ccube bets on voice socialnet; I doubt it

Cupertino, CA, based ccube thinks voice calling is the next higher ground for social networking. Their plan is to let users hear each other’s voice and judge if they are the right match. You get to record a personal greeting for about 15 seconds, in addition to defining your interests. ccube takes your interest lists to match people. Members with similar interests visit your profile, click on your personal greeting, and if they like It, they add you to their Favorites list. To make calls they need to dial the ccube number, access their Favs, and connect to you.

Sounds simple and easy but I think it is too direct. Who wants to talk with unknown people at unexpected times? ccube does provide couple of controls on the site to guard against unexpected calls, but I don’t think they will be really effective in everyday life where your preferred times change at moments notice. Even otherwise you don’t just start talking with someone just ’cause your interests match. If that had been true, all the Web20 followers would be on a conference call right now.

Previously I have written about couple of similar services that enable anonymous calling- Jangl and SubjectTalk. Don’t think both have been really successful at their plans. Anonymous chat using the Wambo widget is the right way to get connected with people. Personally I have been getting far better response with Wambo as compared to Jaxtr’s anonymous calling and voicemail widget that had generated lot of buzz when it had launched late last year.

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5 Responses to “ccube bets on voice socialnet; I doubt it”

  1. tim Says:

    Hi Vivek — This is Tim, Jangl evangelist. Thanks for the Jangl mention. We’re quietly making a lot of progress in terms of customers and building out the next-gen Jangl. Drop me a line and we’ll update you, okay? tim

  2. anita Says:

    Jangl is WAAAY too complex if all you want is to protect your privacy with an anonymous phone number.
    Craigsnumber is far simpler (no downloads like Jaxtr, no quirky “register to get number” twists like Jangl).

    I am glad craigsnumber is as simple as we wanted it to be ..

  3. Michelle Says:

    Thanks for giving ccube a look. We are getting good traction in the dating space with our new username feature that lets people connect with each other on ccube without giving out their phone number, accepting by invitation only if they prefer, and being able to block that person from calling later. So you hand out your ccube card at a party instead of your phone number. It’s the capability of some existing players only better – allows you to keep a single username on ccube and keep your number private without keeping a list of number pseuodonyms. We are also seeing our members affiliating as interest groups that promote communiciation that didn’t previously exist, or even large groups where members are trusted by association. Would be happy to update you more – let’s connect. Michelle

  4. Janet Says:

    I would have to completely disagree with this blog. CCube is a great tool for a list of reasons. Of course connecting with someone you don’t initially know is always difficult but if you’ve met that person once before at a dating function, its a great way to connect without giving away your information! Employers could use it to find a temp if the users interest highlight “jobs,” “receptionist,” “handy man,” etc. Try looking at the bigger picture. We are loosing a REAL connection with people, engaging in a REAL conversation. Text and emails aren’t personal enough to make a real judgement of the other intentions. I’ve used it and find it to be a wonderful way to talk to others without giving away my private information such as my phone number.

  5. janet Says:

    I would have to completely disagree with this blog. CCube is a great tool for a list of reasons. Of course connecting with someone you don’t initially know is always difficult but if you’ve met that person once before at a dating function, its a great way to connect without giving away your information! Try looking at the bigger picture. We are loosing a REAL connection with people, engaging in a REAL conversation. Text and emails aren’t personal enough to make a real judgement of the other intentions.

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