8 Apps to Chat with Random Strangers

In the 21st century, an online service has the potential to garner hundreds of thousands of hits if it is social networking enabled. Networking is the key. Now after a decade of connecting with real world friends online, people suddenly have the desire to befriend strangers. Let us not get into the argument as to what good can come out of such an idea.

There are quite a few online chat services that help people to connect with random strangers irrespective of their geographic location and we’ve rounded up some of the best.

Chatroulette

Chat Roulette

Chat Roulette

Though not the first chat service to pair up random strangers, Chatroulette did add video zing to the otherwise bland random text chats. Created by a Russian school boy, Chatroulette connects millions of strangers in random video conversations. The web app itself is pretty bare-bones, with two video panes showing the user & you, a huge pane for text chat and a couple of buttons for controlling the chat. Each random chat conversation is referred to as a game and you can restart a new game at any time. The site requires you to be clothed at all times (No. Am not kidding.) and plans to introduce custom chat rooms in the future.

  • Age Limit: 16+ (Though there is no specific check for that)
  • Registration: Not Required
Mode of Conversation: Audio, Video and Text.
  • Webcam: Mandatory.
  • Moderation: None. However, you can use the report button to complain about inappropriate users.

The “allow/deny webcam” window can be removed by changing the Camera settings from the computer’s control panel.

Tinychat Next

Tinychat Next

Tinychat Next

Tinychat is a well known player in the field of hosting free video and p2p chat rooms. Being in the same domain, they have launched Tinychat Next which works the same way as Chatroulette. The user interface is a bit more refined and you need to have flash installed to even see how the UI looks like.

  • Age Limit: 13+ (No age check here too)
  • Registration: Required. Users can choose to login via Facebook connect.
  • Mode of Conversation: Audio, Video and Text.
  • Webcam: Mandatory.
  • Moderation: None. However, you can use the report button to complain about inappropriate users.

Omegle

Omegle

Omegle

Omegle has been around for a while connecting random strangers in text chats. They have added the video chat option very recently. Omegle allows you to share the chat log in your Facebook account or to download it to your PC.

  • Age Limit: None Specified.
  • Registration: Not Required.
  • Mode of Conversation: Two modes. Pure Text mode and Audio, Video & Text mode.
  • Webcam: Mandatory for video chat.
  • Moderation: None.

6 Rounds

6 Rounds

6 Rounds

6Rounds promotes itself as a live meeting point. It allows you talk to your friends or to random strangers. One cool feature of this web app is that people who are available for a random chat are presented in 3D bubbles with their profiles. So you can pick and choose the person to have a random chat with. In addition, you can play real time games, listen to music and watch Youtube videos while on the site.

  • Age Limit: 18+ (You have to enter the Date of Birth.)
  • Registration: Required.
  • Mode of Conversation: Audio, Video and Text.
  • Webcam: Mandatory.
  • Moderation: None.

Anybody Out There

Anybodyoutthere

Anybodyoutthere

anybodyoutthere is a random chat service with an awesome UI and concept. You can ask a question or share a thought and you will be shown a list of people with similar interests to talk to. Unlike other services, the user on the other end has to accept your chat request to begin the conversation.

  • Age Limit: 13+
  • Registration: Not Required.
  • Mode of Conversation: Audio, Video and Text.
  • Webcam: Mandatory.
  • Moderation: None.

Camstumble

CamStumble

CamStumble

True to its name, Camstumble lets you stumble into random webcams. There is also a universal text chat widget for those who want run multiple conversations.

  • Age Limit: 16+
  • Registration: Not Required.
  • Mode of Conversation: Audio, Video and Text.
  • Webcam: Mandatory.
  • Moderation: None.

Shuffle People

Shuffle People

Shuffle People

Shufflepeople site has no unique features and it even promotes itself as a “Chatroulette like service” in its header.

  • Age Limit: None Specified.
  • Registration: Not Required.
  • Mode of Conversation: Audio, Video and Text.
  • Webcam: Optional.
  • Moderation: None.

Random Dorm

Random Dorm

Random Dorm

Randomdorm is similar to the web apps listed above but is limited only to college students. You should have a .edu email id provided by your University or college to register and take part in a conversation. The site also supports Facebook Connect, however, the email id with which you have registered in Facebook should be .edu id. Random Dorm allows you to use the gender filter.

  • Age Limit: 18+
  • Registration: Required.
  • Mode of Conversation: Audio, Video and Text.
  • Webcam: Optional.
  • Moderation: None.

Final Thoughts

Apart from being an extremely hilarious idea, I noted a few funny things in these web apps. For example, in the case of Chatroulette the only contact address provided is [email protected], which could well be appropriate considering the usefulness of the entire idea. And in the case of Omegle, there was nothing informative, not even a terms of condition page or a privacy policy.

Of all the web apps that have discussed above, Random Dorm is the one that could have a positive purpose. It could connect great minds leading to awesome innovations (highly unlikely) or at the very least it could help students to hook up across campuses. None of the sites are moderated and there have been hundreds of blog posts complaining about rampant, unsolicited nudity & perversion in these random chat sites. If you are a parent with underage kids, we strongly advice you to add these sites to the parental control filters. 

We would love to hear what you think about this concept of random video chatting and juicy encounters with crazy strangers (if any) in the comments section.

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  • http://blog.shufflepeople.com veronica reynolds

    I think RandomDorm will do well, because it’s targeting a niche audience, but I don’t see it ever taking off the way Chatroulette did, for 2 reasons. One, they’ll never be able to break out of the college demographic with a name like randomdorm, and two, it’s not anonymous so far fewer people are going to want to associate themselves with it. At least until people stop using these sites as a sex toy and the notion of video chat becomes more socially acceptable.

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  • Stirling

    There are a bunch popping up on Facebook as well. Most are just running Chatroulette within the Facebook canvass, but one seems to be utilizing the advantages of Facebook Connect.

    Chat-o-rama (http://apps.facebook.com/chatorama) has what could be a killer feature: group filtering. This means anybody could create a Facebook group around any interest and essentially have their own private random chat channel.

    That’s a great way to pair up users by niche.

  • http://inspirationfeed.com inspirationfeed

    Tiny chat is really awesome in my opinion!

    • dalez

      hey whats up?

    • nikku

      hey

  • http://www.thewallworks.com Adam

    Kind of creepy. Never tried this but I’ll give it a go…with my clothes on.

  • Joe
  • http://omegle.ca JoeyG

    http://www.omegle.ca – Omegle Canada now offers random video chat now too!

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  • http://www.tohla.com gene

    Strangers chat room, try TOHLA! http://www.toha.com

  • http://omegleworld.com Joe

    http://omegleworld.com – You can find random video chat partners in your own country!

  • Adrian

    I just found another one at http://www.jemga.com – they also have an app on facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/jemga-chat/. Only text chat at this stage…

  • antoan

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  • http://www.roundchat.com Dominik

    A new site that looks great and works great its http://www.roundchat.com . Its better then chatroulette! I think its gonna be the next best thing!! Lots cleaner and they have some exciting updates coming soon

  • http://apumpkinpatch.com brybam

    You should add http://APumpkinPatch.com to that list! It’s essentially an entire collection of random social tools and there’s more coming! It’s clean, simple to use, most of the site doesn’t require any registration, however there is a facebook connect version of random video chat but its optional

  • http://social-butterfly.appspot.com/ Raj Shah

    Hi, guys.

    I love Omegle/Chatroulette. But I wanted to access those sites through my favorite chat software (iChat and Gmail).

    So I wrote my own stranger chat app – Social Butterfly. It works over Google Talk (if you have Gmail, you already have Google Talk), so you can use it with your favorite software.

    Try it out here:
    http://social-butterfly.appspot.com/

    I’d love to hear what you guys think!

  • Ali reza

    I need talk with others for……

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