Social Communication Merry-go-round with 6rounds

It may be for work, business or education; it is now very common for people to stay away from their home for extended periods of time. If you are one such person, where will you meet and mingle with your friends or family? On an instant messenger platform like Yahoo or web conferencing services like Webex? If your answer is the former, you need to come to terms with web 2.0 and if the answer is latter, you have way too much money in your hands.

Now, if only there was an app that can handle voice, video & IM chat, sprinkled with a tinge of entertainment and games! Well, there is one and it goes by the name 6rounds. So how good is it? We’ll find out after the jump.

Overview

Regular Web.AppStorm readers will know 6rounds from our earlier roundup of 8 Apps to Chat with Random Strangers. 6rounds is a flash-based live meeting and social entertainment platform with a beautiful & thoughtfully designed user interface.

6rounds is a full blown communication and collaboration platform (yes, you can still meet crazy strangers if you really want or need) that leverages the power of video & audio. With a combination of webcam chats, interactive YouTube watching sessions and real-time games, 6rounds successfully jars geographical boundaries to the maximum possible extent, bringing people closer.

Signing up at 6rounds is extremely simple, you can fill a tiny form or can choose to login right away with your existing Facebook, MySpace, Gmail, Yahoo, Windows Live, AOL and HotorNot (Nah!) accounts. To my relief, there is no post login sign up like some web apps do these days. All the features of 6rounds are free to use.

Overview

Overview

Video Chat

You can initiate a video chat by inviting friends. 6rounds, as of now, supports one on one video chats and we’ve learned that many to one chat support is under development. After initiating a video chat, the microphone & webcam were detected with minimal to non-existent hassles.

Video Chat

Video Chat

To spice up the chat sessions, you can add effects to your chat window. This feature is particularly hilarious and does not exist in almost all of its competitors, including chatroulette.

Video Chat Effects

Video Chat Effects

On the entertainment front, you and your friend can watch a YouTube video together, all the while making fun of the singing fat lady.

YouTube Watching Session

YouTube Watching Session

If you are high on adrenalin, you can duel with your friend from a selection of games - from Chess to Truth or Dare (except for the absence of a girl to kiss, I found this game to be pretty realistic & well designed). The “Infected Qwertys” shooting game pictured below is absolutely wild west material.

Infected Qwertys

Infected Qwertys

Google Wave App

6rounds boasts of being one of the first among the six featured Google Wave extensions and is the only video chat extension thus far. Good for those still using Google Wave. Now, with such a great web app, 6rounds should have been featured on the Facebook platform instead of having the app under development for a launch later this year. Chop, chop 6rounds.

Wave App

Wave App

Developer API

In the midst of Google I/O – an influential web developer conference focused towards an Open Web – 6rounds has announced the launch of its very own developer API. With the API, developers can incorporate a lot of 6rounds goodies into their own applications. Developers can allow users to watch videos, perform chats, sync users’ events and mouse movements, customize the user backgrounds and webcam effects. To top it all, they can also add the virtual gift system without making the users to leave the application.

Final Thoughts

6rounds is an app that fills the holes that exist in a lot of competing communication platforms. Despite the lack of “many to one” video chats and the presence of some cheesy overlay effects, 6rounds ensures personal and intimate communication between people at remote destinations.

I hope 6rounds doesn’t get jealous or blindsided with all the attention a certain competitor is receiving, which excels in facilitating people in flashing their private parts. They should understand the difference between a bubble and a platform. If they get it, the 9/10 rating we award today has a pretty good chance of turning to be a wholesome 10 in the future.


Summary

6rounds is a free web cam chat and video chatting arena tailored specifically to meeting online as well as for teen chat and friends chat as well.

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