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October 12, 2010

Chat Lobby Offers Interesting, Albeit Limited Experience

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

With the proliferation of apps now available on the market, how do you select the right app for what you want to do? One app is gaining attention, but according to a recent Appolicious report, the buzz is not all positive.

The app is known as Chat Lobby and is aptly described as using your iPhone (News - Alert) to move back in time to the mid-90s when so much time was spent, mistakenly or not, in AOL chat rooms. One of the biggest draw to such chat rooms was finding someone who wanted to chat with you on topics that bore those you see in person.

Chat Lobby provides a playground for those seeking to discuss anything and everything. Positioned as a social networking app, it offers a handful of rooms with titles such as Teens Only, 25, Singles and more. One observation is the lack of activity in rooms for anyone over 18.

The remaining rooms appear to be overcrowded with people requesting naked photos and swearing at anyone who doesn’t deliver on the request. One has to wonder why this would be an appealing destination for those who value their time and their modesty.

On the positive side, for those who really want to get involved in the chat experience, the design of the app is getting rave reviews. Thumbnail photos are selected by users and as they “speak,” little message bubbles pop up next to the photo.

While chats can move relatively fast, everything is archived in the app, allowing users to catch back up if they get behind or have to leave the room for a while.

Chat Lobby also offers the ability to send and receive private messages through an inbox that resembles the iPhone’s text messaging interface. To eliminate an overabundance of archived messages, the app allows the user to delete logs easily.

Depending on what you want out of any app or social networking experience, Chat Lobby may or may not be a good fit. It is considered to be user-friendly, but that may not be enough to pique interest of a wide variety of users. As of right now, the audience and participants are limited – which also limits the scope of the discussions. And, until that fact changes, Chat Lobby may have a limited window of attention.

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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