Video-Chatting With Random, But Similar Strangers Goes Live with VisitorsCafe Launch
Traditionally, website features like comments sections can give a small peek at the people congregating to read the content there. But now, rather than just reading those comments, you can engage in a direct video chat with the people behind them, thanks to technology being released today by Boston-based VisitorsCafe.
“People kept telling me, ‘Hey I have this passion or this pain and I never find people like me to connect with,’” says CEO and founder Morgan Hermand-Waiche. ‘”I can read articles and post comments, but it’s not very interactive and I don’t find any emotional support there.’”
VisitorsCafe, which can be installed on a website as a widget or a separate pop-up window, falls “exactly in the middle” of a random connection site like Chatroulette.com and a dating-style site where users intentionally seek out compatible people to spend time with, says Hermand-Waiche.
“You chat with people you don’t know yet but you might be likely to have a good connection with because you have similar interests and personalities,” he says.
VisitorsCafe looks at users based on factors like age, gender, location, education, and professional background and then suggests they chat with other users with similar characteristics, Hermand-Waiche says. The product can also be tailored to those who blog and want to connect with their audiences in a more personal way.
“You say that you would like to meet people relevant to you on that website and we take care of everything else,” he says. “We put you in front of the most relevant person to you who is here to talk at that moment.”
Other technologies help enable online communication between strangers or let people see at a glance what is being said about websites or topics of interest, but Hermand-Waiche says the VisitorsCafe technology to connect similarly minded people through video chats is a breakthrough, and that … Next Page »