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.

What’s noteworthy about Chatible and other similar apps is the way it signals our shifting, yet still static notions of what it means to be “connected.” When instant messaging took off for the more mainstream computer user in the 1990s, the very wonderment of dialing up to ICQ or AIM was just that you could find your friend across town online, but more excitingly, you could get chatty with a mind-boggling array of total strangers around the world in rooms, private or public.

Unless you were on a listserv, that was as good as a social network as we knew it. Being masked was critical armor to navigate the landscape.

When our parents say dont talk to strangers we do not pay any heed to it.

But then revealing your personal identity to people whom you do not know can really backfire in the long run.

When you’re sick of talking to a random, you simply hit the like button, which functions as the chat equivalent of hanging up a phone.

Its like ICQ and Chatroulette hooked up and had an IM baby.

And with chatting, the option for anonymity and fun screennames was key, moreso because every conversation kicked off with a query of “age/sex/location? So it’s no surprise that apps that let you talk with total strangers reignite the appeal of the early internet.

Some of these apps let you chat with strangers based on interests, or indicate some cursory biographical points up front, but the majority, like Chatible, appear to prefer the stranger toss-up.

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.

Being in the same domain, they have launched Tinychat Next which works the same way as Chatroulette.