One of my favorite things to do is look back on our webcams and chat experience through the years. For a long time I updated the site with a new design for the chat room each year. It was around 2006 that my wife took over the web design duties. Anyway here’s a link to all the years of design changes which is always fun to look at.
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CamChat.org needs a way limit the size of our webcam chat room while letting known regular users in even if the room is full. We envision two room moderators nominating a user for a “VIP Pass”. Once the user has two sponsors then an email would be sent to the user with their VIP Pass Number after the site owner approval. This could be entered in a new field on our sign-in area.
The room moderators would have a link to the new VIP area. We would likely have a list of VIP Pass holders, those that only have one sponsor, as well as the list of suspended users. We also need a way to nominate new pass holders.
Maybe we can have an entry page where the mod can chose to see the list of users, or go to the nomination page? We are up for any suggestions.
Why do we do it
Like I have said in the chat room and mod forum the reason I put so much time, energy, and money into it is because I enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. I have from day one with my webcam. I knew early on that this is what I wanted to do.
Everyone wants to be a star. Everyone wants to be seen. Everyone wants to be in the camera’s eye. People want to be liked. I think this is deep in the roots of the webcam chat experience. In watching my first chat room and webcam sites back in the 1990′s I already had dreams of what I wanted to do. CamChat.org is the result of that.
Some of the first sites I had bumpped into and enjoyed watching was AnaCam, JeniCam.org (now closed), and Sunny. Yes they were all “camgirls” but it was fascinating to me how their communities grew and worked. I wanted one of my own. Yes my image was the first ever uploaded here. I wish I still had that image. I think what keeps us going is being able to sit down at your computer and chat with people from all over the world for free. Come on in and enjoy the free webcam chat.
We are seriously intriguing you’d have to admit. The first webcam image (well camera image) was probably in 1991 at Cambridge University in England. It was called the “Coffeepot Cam”. An yes it was a view of the network engineers coffpot. They used it to check if there was any coffee in the pot. It ran until 2001 when it was finally switched off.
The oldest webcam that is still running would be “Fog Cam” at SF State Uni. It was started in 1994 and still runs today. See it at fogcam.org.
I thought I’d share a funny story here. When I had uploaded my first webcam picture, and had a chatroom going, I was so excited I sat in there for three days straight … by myself. That’s when I started getting new users. Soon there were 10 regular users, then 20, then 30. We have always used ChatStop.net for our chat service.
In those days I was just using free websites like Geocities or web1000. The guy who was the second webcam added became my partner in the project. I won’t mention his name at this time. I’ll tell you why later. He was also affiliated with a website called MetalFlakes.com, which is a heavy metal website still active today. My chatroom became the chatroom used by this site as well.
Happy Chatting and be sure to join the chat room.
Just a reminder of our webcam social media sites. This a great way to keep up with the latest webcam chat news and reviews. First of all be sure to “Like” camchat.org on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/freewebcamchat today. The chatters really enjoy posting what is new and sharing their ideas there. Also our MySpace page has been at http://www.myspace.com/webcam_chat for quite some time. MySpace was probably one of the first social media sites we were on and this is another great way to keep in touch with our friends from the chatroom. We started tweeting last year and you can find our tweets at https://twitter.com/camchat running most of the time. I try to put out a tweet daily. Be sure to sign up to receive our tweets. The latest addition is https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/112303888655946756296/ our Google+ site. Google circles and hangouts are a fun way to communicate and is the latest of our social efforts. Be sure to follow CamChat.org on our other sites to keep up with the latest webcam chat news.
As we move into 2012 CamChat.org continues to grow. The room moderators are doing a great job with the increased traffic, and we are listed better than ever on the searches. A big thanks goes to all the mods for doing a great job with the webcam chat.
There were some recent changes made to the chat code and the login process. We should be aware of the changes so we can best help the new chatroom user.
The login process has changed. In order to simplify the process to get into the webcam and chat room, there are new directions for the user, which include pictures of the things they should click. You can no longer use a nickname that is registered by another user. The chat system will prompt the user to change their chat name.As always any chatroom rule violations are dealt with quickly by our live staff. We might have the best live chatroom staff ever.
We have made it harder for the user to change names on the fly. This has always been a problem in the chat room because then we have a mismatch in the system. That makes things confusing for the new user. We have removed private messaging all together as there are too many problems with this chat feature being misused. This seems to be working much better for the regular webcam users.
We have added the feature for users to choose their chatroom text color and style. Having the different colors in the chatroom makes it easier for the user to keep up with the conversations. The eye can easily catch the colors and skip over what is not important at the moment
Again, thanks for visiting www.camchat.org and have a happy 2012 everyone.
We are often what webcam views are allowed and what can be banned. Here’s a quick outline. Webcams pointed at the floor, wall, a toy, or a black screen is ok as long as they are logged into the chatroom. We need to allow for users to point the cam away for short periods of time for their personal reasons. Of course if a user is not logged into the chatroom then we have to do something.
I wanted to take a moment to thank our webcam video provider over at www.camamba.com . They have always been there for us providing top shelf video for us. Like I said over at http://www.camchat.org/blogs/2011/08/06/whats-the-objective-anyway/ we can’t operate without our webcam and chat partners.
As far as chatroom users that get kicked or banned from the chat we’d like to be thought of as a group that gives a second chance. We find that some users need to know their limits before they can fit in. Let’s look at a webcam violator as salvageable and try a kick first, on re-entry to the chat room explain what was wrong. If it keeps up, then set the ban. We have been able to obtain new valuable chatters understanding that that some need to know their chat limits first.
Now with the acceptable chat room nicknames this is what I do. If the user has an unacceptable nickname we can warn to change it. I give them like 60 seconds and warn again. Give like 20 seconds and kick from the chatroom. If the nickname looks bad in the cam list we should stop the cam as well.
There will be cases when an immediate ban is needed, such as trouble webcam users. Other cases will be up to your best judgment. Remember, we do not allow harassing of any of our users. This is one of the principals that have kept the community growing over the years.
Of course there will be users that want to help with the chat room. The room staff is asked this a lot. The best thing they can tell the normal user is that we greet guests, help get cams going, and keep the chat moving. We can tell users if they do this, the room staff will notice. That would be a users best chance of becoming a Room Mod. It can be done.
Thanks everyone and enjoy the chat.
What can we do with flash going out?
Neither Apple nor Microsoft are going to support flash anymore. No, they are not hating on Adobe, it’s just that things are moving to HTML5. Our site does not work on the new tablets and the upcoming version of windows will not support flash. Our webcams are chat based. That means we’re not going to work well with emerging technologies.
As we look to the future we’ll likely have to find a solution for our webcams that does not involve flash. We’ll have to look at the possibilities of HTML5 and see what we can do. Any input is appreciated.
Hello everyone. I thought I would clear up some things about what kind of links are ok to paste in the chat room and what links are not. Remember we are a jealous website. We work hard to get our guests to the chatroom and we don’t want to lose any to another chat operation. This has always presented a problem for our style of webcam chat.
I think Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube links are ok. They don’t cause any harm. One thing’s for sure, camchat.org has always been and always will be a free webcam chat website. It’s not about the money.
What we want to look for is links to other chat networks and people spamming their business. This is because we are not a springboard for other businesses. It’s not right to advertise in our chat room when they could build their own community and advertise there.
The reason for “No Messengers” is simple. We’re trying to keep people chatting here, not on each others messengers. Some emails are actually the messenger address so we don’t allow emails in the chatroom and we don’t lose any users to other video chat sites like our own.
Email addresses open us up for a lot of trouble so we just try to keep them out of the room.
I hope this cleared some items up. I am often asked about this type of behavior so I wanted to post something on the subject while we were on webcams.
The mods enter a professional-sounding reason in their chatroom and webcam bans showing which CamChat.org rule was broken. This way we can better keep track of who is banning who and all the room moderators can stay informed.
Thanks guys and keep reading.
What’s the objective?
For the first 3 years I didn’t know either. I knew I liked chatrooms and when you added the webcams made it that much better. You could see who you were chatting with.
So what are we trying to do?
I think the driving force behind CamChat.org is being able to sit down at your computer and webcam chat with people from around the world for free. CamChat.org has always been free and that’s the way it will stay. I guess it has finally become a community and our objective would be to make it grow. This is why greeting the guest is so important.
Our goal would be to make the community grow with users like us.