“I knew if I had launched this on i Phone right from the get-go, you have to have a user base or it’s just not interesting,” he says. The app, which lets users post updates and reply to those posted by others, is differentiated from the new “ambient location” (i.e., people-stalking) apps like Banjo, Highlight and Glancee, because it’s not about aggregating and tracking check-ins or geotagged tweets, nor is about running the app in the background to ping you when friends are nearby. WNM Live, says Hamachek, isn’t geared towards dating, it’s more for “helping normal people meet normal people.” (Oh burn, Skout users.) It’s also heavily moderated with a zero tolerance policy for spam and inappropriate content to help keep the crazies out, too.
“Instead of launching on i Phone and Android as most people were doing, we looked at Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 because we knew there wouldn’t be any competition, the users would probably be a little more forgiving and would put up with having a little bit smaller user base for the time being.” Today, about 85% of the users are on Windows Phone and 90% are on Windows Phone or Windows Mobile. In fact, it’s not about tracking your friends at all – it’s about meeting new people. This hasn’t apparently been much of an issue so far, as they’ve only had to ban around 1,700 users to date.
For accessing files, contacts, and calendars from anywhere try Share Point in the Cloud. As the name suggests, this light weight chat box lets you chat with random strangers with no prior information about them.
Unlike other random chat apps on the list, users have no profile and directly jump to random conversations instead.
Plus there are also options to select the age and the gender of the “interlocutor” you want to chat with.
Conversation can also be saved through the in-built screenshot capture feature.
There’s also that above-mentioned, pretty out-there feature (or maybe I’m just old) that lets users actually phone other users via the app. You can accept, reject or block a caller, but you can’t turn the setting off. On Windows Phone, the calls go over both Wi-Fi and 3G, but Hamachek expects restrictions when they get around to porting this feature to i Phone.
“There are use cases for me, like finding a tennis partner.
But on a day-to-day basis, I don’t need to find a tennis partner,” he explains.
Moreover, by adding your location information you can browse through random people in the vicinity who use the app.
Also there is an option to play games with strangers. Originally launched as a dating website, Meetme is another prominent entry with a user-base of more than a 100 million people around the globe.