What features do you think are essential in a random video chat site? I had my own opinions on the subject when I tried Shagle, and I have to say that the site actually exceeded my expectations.
For starters, registration only took a couple of minutes. I chose to make an account from scratch using an email and password, and it didn’t take long at all. You can also sign up with Facebook or Google+ if you want – it’s always nice to have options.
I enjoyed both the free and premium memberships. The free membership didn’t feel like one big advertisement in which Shagle pushed paid extra features on me; in fact, the features included in the free membership were actually pretty impressive. I never felt worried about the safety of my personal information; Shagle makes anonymity a priority for their members, so names, addresses, and other personal information were never shared on the site.
What’s included in the free membership? Unlimited text and video chats are pretty much a given; let’s get to the fun stuff. First of all, I was pleasantly surprised that this membership came with location filters. According to Shagle, people from over 70 countries use their site, so it was awesome to be able to explore that aspect, instead of trusting the algorithm to send me international matches. Free accounts can only change countries with limited frequency, but it was still enough to provide some variety.
Shagle provides tags that are visible in each chat, so people can look at the ones you’ve selected and instantly know what you’re after. There were options like Fun, Flirt, Make Friends, Dating, Chat, Love, Hookup, and more. I could also use “stickers”, or virtual masks, which are another way to keep your identity a secret.
What’s included in the premium membership? I got everything in the free membership, plus several additional features that really enhanced the experience. If you’re looking to do a little flirting or online dating, the gender filter might be your favorite feature. It’s handy to narrow down the matches you get, so you don’t have to wade through a bunch of users who don’t really interest you. Once I was using a premium membership I could filter by country to my heart’s content, of course. A more unique feature was Shagle’s virtual gifts, which I could send to anyone I was chatting with to show my appreciation or interest.
What else is there to know? Turns out I’m not the only one who enjoyed using Shagle. They have over 3 million users each month – they must be doing something right!