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cj22
08-23-2008, 09:47 AM
I know this has probably been mentioned a million times before and is probably outside the scope of the site, but if you had a video chat section (chat room with webcams and audio) I think it would instantly become the 2nd most popular section of the site (behind vid clips probably). Anyway, I'm no tech guru by any means so I don't know what this would entail. I just know sites like collarme.com, and even local radio station sites around me have video chat and its very popular. Just throwing it out there!
CJ

HisDivineShadow
08-23-2008, 11:07 AM
It would have to be externally hosted if it was done at all. Video/audio chat is highly resource intensive and I doubt the TMF server would be content for long with hosting such a solution. External products are available but, more often than not, quality comes with a large price tag attached. That's the technical/financial arguments against, at least; I don't have much of an opinion on the merits of the idea alone (being one who doesn't use chat).

bellyticklerNJ
08-24-2008, 09:47 AM
i agree video chat would be awesome!

locker669
09-12-2008, 09:08 PM
It would be a sausage fest.

Jorschach
09-14-2008, 09:44 AM
Jayzuz.

It's expensive enough, doncha think?

SamuelKhan
09-14-2008, 07:43 PM
Video chat is cool. A good way to see each other rather than talk to a chat room!

We could get together in Yahoo for conferencing!

subtle_feather
02-05-2009, 08:53 AM
I don't know if this will help at all, but another site that I frequent uses a chat program called userplane that has video and voice capabilities. Userplane also links directly from chat to user profiles from the site itself.

I don't think their budget would be any greater than that of the TMF, though I could be mistaken. I would love to see a better chat program on the TMF, but I am not an ingrate, Thanks for letting there be a chat room at all.

AngelOfDarkness
02-05-2009, 09:48 AM
We could get together in Yahoo for conferencing!

This. WTG Khan.

Building on that, all IM services that I know of (the before-mentioned Yahoo, MSN, and AIM) all offer webcam/mic services. :)

TMF Jeff
02-05-2009, 09:57 AM
I don't know if this will help at all, but another site that I frequent uses a chat program called userplane that has video and voice capabilities. Userplane also links directly from chat to user profiles from the site itself.

I don't think their budget would be any greater than that of the TMF, though I could be mistaken. I would love to see a better chat program on the TMF, but I am not an ingrate, Thanks for letting there be a chat room at all.

Want to do some research for us, come up with some info about how much it costs and what's involved in doing it? Maybe it's easier than we think.

subtle_feather
02-05-2009, 10:28 AM
Want to do some research for us, come up with some info about how much it costs and what's involved in doing it? Maybe it's easier than we think.

From what I can see here (http://www.userplane.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=apps.webchat), the application is free as long as you allow it to integrate ads. It looks as though installation is fairly easy. Whether or not that would have an effect on the load on TMF's servers is a question I'm afraid I am not technically knowledgeable enough to answer. Sorry I can't be of more help.

Anyone else out there with better kung fu than me?

TMF Jeff
02-05-2009, 10:35 AM
It looks like it's hosted off site, so the load shouldn't be a problem. It all just seems too easy somehow though, I can't help but wonder what the hook is. Can you show me a link to where you said it was in use somewhere?

LeeAllure
02-05-2009, 02:13 PM
Apparently, it might more than pay for itself...
http://www.userplane.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=casestudies.casestudy&id=plentyoffish

I have used both Ok Cupid and Plenty of fish, although I shun the
chat there for the most part. It might be worth a look to see how
well it really functions.

Lee