The seamy side of social networking

There’s an interesting piece in today’s Times (a piece which I first came across by the rather archaic method of reading the newspaper while drinking a cup of coffee) about chatroulette – a site which, to put it coyly, you probably wouldn’t surf without being sure of who might be looking over your shoulder.  In general I agree with Sathnam Sanghera’s argument: social networking has become respectable and chatroulette isn’t.  But you could possibly make the oppposite argument, that chatroulette might succeed, albeit catering for a niche audience, because it provides something anarchic and juvenile for a group who have been left behind by other social networking sites.

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3 Responses to “The seamy side of social networking”

  1. Saivignesh Says:

    It is nothing more than a web version of a chat-room. When i tried to connect , it started streaming a video of a guy who i don’t know and asked me for permission to start my cam.

    On the positive side, this technology can be integrated with facebook and linkedin to chat with people of your interests.

    As a graduate student looking for a job, I am a frequent user of linkedin, integrating this technology with linkedin, would help me interact with the professionals.I feel video conferencing with employers is better than writing mails.

    Martin, I feel this technology can be integrated with City space, where students and staff interact, with the text version of the discussion recorded, will help other users to find information as well as join an online discussion.

    • martinrich Says:

      In terms of videoconferencing/webconferencing at City we now favour Adobe Connect – it offers lots of facilities and is also good on browser-independence. I know that quite a lot of others in the educational sector use Elluminate which provides some similar functionality

  2. Saivignesh Seetharaman Says:

    Thanks for the information.

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