In the 21st century, an online service has the potential to garner hundreds of thousands of hits if it is social networking enabled. Now after a decade of connecting with real world friends online, people suddenly have the desire to befriend strangers.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.Tinychat is a well known player in the field of hosting free video and p2p chat rooms.
The user interface is a bit more refined and you need to have flash installed to even see how the UI looks like.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. 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.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.Randomdorm is similar to the web apps listed above but is limited only to college students.