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Q&F: small talk

Chat applications always have some degree of complexity to them because the makers assume you’ll want to do all kinds of crap… add friends, use emoticons, set status, go invisible, yada yada yada. And they’re right, all that fancy stuff is good and often necessary.

Frivr.com takes a drastically different approach with small talk: throw everyone into a single chat room for an anonymous free-for-all! This is a totally stripped-down chat room with no features except the ability to select your nickname and text bubble color.

You’d think this type of chat would be (a) chaotic, and (b) disgusting, but you’d only be half right. When text bubbles from anyone and everyone just pop up and you don’t know who’s talking to who, things can get a little nuts. What I didn’t find in my 30 minute trial run, however, was any significant amount of nastiness! Surprise surprise, everyone was (for the most part, anyway) very respectful of each other and the few hookup attempts I saw didn’t attract much attention. I don’t know if it’s always like this, but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it’s more often pleasant than not.

If you’ve got some time to kill, enjoy talking to strangers, and maybe feel like pretending to be a 16 year old cheerleader (I told them I was 80 years old), get this free app and have at it! If you’re as cool as the people I chatted with, small talk will continue to be a fun diversion for anyone who drops in.

I eventually came clean and told them my real age

 

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