CampusLIVE, the original ChatRoulette

By Matthew Ward

“CampusLIVE, the original ChatRoulette” was established in
2007.

Campuslive.com is the original precursor to the concept of
connecting random people with one another.

“I heard about CampusLIVE a few years ago but it looked very
different back then,” said Christopher Martinez, a fifth-year
marketing student.

CampusLIVE, unofficially dubbed “The College Homepage,” provides
college students with single-click access to a variety of college
resources.

From university e-mail, athletics, news and Facebook to local
restaurants and entertainment, the campus specific homepages serve
the needs of all college students.

After raising more than $300,000 in resources at the start of
2010, the Internet startup is now seeking out new ways to expand
its offerings to students beyond just specialized homepages and
restaurant menus.

The unveiling of CampusLIVE’s collegiate webcam system three
weeks ago led to the Web site reaching in excess of 4 million
unique visitors in its first month, which opened new doors in terms
of the level of interactivity.

College students nationwide may now interact with one another on
a level that could not be achieved using traditional social
networking mediums, such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.

“The main advantage of our service is that you won’t get some
crazy whack job when you decide to web chat,” said Jessie Morgan,
one of the original founders of CampusLIVE.

“The Web site helps users connect with other college students
and build a network of contacts from hundreds of universities in
America.”

Students will have the choice of limiting their video chat to
only Cal Poly students, but can also choose to include a webcam
from more than 200 other schools.

“It’s just a new, easy way to meet new and old friends from
distinct campuses around the country,” said Morgan. “ChatRoulette
can be infuriating for students who just want to meet normal people
and have a conversation. This is where CampusLIVE excels
dramatically.”

Students will then have the option to exchange personal
information and add new friends to their “favorites” list.

Students are required to register with their official university
e-mails (.edu) before gaining access to all the features.

CampusLIVE was founded by a group of college entrepreneurs at
the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

CampusLIVE has received positive media attention, compared to
ChatRoulette.

In the September 2009 issue, “Business Week Magazine” featured
the creators in its “Best Entrepreneurs 25 and Under” category.

The team ranked No. 3 in the nation.

Cal Poly students can benefit from having Bronco Direct,
Blackboard, e-mail, Bronco Compass and other important university
links, in addition to having access to a directory of local
restaurant and entertainment information all on one page.

The webcam section is also located on the main screen, so
students can begin their webcam conversations instantly.

However, some students are reluctant to switch over to the new
service citing the thrill of seeking out the unknown found only on
ChatRoulette’s random pairings.

“I kind of like seeing all that freaky stuff on Chatroulette,”
said Kenneth Hunter, a second-year finance student. “Every time I
log on, I literally have no idea what to expect. It’s what makes
the service so appealing to me.”

CampusLIVE currently supports 217 four-year universities and has
plans to expand and include community college students in the near
future.

Students interested in signing up for the service can visit the
Web Site at www.campuslive.com/csupomona.

Reach Matthew Ward at: lifestyle@thepolypost.com

CampusLIVE, the original ChatRoulette

Paul Rosales/Poly Post

CampusLIVE, the original ChatRoulette

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