Vidyoo Launches Video Chat App For The Shy Crowd, Complete With Privacy Curtain

By Megan O'Neill 

These days more and more people are meeting each other via the Internet.  That being said “Teh Interwebz” can still be a scary place and it’s no surprise that many are hesitant to meet their online friends face to face.  Vidyoo, a new people discovery application that launched today out of Tel Aviv, aims to solve this problem, matching people up and letting them get to know each other by video chatting through a Privacy Curtain.

According to a press release, “Vidyoo is a platform that introduces you to people who match your interests and preferences, and helps you connect over video chat to get to know each other.”

Unlike other video chat apps, Vidyoo prides itself on the fact that “the app is designed to make sure your conversations are safe and fun.”  They accomplish this by letting users start out chatting behind a Privacy Curtain, which masks their view of the other person.  You are only exposed to the person you’re chatting with, and vice versa, when you are comfortable chatting face to face.

Additionally, Vidyoo provides video chatters with tools to help keep the conversation interesting, including conversation starters, numerology matchups, picture and gift sharing and more.  Check out the video below to see how it works.

When I heard about Vidyoo I couldn’t help but be reminded of BlurryPeople, a Chatroulette clone I covered back in September in which the conversation starts out with a blurred screen.  I asked how Vidyoo differs from BlurryPeople and similar apps and a Vidyoo spokesperson explained, “At Vidyoo, we have a feature-full, well designed, coherent application designed and built with a unique flow in mind aimed at encouraging people to find and meet others like them (same interests, etc.), and we support and facilitate the whole ‘meeting process’ until they make a choice to hook up or not.”  The privacy curtains and ice breaking tools also make Vidyoo unique.

Scarred by Chatroulette and all of its horrors, I’m now one of those people who is definitely hesitant to video chat with random strangers on the web and I think the whole privacy curtain idea is fantastic (though their choice of wording for the “Hook Up!” button still seems a little bit…off-putting).  What’s your take on this new service?  Let us know what you think of Vidyoo in the comments below.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.