Introducing Chatville for Facebook: One Part Chat Roulette, One Part Farmville

Strangely enough, one of the most ‘social’ experiences you can have on the web right now is to log on to ChatRoulette and meet a random stranger. Well, the creators of popular IM software Digsby have taken that idea, and combined it with Farmville to produce the Chatville social game for Facebook. In short, the game lets you video chat with random Facebook users and earn ‘compliments’, unlocking achievements and leveling up through positive experiences with others. The idea is pretty smart, and the branding, easy UI and more may help this game explode into a sensation.

The ‘game’ is pretty much just talking to people and then giving them achievements (whether you like them or not), but it is truly social in the sense that you have to talk to people! I can see people really trying to ask others to do funny things to get achievements, but my experience was definitely not like that!

One of the first questions anybody will ask is how is the team going to prevent this from turning into the weirdness that is Chat Roulette. Well, they tie every account to a Facebook ID, so if a user is acting up, they are immediately blocked and that FB Profile can’t get on again.

Your interactions are tied to your Facebook account under the hood so there are actionable consequences for inappropriate behavior. We’ve also developed a proprietary system for weeding out the bad apples quickly and permanently.

Still, that means that if someone wants to do something explicit once, they can, and they’ll just leave the program after. Apparently they have a system to prevent this, but just like any other application on the web, a few disturbing situations are going to get through. In any case, it’s fun.