It was supposed to be a better Chat Roulette, the fad video-chatting service that hit four million monthly visitors shortly after launching but ultimately fell victim to the one-eyed monster.
So far, it seems that the rocky beginning successfully presaged the future, as usage of the Facebook-connected app has made massive moves in the wrong direction, while competitor Chat Random’s traffic is soaring.
All in all, it went from being totally anonymous to the complete opposite, contradicting its proven video chat model." Since the abrupt implementation of Chatroulette's new requirements, the site's users are defecting in droves -- a telltale sign that the new rules are not what video chat fans want.
Undermining the site's fundamental purpose as an anonymous social networking site, the video chat leader has violated one of commerce's most important rules: Don't tick off the customer.
All you have to do is answer a couple of simple questions and you’re ready to go.
Why get bogged down with inconvenient registration pages when you don’t have to?
So I’m not surprised that Chat Random, essentially a slightly more sophisticated and more monetized version of Chat Roulette, is seemingly succeeding.
They're talking ( and, more important, they're doing something about it by moving elsewhere, as explained by one Chat Random newcomer.
Neither can million in venture capital and massive celebrity endorsements from stars like Jimmy Fallon, Snoop Dogg, Julia-Louis Drefus, Alicia Keys, and Jim Carrey.
Three months ago, Napster founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning unveiled Airtime, a web-based video chat service explicitly billed as a service to find and connect to new friends, in a glitch-filled PR disaster of a launch.
"Stats change by the hour, but I've noticed two consistent trends -- Chatroulette numbers have crashed, and Chat Random numbers have soared," Fox adds.
"For example, at a certain time of day, Chatroulette used to have approximately 20,000 users on the site and now the average is about 5,000 at this same time.
Currently, according to App Data, Air Time has only 500 daily active users, and only 10,000 users have accessed the app in the last month — a 50 percent drop from the previous month.