However, you'll now be chattingand able to chat withsaid strangers via simple text messages from your phone. Just to allay fears a bit, it's not as if Text Slide is some kind of service that just dishes out random phone numbers for people to text on a whimthat might be a bit more privacy-invading of a feature than a successful chatting service would want to allow.
In this case, the text-based service connects two people via a privacy-protecting intermediary. Instead of jamming some big "next" button when the conversation goes dry, you merely have to text "#next" to hop on over to a new user. According to Mashable's Jennifer Van Grove, it took creator Matt Hunter but one weekend to design the entire random-chat service.
If you thought Chatroulette was the end-all be-all for meeting strangers, you ain't see nothing yet.
Read Write Reb is reporting about a new startup called Text Slide that aims to put the fun back into completely random conversations with people you don't know, only you won't even need a computer this time around to hit up a chit-chat with Joe Random.
The setup is simple: Activate your webcam and click "play." Then, as people from all over the world pop up one at a time in a box on your screen, you decide whether or not to chat with them.
If you don't like the looks of things, click "next" and the site shuffles you to someone new. During a recent CNN test of the site, a man from France popped up on the screen wearing a jester's hat and telling jokes in French.
Our webcam girls want to be absolutely sure that they are chatting with users over the age of 18.
A slouched-over man in Tunisia said he was tired because he'd been on the site for four hours.
Screen shots of some of her more entertaining chats are below the post.