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chat anonymouslyWhen you really think about it, what makes college and university great? It’s not just the education you get. It’s the people you meet and the conversations you have with them. It’s that great melting pot of ideas that comes from having smart people with different fields of expertise sharing the same space and chatting randomly. With all that talent together comes all sorts of great synthesis and innovation. This is how many great business ideas and scientific breakthroughs come about, really. It’s from bouncing your ideas off other smart people who specialise in something you don’t.

So where can we chat anonymously with other students? This is often difficult for people at rural schools or students studying long-distance. HowRandom aims to help you there – it’s essentially text-based ChatRoulette for tertiary students.

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To start using HowRandom, all you need to do is enter your school name. You’re then in the system as an unverified chatter. Of course, this means anyone could be chatting using an unverified account. So, keep that in mind while you’re talking to people.

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To become a verified chatter, you need to enter a valid .edu email address. This does mean alumni who still forward their alumni alias could probably sneak in and be verified. But, since they’re university educated and probably not too far past graduation, it’s not such a bad thing.

Using HowRandom

The first thing you’ll notice when using HowRandom is that it’s very simplistic and anonymous. There’s no pictures, no usernames, and no other fancy stuff. It’s just text, plain and simple. There’s potential for the verified accounts to add a little personal data in the future, but that would optional. You could always stay anonymous if you like.

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The conversation potential is limitless “” some people might use it for business networking, some might want to philosophise, while others might just use it to pick up. It will be random and it might lead to making real friends. You never know.

To move on to the next person, just click next. For instance, if you want to restrict your chats to just verified members, just press next until you’re chatting with someone verified. If you specifically want to talk to someone from a certain school, you could do the same.

Why Would You Use HowRandom?

HowRandom is really just about giving you the option to chat to someone you might not meet in real life. You might want to meet students in other cities or countries or to discuss the bigger problems in life and try to work through answers. It’s really up to you.

Future of HowRandom

I love the idea of HowRandom. The exclusivity of college students means that you’ve got bright, young minds to chat to. It’s got the potential to be very big. My only worry about the service is what happens when young people have anonymous chats and believe they’re safe.

If HowRandom could be linked to other chat services and social networks it would have more staying power in the market. It’s hard to say how long people remember to re-visit sites in order to chat to people. If there were a way of auto-connecting when you logged into Facebook, Twitter or your IM client it might prompt more chatters to remember the service is there.

There’s also no business model or advertising as of yet, so it’s anyone’s guess as to whether this social experiment will stick around for the years to come. Hopefully it will, because it’s an idea worthy of more attention.

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Let us know your thoughts on HowRandom. Do you think text-based is better than video-based for anonymous chats? Do you think it should stay student-only? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Kjajjskj
    January 19, 2011 at 1:50 am

    ^thats rigght a site thats really condenses so much useful info to use better the web is great.

    sad about this only chat thing... world wasnt ready to chat roulette

    • Aibek
      January 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Agree, chatroulette has an awesome concept behind it, the web is just not ready for it yet :-)

      • Angela Alcorn
        January 21, 2011 at 5:52 am

        Maybe this site is one way the world can get ready for ChatRoulette. Or maybe ChatRoulette could copy a few ideas from this site and let you have text-only until you decide you like the person. :)

  2. Megan
    January 19, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Love the site! It's simple and does the job. As usual, you guys got the perfect site! you are AWESOME. Keep up the good work :)

  3. Kjajjskj
    January 19, 2011 at 2:50 am

    ^thats rigght a site thats really condenses so much useful info to use better the web is great.

    sad about this only chat thing... world wasnt ready to chat roulette