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chatroulette alternativeAlmost everyone these days owns a webcam. Skype has killed long distance phone calls and Chatroulette has been a breakthrough for web-based video chats. The idea of Chatroulette is to match random strangers for a one on one video chat. It’s a dream come true for exhibitionists and people with too much time on their hands, if they know what they are getting into How To Protect Yourself When Doing the Chatroulette Shuffle How To Protect Yourself When Doing the Chatroulette Shuffle Read More .

If you’re bored and tired with Chatroulette or if the site happens to be down, you should check out some of its alternatives. The video chat services I will introduce here however, are not deserted Chatroulette clones. They all offer something unique and are backed up by a community, which has made them attractive destinations for Chatroulette refugees.

Rounds

Rounds is a Facebook application and a hybrid of the social network and Chatroulette. You can video chat with friends on Facebook who also use Rounds, meet new people, and make new friends. To participate in a ‘random Round’ you must have at least 100 friends on Facebook. This and the fact that chatting on Rounds is not anonymous, considerably reduces the amount of NSFW content seen on Chatroulette.

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As an active user of Rounds you collect coins, for example for taking and publishing snapshots, publishing your round link, or inviting friends. You can spend your coins on gifts, effects, skins, games, and other activities. The point is to have fun and interactive chats with your friends.

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Stickam

Much like Rounds, Stickam is a social network built around video chat, only that it is independent of Facebook and really focuses on the video chat aspect. While many of the Chatroulette alternatives appear to be deserted, Stickam is buzzing despite or maybe because of the login requirement. It’s a lively community with a lot to discover, for example live musicians, live radio, and shuffle games.

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When you join the Stickam Shuffle, you are gently reminded that Stickam has a zero tolerance policy regarding obscenity and nudity. This makes it a fun and safe place to meet people and chat and the boys have a much better chance of meeting a girl than on Chatroulette.

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TinyChat

On TinyChat you can easily create your own chatroom, but you can also browse and join dozens of existing chatrooms.

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The live directory shows a preview image of the person that established the chatroom and you can see how many people are broadcasting and viewing the room. However, you don’t know what you’re getting into until you join.

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You can connect with MySpace, Twitter, or Facebook, or simply type a nickname. In other words, you don’t have to sign up to join a chatroom. To share your webcam, click the Start Broadcasting button in the top left of the chatroom page.

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TinyChat was also featured in this article: 5 Apps That Let You Video Chat On Facebook 5 Apps That Let You Video Chat With Facebook Friends 5 Apps That Let You Video Chat With Facebook Friends Read More .

Conclusion

Chatroulette remains the non plus ultra of anonymous one on one chat shuffling. None of its contenders has a big following and thus cannot compete. However, there are a few services that engage users with unique features and a fun community. The alternative video chat sites not only let you meet random strangers, but you can also connect with people and make friends.

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What is your favorite instant messenger or online chat room? Do you video chat a lot?

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  1. Rajiv Bakulesh Shah
    June 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Hi, Tina!

    Thanks for writing the insightful article!  I'd heard of Stickam before, but I hadn't heard of Rounds or TinyChat before reading your article.  I probably won't get bored for at least several weeks, clicking through these sites.  :-)

    Raj

  2. Rajiv Bakulesh Shah
    June 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Hi, guys.

    I love Omegle and Chatroulette.  However, I wanted to
    be able to access those sites using my favorite chat software (iChat and
    Gmail), or through my mobile phone.  So I made my own random chat app -
    Social Butterfly.

    Social Butterfly works over Google Talk (if
    you have Gmail, you already have Google Talk).  So you can use it with
    your favorite IM client, even on your mobile phone.

    Try it out here:

    http://social-butterfly.appspot.com/

    I'd love to know what you think!

    • Tina
      June 2, 2011 at 6:14 am

      Thanks for sharing, looks like a fun chat tool!

  3. Slpgdragon
    May 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I happen to prefer using OovoO ... they are kind of new but allow more than one person in a private video chat with paid membership , but a one on one video chat is free...might want to check this one out http://www.oovoo.com/home.aspx

    • Tina
      May 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

  4. YAHBOX.COM
    May 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    the best site like chatroulette is for sure: http://WWW.YAHBOX.COM 
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  5. connectionfailure
    March 29, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Camfrog http://camfrog.com/ seems to still be around as well. Also there's WooMe http://www.woome.com/ but that seems more geared up to be a video-enabled dating site. Correct me if I'm wrong.

  6. Anonymous
    March 29, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Camfrog http://camfrog.com/ seems to still be around as well. Also there's WooMe http://www.woome.com/ but that seems more geared up to be a video-enabled dating site. Correct me if I'm wrong.

  7. OMG Eureka
    March 27, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Has anyone used Socialeyes.. it's a new startup with cool options. http://omgeureka.blogspot.com/...

  8. OMG Eureka
    March 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Has anyone used Socialeyes.. it's a new startup with cool options. http://omgeureka.blogspot.com/2011/03/video-chat-with-your-facebook-friends.html

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