If you’re interested in not just instant messaging, but
participating in group video chats, then you’ll want to give
Camfrog a try. It connects you to video-chat rooms around the
world, where you can talk via your video camera, microphone and
keyboard. There are thousands of video chat rooms available, and at
this writing, nearly 140,000 people have registered to use the
program, so there are plenty of people available for chatting.
If you don’t have a Webcam, you can still use the program,
because it lets you view video chat rooms. And you’ll also be able
to talk in the chat rooms via microphone and keyboard, even without
a webcam. The chat rooms themselves are quite varied, with many
specialized for specific interests. Be aware, though, that there
are quite a few X-rated video chat rooms as well, so anyone with
children should be careful about downloading this software.
When you install Camfrog, it offers to install the Yahoo
Toolbar for Internet Explorer and WeFi
software for locating wireless hot spots. If you don’t want them
installed, remember to uncheck the boxes next to them.