Why I Wanted Ipsilly In My Life

Hopefully, this post will explain to you why you should be using Ipsilly.
The original idea behind creating Ipsilly was to have a chat program that, rather than being randomized, had the benefit of anonymity, but allowed me to talk to anyone about something that I wished to discuss.

Doing a Google search and coming up with some forums can be a good way to get a conversation going about particular topics or interests. Likewise, you can usually roam around IRC severs and various chat rooms, looking for a topic relative to what you want to talk to. However, that meant:

  • Neglecting that IRC is generally a bad place to have a conversation because of how people tend to use it, how inane and banal the conversation is 90% of the time. Also, it is the birthplace of Godwin’s Law.
  • Abandoning the “instant chat” model means more time spent per person finding out whether or not they’re worth talking to (Politically Correct version: a compatible conversational partner).
  • Assuming that there’s at least one person in that particular channel on that particular server who shares enough of your interests to want to discuss the same (sub-)topic, is worth discussing it with, and isn’t idling (away).
  • Barring that, discussing with interested parties on a forum. But forums are more like a conversation of letters sent back and forth than a phone call, meaning that responses can take days, and don’t do much to fulfill the social need. Also, the format is more of a discussion (or more like someone writing a letter), and less the back-and-forth of conversation.

Of course, I have to admit my cynical perspective on this, and that I’m basically just listing annoyances and things that, by all rights, shouldn’t be valid complaints. But that’s the great and terrible thing about the internet: there’s always a desire for a more direct, accessible, easy to use, purer version of something that already exists.

Thus, I really like the idea of having a website that lets me just show up, type whatever I want to talk about, and get connected to someone who sees that topic and agrees that they want to talk about the same thing. And I hope that you do, too.

On a final note, I will admit that this is basically just “Omegle with topics” (that was how I pitched the original idea, after all). As a user, I would rather just have that feature implemented in the existing service than have something new. But, that guy’s busy implementing features, and kind of already has his own version that doesn’t really have the same goal at all. But yeah, in a different world, I would have rather just done the work of adding this to Omegle.