InternetCongaLine is a new take on the ChatRoulette phenomenon. But this time serial UK entrepreneur Alex Tew has approached the issue of how you meet random people on video chat without… hitting the masturbators.
On first viewing it appears there are actually four full video and audio chats going on. Personally I suddenly didn’t feel so trepidatious, as one does with ChatRoulette. As Tew says himself, “it’s a fundamentally different experience to meet people in groups.”
Tew says that to keep the weirdos out they can aggressively moderate, plus, because it’s a group, they rely on user moderation too since you can take out more than one person at a time.
The idea is you can jump around finding interesting people to chat to via private or public IM. It’s certainly a lot less barbaric than chatroulette and there’s something about group chat that diminishes the awkwardness.
Mind you, the whole things remains quite experimental. And of course, you’ve only just heard about it on TechCrunch, so the hordes haven’t yet to arrive.