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11/15/2010

Chatroulette, for professional purposes

Network_roulette If the idea of hopping on the random video chat website Chatroulette at work freaks you out, it should. Yeah, you could be paired up with someone really neat and interesting, but there’s also a chance you’ll start having a live chat with someone a little creepy showing some nudity. Probably male nudity, to be honest.

Now think about networking events: They exist when there are a lot of people who are in a concentrated area with the purpose of meeting and talking to other people for business purposes.

Take the two concepts, mix them together and you get Brazen Careerist`s Network Roulette, a networking site like Chatroulette where you randomly chat with someone in your field.

To begin with, Brazen Careerist is a social network for professional conversations to take place – either between people currently in the workforce or jobseekers trying to land a gig.

The newest feature, Network Roulette, works by pairing you up with someone with similar interests. To launch the feature, users enter what they're looking for in the chat plus what they can bring to the conversation. Both have 140 character limits, sound familiar?

Then you hold tight and wait for someone to start chatting you up, selected at random.

And wait. And wait. And wait.

I spent a few minutes waiting until I got connected to a recruiting specialist that offered to get me a job in the U.S. Not exactly the best match for someone who specified they wanted to share experiences in online journalism.

The scope of the service still seems a little small but perhaps my networking discussion pitch was a little too narrow-minded for the service – and someone interested in chatting about hedge funds and risk management might have a better experience.

Would you use a service like Network Roulette to network professionally?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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