Wonderloop is a new iPhone app that launches today allowing users to connect through first-person short-form video. This is not Face-time. It’s short video messaging about 10 to 20 seconds long. It allows short elevator style pitch introductions so you can get a sense of who someone is. Think of it as an About.me if they copied the video-profile feature.
As Wonderloop founder Hanna Aase says, it’s designed around the idea of how you might meet someone in real life.
Aase made the app because she was not able to meet people easily living in a small village in Norway and it addresses the whole “stranger space,” which has been left open by the failure of Chat Roulette into a rather forbidding space.
Facebook isn’t into making these random connections. It wants a genuine social graph, and Airtime hasn’t quite taken off on the desktop. Wonderloop is a little app that just might do well addressing this problem.
Aase says she wants to have 10 seconds of video from every person on Earth. She believes these short video profiles are way easier to digest than just reading about someone.
To start with the app will be invite-only at launch. It lets you join networks, use hashtags, add a short bio, and will initially be available on the iPhone. An Android app is under development as is a web browser-based version. You will need to create a video profile to register in the first place.