One of the largest voice and video chat services on the Internet today is called Tiny Chat.
The company boasts that users produce a combined 5 million minutes of airtime per day.
The philosophy behind this unconventional landing place is that chats all begin with the conversation, and in Snapchat, images do the talking.
That makes even more sense when you think of how the app treats its photos and videos ephemerally.
After several years of trial and error, the site has finally reached a point where it can affectively filter out inappropriate behavior.
Tiny Chat allows up to 12 video feeds per chat room and uses an API where users can stream live video of shows hosted on the service and it doesn’t cost a thing.
To the 310 million monthly active Snapchat users, many of whom are in their teens and early 20s: Sorry, but old people are about to crash your party. And that is exactly why the app is exploding in use, even recently overtaking Twitter in terms of daily users.
(I'm not even 40, and I'm one of them.) To the hip kids who have grown up with the four-year-old short video sharing app: It is with regrets that admittedly I may even incorrectly explain some of how this service—with its myriad of odd features—works. A social network where people share photos and short videos for just 24 hours, Snapchat is the answer to the Internet's problem of never forgetting.
You can create private chat rooms and invite people you choose.
Chat Ville was once available through Facebook as an app, but it is now reachable directly through the Chat Ville website.