Tiny Talk

Randomly-coordinated 7-minute 1:1 video chats with friends

Tiny Talk is bringing back social serendipity through randomly coordinated 7-minute 1:1 video chats amongst friends -- it's like ChatRoulette, but with your friends.
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6 Reviews5.0/5
doug
Maker
Hey there, Product Hunt! My name is Doug, and I'm the creator of Tiny Talk. Tiny talk aims to bring back the social serendipity of everyday life through randomly-coordinated 7-minute 1:1 video chats amongst friends. It's like ChatRoulette, but with your friends (and not creepy). Here's how it works: sort your contacts into groups (friends, family, work, etc.) -- or block a contact to prevent a match (other users won't ever know if you block them). Then, from time to time, you'll be invited to join a randomly-coordinated, 7-minute video chat with one of your approved, eligible contacts (or you can initiate a Tiny Talk to kick off the random matching process). Tiny Talks are double-blind, so neither you nor the person you connect with will know who the other is until you've both opted into the conversation. The only requirement is that you've both sorted one another into groups other than "Block". When the seven minutes is up, that's it! Need more time? Just call / FaceTime them back. Tiny Talk is meant to be low-commitment (hard cap of 7-minutes), low-risk (pre-sort contacts + double blind matching) and fun (who's ready to break up the monotony of 9 to 5 Zoom?) Tiny Talk just launched on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. If you do try it out, don't be shy with your ideas, question, feedback, or to just say hello -- excited to hear it all: doug@tinytalk.io.
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I have been using this app the past 8 days - so far I really like it especially once I had a critical mass of my friends sign up too- I love matching with close friends as well as slightly more distant friends for a quick light-hearted facetime - the fact that it ends is my favorite part since it keeps the catchup short like a bump-in at work or at coffee store (something I'm currently sorely missing being at home 24/7)
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doug
Maker
Thanks @katie_white2 ! Glad you are enjoying the app so far. Definitely drop me a note if you have any ideas for how to make it better.
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The double-blind thing seems like an interesting twist. Was there a moment in the product development that made it clear that this would be a good way to open the conversations? I'm interested in what motivated that decision.
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doug
Maker
@dcsan - thanks for the question! That was actually a core design choice from the outset. The two central ideas we set out with when we started working on this project were around randomness (social serendipity -- one of the things that's a bit lost in these long days of quarantine) and time-capped conversations (mechanism for keeping Tiny Talks low-commitment). The double-blindness of the matching mechanism was something we felt was key to ensuring that users felt uninhibited in engaging with the app. One thing we are currently playing around with as we try to strike the right balance in terms providing users with the right amount of information when presenting them with a decision about whether to opt-into a Tiny Talk is by including in notifications the group which the invitation or match originates from. So for example, when matching you with someone you'd sorted into your "Friends" group in the app, the notification for a Tiny Talk would be "someone from your `Friend` group wants to Tiny Talk." We've so far found that this amount of information works pretty well for letting the user make a decision about the type of conversation (is this a family member? a friend?) while still preserving a heavy emphasis on randomness for the ultimate user experience.
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Actually really fun! Great way to spend time with friends and family during these times! fun UI, you should definitely download and recommend to your friends (more fun when more people in your network are involved) :)
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doug
Maker
@ackriv - glad to hear you're digging Tiny Talk so far! Let us know if you have any feedback, and couldn't agree more that it's a lot more fun with a bigger crew -- more opportunities for those random bump-ins!
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Great product!
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doug
Maker
@bg51 Thanks!
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