And with chatting, the option for anonymity and fun screennames was key, moreso because every conversation kicked off with a query of “age/sex/location? So it’s no surprise that apps that let you talk with total strangers reignite the appeal of the early internet.
Some of these apps let you chat with strangers based on interests, or indicate some cursory biographical points up front, but the majority, like Chatible, appear to prefer the stranger toss-up.
The service was created by Daniel Blake, who seems to have a knack for these types of micro-applications judging by his Crunchbase profile.
He’s also the guy behind Tiny Paste, which we reviewed here earlier, and Control C (previous coverage).
There’s also a way to embed a badge on other sites and forums to spread the link to the chatroom, showing the number of active users.
Once you close the screen, the data is gone, so don’t use it to discuss anything worth remembering even if it lets you save the chat log.
When you’re sick of talking to a random, you simply hit the like button, which functions as the chat equivalent of hanging up a phone.
Its like ICQ and Chatroulette hooked up and had an IM baby.
Using Chatible is as simple as messaging the bot, waiting for it to reply with a button that will match you with an anonymous chatter and facilitate the conversation.
“…I am always reminded of how small changes in the details of a digital design have profound unforeseen effects on the experiences of humans who are playing with it…It is impossible to work with information technology without also engaging in social engineering.” -Jaron Lanier  After a relatively quiet and unmourned death, the chatroom as a social space recently returned in the form of Omegle and Chatroulette.
The classic chatroom of the 1990s was overtaken by other platforms as the WWW moved to newer forms of sociality; namely, the social network.