want to take by leaving their phone business vulnerable.
In any case it shouldn’t be long when internet becomes available on a greater scale on the road and at home with much more bandwidth where the direct cost of paying for a phone call or long distance call goes away for the alternatives means using the internet.

Why video chatting is not yet huge?

You know what I mean, right? This was a technology that was supposed to revolutionize the world. Remember when people first video chatted on old TV shows like Star Trek and it seemed so cool. Now that we have it today its still not huge deal. There is skype and a few other popular apps like oovoo, tiny chat and google+ hangouts but then that’s it. Skype although pretty widely used now is still an alternative to actually calling and im chatting and is not used by the majority of internet users still they have not yet transitioned to video calling.

So the question begs to answer. Why is video chat still not big ? I read an article about someone who said the probably problem with video calling is the effort in it. When you are video calling, you check to look good, adjust your environment and more. Also in places where silence is demanded you can’t video chat with friends because you won’t want to make noise. Also some people find it distracting to be talking to someone and also have to actually pay attention to them.

I do agree with some of these cons put forward. It is true that video chatting won’t be good for everyone as compared to actual typing. However video chatting makes conversations feel real due to being able to actually talk and see the person. It gives more pleasure. So then its time we put forward what video chatting brings to the table. Video calling is much more interactive and more fun than normal typing. With im chatting, you get information passed along but with video chatting you don’t only get information passed across but emotions as well. It gives a great pleasure in communicating. Also its better for sharing because you don’t only share but share and comment about it in real time which makes sharing better and more interactive.
Due to the major players of video chat, there is a very important thing that we are also overlooking with video chatting. Its free! To video call your friend on skype you don’t pay a dime. On google+ hangouts you can talk with a crowd and watch videos in real time.

With Reflap, you can form a whole video chat community or network and either video call them or start video kickbacks. So almost about everywhere, video calling is free. This normally should be a huge threat to mobile carrier dollars. What would be the need to pay a lot, for mobile carrier plans when you can video call and chat with all your friends from video chat apps. Actually not only can you talk to them you can actually see them if you want. That in itself should be the a huge threat and a huge ball in video chat’s hand.

Its understandable that with its slow transition to mobile the following is rising slowly but with more and more video chat apps appearing on app markets, the bandwagon of video chat should leap hugely. It will allow you to talk and video call on the move as opposed to video chatting from your computer and hence give a greater chance to video chatting.

Actually to conclude it, I personally do not just see video chat as something that should be adopted by many more people to make it more mainstream. I think its roots could go much more further. It has the possibility to shake the grounds of Facebook and current social networks. It can do most of what current social networks do in a faster way and in a more interactive manner. Sharing with a video chat network will be faster and allow you to actually talk about them in real time like it would be done in a bar let’s say. Instead of im chatting you would actually talk or video chat. Want to plan an event, you can just do a live event on video chat like on google+. One camera performs while the rest watch and chat with the other viewers about the event they are watching. Imagine watching the Superbowl on a video chat conference with your friends. That seems like real fun.
So that’s why to me even if video chat is still not mainstream, its just a matter of time before it becomes the bandwagon which everyone will be one. Not only is it more fun it has such a huger plethora of tools which it can be used to change they way we network on the internet.

P.S.
I do agree that with every breakthrough, there is an adaptation period for people to adapt to a new technology. Just like texting or im chatting. So with that, it won’t be too long before video chat will have to go mainstream.

The best apps for video calls and chats on desktop and web


This is the most comprehensive list of the best video chat apps. These are apps for making video calls with your friends or family.

1. Skype
The most popular of them all and probably the first video chat app that most of you guys used. Skype has great video quality and and awesome sound so your conversations are great. Their mobile app is awesome as well. with skype you can call phones, start group calls (piad feature) and play games with your friendsIt’s a pity they are still a desktop app and not a web app.

2. Oovoo
A website that launched in 2007 and is getting more and more popular these days especially with teens. It does video calls and free group chats contrary to skype. It’s available on desktop, mobile and web.

3. Google+ hangouts
One of the most popular features of google+, google hangouts are group/personal video calls google+ users can start on the fly. It has great quality and awesome features, like shared views, online collaboration tools. games etc. Google+ is great but it’s a pity that it can only be used by google+ users.

4. Vox.io
New slick video chat website from Slovenia. Vox.io allows you to make cheap calls to phone numbers around the globe as well as video call your vox.io contacts. You can also send text messages to people and they have a great im client. They are available on web and on ios.

5. AV by Aol
The only app on this list you can use without registering, it’s an amazing app. It’s web based so you don’t need to download anything except if you’re browser doesn’t have flash and it’s super easy to use. You go to the website, start a call, get a link and send the link to the person you want to call. They then join the call and you guys can chat. It’s really that simple to use. Also AV chats can host up to 4 people so that’s pretty awesome.

6. Bistri
A newcomer as well. They allow you to video chat with your contacts as well as send files between each other easily. They also give you a link that you can give to friends so that they can send you files and call you. They are available on the web and on ios.

7. Faceflow
An up and coming video chat website. Faceflow is web based and lets you call any of your friends that may not be on faceflow using a call link the give you when you log in. The person you are calling doesn’t need to be a user to answer the call. Also the call quality is quite good. Faceflow also has chatrooms to interact with other faceflow users as well as a feature to meet new people like chatroulette.

8. Runfaces
A pretty slick website, runfaces is more of a video chat social network. The website is centered around sharing your experiences with video and also connecting with friends. Like a twitter for video, it also allows you to add friends that you can video call at anytime.

9. Video Chat Rounds
Probably the best facebook based video chat app, this is an app that is only on facebook. It’s great for video calling with your facebook friends as well as meeting new people. They are also very interactive and have a vibrant community.

10. Vivrer
A new web app, Vivrer is a video chat website that wants to provide an alternative to phone number calling. When you register you create your personal call address which is a permanent link that anyone can call you from like a phone number. Also anyone can call you even if they aren’t a user. Vivrer also allows you to call anyone from the website easily user or not, start group chats on the fly as well as chat and call with your facebook friends. It’s a pretty slick new comer.

So there you have it. A list to satisfy your needs for video chatting. Go use them then.

Why I love Video Chatting

I have read so many articles of people stating why they hate video chatting. It seems as if most of these authors think that video calls are awkward and they never know what to do during the call. People seem to be too self conscious of their image, think that they have to remain concentrated to the person they are call for the whole time of the call etc. Why the fuss on video chatting when it was supposed to be one of our most awaited future tech.

It appears as if people make a bigger deal of video calls than they are supposed to be. Video calls are what TV’s were to radios. Video calls add emotion to calls. When I make a video call with my friend I don’t stare into the eyes of my friend the whole length of the call and I don’t expect them to. We look at each other, he/she shows me something in their room (mostly) then they could later browse on a website while I’ll do the same and we continue conversing.  It just serves to add images to an audio conversation. Nobody expects you to stare into the eyes of someone you are conversing with in real life the whole length of the conversation. That would be creepy.

Phone calls are cool for conversation but video adds more emotion and more feelings and the more video chat the more you see the added emotion you get when you can see the person you are conversing with. If the person is a friend there is no need for awkwardness, you just sit down and talk. Like in the physical world, they don’t necessarily care how you look and you don’t necessarily care how they look too. So why should there be a fuss then ?

Even if the call is with a significant other why would there be awkwardness, aren’t you looking at the person you have feelings for? Seeing the person should be making you more excited like when you see them physically.

Video chats are awesome. Humans have been known to be visually stimulated and video calls add more emotions to conversations, they are the closest to the feeling of actually being with the person you are talking to. People who think video chats are not part of human nature, talk like the people who thought tv’s where a fad or thought nobody wanted PCs in their home.

Video calls are the evolution of synchronous communication online. There have been some people who say that people today prefer asynchronous communication but till the day people stop talking to each other face to face synchronous communication online and offline will still exist. (Also I don’t know about you, but I hating waiting for replies)  Asynchronous communication will from now on be around and coexist with synchronous communication but I dont expect it to dominate synchronous communication any time soon.

Also aren’t any first time conversation awkward. First dates are normally awkward, first calls are as well etc. If people argued that most video chat apps have sub par video quality or lags in the sound, that would be a much more appealing argument. But arguing that video calling is not human nature is ludicrous because humans have constantly defied what people thought weren’t their human nature before.

With bandwidth getting cheaper and increasing and better and better video chat apps, video chat will fulfill its potential.

7 uses of video conferencing

Video conferencing is becoming a bigger part of people’s lives these days. People use video conferencing for meetings, to call their significant ones or to hangout with their friends online. Since there are some people who still may want to figure out what is going on with this video chatting craze we decided to make a list of the best uses for video conferencing. Here we go.

1. Talk with friends and family:

Probably the first main use of video conferencing websites when they came out. Video calling apps are a great tool to talk with your friends and family. People loving staying in contact with their friends, family or significant other and what is a better tool to allow you feel the warmth of your close ones than video conferencing even if you’re 5000 miles away. Using apps you can call them, talk with them and see them as if you guys were all hanging out together. Also long distance relationships have become much easier to bear and maintain because of video conferencing.

2. Interact with a community

Ever joined a forum and had a great conversation with a member and wanted to get to know them more, right then. Or have you ever felt like hanging out with a community you followed. Well luckily for us video chatting has since made that much easier, with apps like google+ hangouts and tiny chat you could just hangout with a community you like online for hours as if you guys were together.

3. For meetings

Remember the movie Up in the Air where George Clooney travelled from city to city just to fire people. I have to admit, I like the travelling but today companies don’t need to pay these costs when through video conferencing you can get meetings done with people from anywhere in the globe. Be it shareholders, advisors, the board, colleagues etc all you need to do is pop a camera and connect with the rest of the meeting and talk. That much easier and that much more convenient.

4. Online learning
A lot of things have been disrupted by the internet and while the internet has been a good companion for school, online schools could soon chip away at physical schools. People can now stay at home and take classes online and join video conferences of their classroom to be able to have a discussion. As simple as you can learn with others online through video chatting, you can also teach a bunch of people through video chats.

5. Host an event
Wanted to watch a show of your favorite singer performing in town? Well before you used to have to buy concert tickets to the show and drive there to watch it. That still happens today but today they are other options to watch shows like online through video streams. You can watch games, movies, shows etc with your friends online and reap the same pleasure from being behind your computer as if you were at the game.

6. Interact with following
Video conferencing makes it much easier for celebrities to communicate with their fans. Using ustream, livestream and google+ hangouts, celebrities have hanged out with their fans on numerous occasions. Whether it’s to show their fans around their house or to communicate to their fans about important updates, video has made that easily possible. You too can use it to host an event. You could be in a band and broadcast a concert from your garage to a stream of millions of fans. Maybe that would be the way concerts are held in the future.

7.Saves money on travel
Hey, how is this not an important use of video conferencing. Now that you have apps like skype, viber, oovoo etc, you don’t need to actually go to your parents’ place every other weekend. You could just pop on skype and talk to them for hours like you guys were at home together. That saves money on travelling. Same goes with meetings. Why buy plane tickets to fly to the meeting why you could catch it up on your laptop and participate on it from your laptop.

So there guys, there you have it. 7 reasons to use video conferencing.