I use webcam chat quite a bit. It’s a great way to keep in touch with friends and an even better way to meet new people. My only complaint is that there is a certain touch of randomness to the random chat concept that shouldn’t be random at all, and that’s the quality.
What do I mean? Well, go type “random chat” or “webcam chat” into Google (if you haven’t already). Take a look at that list – gobs and gobs of pages of different video chat services all offering the exact same thing in a randomly bad way.
Honestly, it’s like playing the lottery. Close your eyes and click a link – the smart money says you’ll lose the game. In this case, the goal of the game is to find a webcam chat site that doesn’t stink. Odds are you’ll run into one of or a combination of the following problems:
1). Free doesn’t mean free. It happens all the time – you’ll see an offer for “free video chat” and you can’t help but be interested. Things look promising at first, but soon you’re told that your free time is up and then you’re smacked in the face with a credit card information form. It’s deceiving and a complete waste of your time.
2). Please download and install our free program! Here you go… all you want to do is enjoy some random chat, why not waste some of your computer space while you’re at it? Better yet, go ahead and put yourself at risk for acquiring a virus! That’s exactly how you should enjoy your time online! Oh, wait, not it’s not.
3). Inappropriate behavior tends to plague a lot of the webcam chat sites, especially the ones that promote the random chat feature. Unfortunately, the only reason this type of abuse is consistent is because it goes unchecked. Far too many websites out there don’t bother hiring teams of moderators to keep things safe for their members. If the admins can’t prioritize your safety and privacy, why should you bother signing up for their services? You shouldn’t.
So I digress: Not everything about random chat should be random. Meaning you shouldn’t have to play guessing games with the services you sign up with – constantly wondering what sort of disappointment you’ll be facing the next time around. Video communication services need to either emulate real professionalism and quality or get out of the business.
The good news, however, is that there are some webcam chat sites out there that actually know a thing or two about what their users need and want. They’re out there, but you’ll have to think about what matters to you the most so you can arrive at a reasonable option. At FaceFlow, our goal is to give you the best possible quality. Just don’t settle for less!