I just used the chat feature for the first time ever, and it was cool. The ability to share pictures was nice, but I think allowing others to view a webcam would be even better. That way, if you don't have pictures taken and uploaded somewhere, if you want to show a yoyo, you could just turn on the webcam so the person can see in real time. For example, there would be a link to view, and an option not to view. And maybe each member would have a little symbol next to their username if they have webcam capabilities. Also, this feature would be great to teach new tricks on a one-on-one basis. Just a thought.
That's not a function available in IRC. They'd have to set up some sort of Yahoo, AIM or some other system of connecting. I think a lot of guys do this via Skype. I sometimes run my cam on Yahoo, and recently signed up with Skype, so you can always use the other instant message systems. I'm often reachable via those. Not necessarily via video, but text yes.
Personally, I'm a mess in the mornings and I often don't get to shower until late. But the idea of saying "how do you do that" and then being shown is a way cool idea. My cameras are mostly not hooked up right now.
Hmmm...I sort of figured that the function would be difficult or impossible to integrate, which is why it has not been done yet, but it would be nice. I use Yahoo messenger to chat with webcam once in a while too, and I like it, but I find that a lot of people say that they don't have Yahoo or I don't have the IM program they use. Problems arise when you have to decide whether you should download a whole program, just to chat by webcam with a certain individual. Then, you may or may not chat again, and you end up uninstalling the program.
If we had it in the YYE chat, it would be available to everyone without a download (the way I envisioned it anyway). But, for showing tricks or one-on-one tutorials, I think it would be a great feature. The only other solution is to download all popular programs, Yahoo, AIM, MSN, Skype and so on, so you'd have most options available on demand...but it's a pain to have all that downloaded and install updates and all that stuff to keep up with it all.
Also, in YYE chat, if you're chatting with more than one person, it can kill the whole conversation if people don't want to continue in another program like Yahoo IM to view the webcam. One person might want to see and have Yahoo, but the other doesn't have Yahoo and is either left out of the conversation, or they have to do an entire download. It would be nice if the chat starts on YYE, it should stay within the site if possible, even to do webcam.
Tell me if you had to choose a program, which one you find most user friendly in this regard. I only have experience with Yahoo IM. Seems like you are leaning toward Skype?