Showcase your top room members with the ‘Featured Users List ‘

Based on feedback and research, Camfrog is rolling out exciting new features to help enhance the experience on Camfrog 7.  And we are starting by helping room owners spotlight their most engaged (and engaging) members!

The Featured Users List gives room owners, admins, and moderators the ability to spotlight ‘featured users’ and help them stand out from the crowd in the user list.  

What it Does

  • Control the viewing experience Featured users are set to automatically display their video to all members who join the room.  
  • Highlight valuable members – The member is placed in a special “featured user” section (Camfrog 7 only) on the user list and their nick is highlighted in gold.  On older versions of Camfrog for Windows and on mobile devices they will have a gold microphone flair attached to their nick.
  • Flexible timing settings – Although members are featured for 30 minutes by default, this can be changed through easy-to-use chat commands.

How to Feature a User

  1. Download the latest version of Camfrog
  2. Right-click on the nick of the member you would like to feature
  3. Select ‘Add to Featured

For more advanced control, just type in the following commands in the chatbox:

  • /FEATURE  nickname [[N] minute[s]|hour[s]|day[s]]
  • /UNFEATURE  nickname
  • /FEATURED display a list of currently featured users and their remaining spotlight time
  • /SETOPT  feature_timeout 60-86400 – set default user feature timeout in seconds

Availability

This premium feature is available for Purple, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond* room subscriptions.


*Maximum number of featured users – Purple (1), Gold (3), Platinum (5), Diamond (10)

Group Video Chat

How To Find Friends Using Safe Video Chatting Portals

In today’s times of the COVID – 19 pandemic and the social distancing norms that are still in force, life has become quite secluded for most people. Socializing, going out for movies, meeting people on dates is but a distant dream still. Given these restrictions, video chatting portals have seen a considerable upswing in the last year. These video apps are the most convenient way of connecting with family and friends located far and wide as well as a novel form of forging new bonds. People are scurrying towards these virtual friend finder apps to have distant socializing in times of social distancing.

However, with so many video chatting portals available today, it can be quite a daunting task to find a reliable one to start your virtual sojourn of finding friends. Each video chatting app is packaged beautifully, showcasing all its features but only when you read the fine print do you understand the underlying conditions and costs. Hence, it is pertinent to do a thorough study of the available video chatting portals and do an elimination through informed selection. Follow this checklist before deciding on any one video chatting portal and you are sure to find a secure app.

1. Check security features

The most quintessential thing lookout for, while hunting for your favorite app, is the security feature. Many fraudsters are lurking around in the virtual world just to nab innocent people and you don’t want to be easy prey. While scouting around for a video chatting portal, always check for these:

● Are the chats end-to-end encrypted?

This feature secures the call so that it is seen only by the people using it, not even the app.

● Can the video calls be intercepted and also recorded by another person?

It is pertinent to find out who all can join the call and how they can get in. Video chatting portals like Camfrog ensure that they list all the privacy policy features in detail and mention the user’s rights in case of any violation. In fact, they have an excellent feature that allows parental control too. It restricts users between ages 13-17 from joining rooms outside those hosted by Camfrog.

● Ways in which the account data is being used

Check out if the video chatting website follows all the privacy policies like Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation or California’s Consumer Privacy Act. This shows how transparent the apps are with their users and if the data collected can be accessed by third parties. Also, create a foolproof password that is a combination of letters, alphanumerics and numerics. Keep changing the password frequently to ensure that the account is not hacked into.

2. Look out for the anonymity feature

While video chatting is a fun activity, it can also be quite intimidating for someone shy. You may not be comfortable sharing your personal details and picture initially with someone. One of the most important features to look out for in this case is a video chatting portal’s anonymity. This allows you to maintain your privacy till the time you get to know the person well. Popular video chatting portal Camfrog allows users to maintain their confidentiality until they are ready to share it. This helps them ease into the idea of video chatting with a stranger and makes them more confident of having conversations without any inhibitions. This feature also works as a security measure in the initial days of chatting when you do not know the person and his/her intentions.

3. Read reviews

One way to find out about the popularity and authenticity of any video chatting portal is to read other people’s reviews about it. The more positive reviews, the better it is for you. A simple google search will be able to tell you about what people think of the app. In fact, most of the apps also have a viewer’s or user’s review section, where you can read comments about the portal. This should give you a fair idea about the video chatting app.

4. Thorough study and research

With hundreds of video chatting portals making their entry, it becomes quite tough to find the perfect one for your needs. It requires thorough research and reading about each portal’s features, privacy policy, users’ reviews and costs. Be wary of hidden costs and other terms that are mentioned in the fine print. It will help if you have a keen eye so you can make an informed choice.

5. Create an authentic profile

After having decided on the video chatting app, you need to create a profile. These pointers should help you create a genuine profile:

  • Give a brief description about yourself in which you mention your likes, dislikes and interests.
  • If you plan to put up a picture, keep it candid and informal with enough light coming on

your face. The photo should be an honest depiction of you and your personality.

  • Clearly mention your reason for joining the video chatting portal so that only those with similar intentions will approach you.
  • State your expectations from people. For instance, if you are an outdoor person

interested in treks and sailing and seek friends with similar hobbies, it’s best to mention it clearly in the profile. This helps filter out a lot of the crowd. In fact, many of the apps have filters where you can put in your likes and expectations and it will only show you similar profiles. This helps sift out the bulk of the uninteresting people.

6. Do not divulge personal details

Even though most of the video chatting portals are end-to-end encrypted and follow all safety procedures, it is still best not to disclose any personal details in the initial conversations. Abstain from giving out details like residential address, pictures, and other information. Get to know the person well, understand him/her and know his/her intentions, only then reveal more of yourself. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry!

7. Keep conversations casual and informal

Video chatting is an excellent way to meet new people without having to step out of your home. It is a great way to interact and exchange ideas and thoughts without making an effort to go out. However, it can be slightly intimidating and awkward to initiate conversations with a total stranger. To keep the flow of interactions and make them attractive, it is best to avoid serious discussions. Avoid speaking about political and religious matters. Do not get into very personal conversations in the first few times. These types of talks can put a person off and make them wary of your intentions.

It is best to keep the chats fun, casual and informal. In fact, many of the video chatting apps like Camfrog have interesting features like Gifts and Stickers, where you can give virtual gifts to your new friends. These work as great ice-breakers and also ease out the conversations. Besides these, you can also join the public chat rooms where you get to meet more people and have common topics to discuss. There are topic or interest-oriented chat rooms that you can be a part of depending on your interest.

8. Speak as much as you listen

Conversations are two-way, so it is pertinent to speak as much as you listen. Monologuing is undoubtedly not the way to make new friends. Share your point of view on matters but also be interested in listening to the other person. It will make the chatting sessions more interactive and help you find out more about the person. In fact, you should encourage the person to speak by asking him/her about their interests, likes, dislikes and more. Forge a healthy relationship from the start, and who knows, it might blossom into a long-lasting bond.

9. Avoid downloading files from strangers

File sharing in the form of pictures, videos and audios is an excellent feature that a lot of video chatting apps have. It makes conversations more interactive and inclusive. You can share photos about your latest holiday or exchange YouTube videos about exciting debates and discussions. This feature most definitely makes interactions more exciting but it is best avoided in the initial days. Get to know the person well and only then share files of any form with him/her. If you are a part of a public chat room, avoid downloading files sent from strangers. It could possibly be a virus or malware to hack into your laptop and get personal details. Be vigilant about what you are sharing and receiving.

10. Focus on good video and audio quality

Another critical aspect of finding friends through video chatting portals is to have clear audio and video capability. You cannot have time-lags and pixelated images while chatting. It will disrupt the flow of conversation. So ensure that you have a stable, high-speed broadband connection. Also, get a high-resolution webcam for better image quality and pick up a pair of headphones with a microphone for better audio.

11. Multi-platform support

You might choose to use an Android device today but later switch to an iPhone. If your video chatting portal does not have multi-platform support, it will disrupt your budding friendship. So lookout for a video chatting app that supports all kinds of platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows and Linux. Also, regularly update the app so that the speed is reduced and it does not take up too much space on your device.

Some of the popular and safe video chatting apps

Here are some of the user-friendly, safe and popular video chatting apps that you can check out to make new friends.

1. Camfrog

It is a fun, interactive and user-friendly app. It has the best security features keeping conversations secure. But what sets it apart are the entertainment features. You can have fun with the gifts and stickers available in the Virtual store. Use the public chat rooms to have conversations with a large number of people and discuss your hobbies and interests. You can make interactions more fun by playing games. The app has a list of enjoyable games that can be great conversation starters too. If you want to have a more personal chat with your new friend you can choose to communicate in a room type called “pond”. All these and more make Camfrog one of the most popular video chatting portals in the US.

2. Zoom

Zoom is one of the most popular video chatting apps today. It is a mix between a work and socializing app. It allows up to 50 people to chat together regardless of having an account. You can choose from a wide array of virtual backgrounds for an online party, use screen-sharing to watch any live shows together and also have private conversations through breakout rooms. It also has a polling feature that gives you live results in a game and a whiteboard with an annotation feature for games like Pictionary.

3. Paltalk

A fun and entertaining video chatting portal, Paltalk is a safe way to reconnect with old friends and find new ones. Akin to Camfrog, it has excellent privacy settings that make chatting safe and secure. This feature-heavy app can make conversations enjoyable and interactive through its fun filters, virtual gifts, and chat rooms.

Get ready for a lot of fun with these apps on weekend nights and in-between those long, boring work calls.

Conclusion

Video chatting is an excellent alternative to finding friends when a physical meeting is difficult. And with the modern feature-heavy video chatting portals, it is almost like meeting someone in real life. It has made it convenient and safe to find new friends and also keep in touch with old ones. Every app is trying to better itself as compared to the other, offering an increasing number of features. Today, you can not only speak and see them but also share pictures, videos, audios and much more through this medium. However, it would help if you did not get swayed by all the glam and gloss of video chatting portals and instead be vigilant while choosing

the app. Ensure that you check all the boxes of the checklist mentioned above for an enjoyable and seamless video chatting experience.

Camfrog Rewards!

We’re excited to announce something new and exciting: Camfrog Rewards 🎉

Starting today, we’re bring you new ways to earn free Camfrog Virtual Gifts, just for doing things you already do every day! Starting today, you can now complete daily streaks to increase your progress to earning free Virtual Gifts! Right now, when you start a Camfrog Live broadcast every day, you’ll earn progress towards free gifts. Send a gift every day to increase your daily streak to earn free gifts even faster! Not only that, each time you send a gift, you’ll increase your progress as well! Want to see how far away you are to your next free gift? Login to your profile on Camfrog.com
You’ll also get a one-time boost when you upload a profile photo!

We’re so excited to bring Camfrog Rewards to you, and can’t wait to continue to add new benefits and bonuses, as well as more ways to earn free rewards!

Camfrog Live Top Five Broadcasters Give Back!

For the month of June, Camfrog Live Top 5 are giving back to you! Send a “Top 5” Gift to any broadcaster, and you’ll be entered to win a free upgrade, or free coins!

In addition to that, each of the Top 5 broadcasters can earn 5 free gifts to give back to any 5 Froggers they choose!

The Prizes

For Sending a Top 5 Gift

Send a “Top 5” gift to any Camfrog Live Broadcaster before July 1st, and you’ll be entered to win one of many prizes!

Top Five Gives Five

At the end of the promotion, each of the Top 5 will be able to send a special prize to any 5 members they choose, and YOU get to determine which prizes the broadcasters give:

1st Place

The Top 5 who’s gift gets sent the most will get to give any 5 people of their choosing a Month of Camfrog Gold (each a $45 value!)

2nd Place

The 2nd most sent Top 5 broadcaster will get to give any 5 people of their choosing a 1,010 Camfrog Coins Pack (each a $20 value)

3rd Place

The 3rd most sent Top 5 broadcaster will get to give any 5 people of their choosing a Month of Camfrog Extreme (each a $10 value!)

4th Place

The 4th most sent Top 5 broadcaster will get to give any 5 people of their choosing a Month of Camfrog Pro (each a $7 value)

5th Place

The 5th most sent Top 5 broadcaster will get to give any 5 people of their choosing a 110 Camfrog Coins Pack (each a $5 value!)

Ready to go? Join a Live Broadcast and send a Top 5 Gift to a broadcaster now!

Note: Gems are only earned on gifts received while broadcasting in Camfrog Live

Mardi Gras on Camfrog!

Spring is coming, and that means it’s almost time for Carinval or Mardi Gras and we want you to join the celebrations!

Camfrog Mardi Gras Beads

Are you the Mardi Gras King or Queen? Want to win a lifetime Camfrog Gold membership? Send or Receive some Camfrog Mardi Gras Beads Virtual Gift and you could be a winner!

Every time you send or receive this special gift, you’ll be entered to win a lifetime Camfrog Gold membership. On March 5th, we’ll announce 3 winners: The winner for the most Camfrog Mardi Gras Beads SENT, the winner for the most Camfrog Mardi Gras Beads RECEIVED, and One random Camfrogger who sent or received a Camfrog Mardi Gras Beads gift.

In addition to a Lifetime Camfrog Gold membership, we’ll also announce our Mardi Gras Royalty on March 5th. The 3 winners above will receive a special Mardi Gras King or Queen nickname flair icon that will last for 40 days! Along with the 3 Lifetime Gold winners, we’ll also randomly give a Mardi Gras King or Queen nickname flair every day to 1 Camfrogger who sends or receives any gift from the Mardi Gras Virtual Gifts Category!

Meet the Camfrog Mardi Gras Royalty:

March 2nd: Our first inductee into the Camfrog Royalty is scottishbird who won an exclusive Mardi Gras Royalty Crown to wear for 40 days!

March 3rd: Our second member of the Camfrog Mardi Gras Royalty is: Small who is now wearing an exclusive Mardi Gras Royalty Crown.

March 4th: Our 3rd member of the Camfrog Mardi Gray Royalty is: unlikeme199205 who also is now sporting an exclusive Mardi Gras Crown

March 5th: Our 4th member of the Camfrog Mardi Gras Royalty is: <<<DAVID>>> who is now the proud wearer of the exclusive Mardi Gras Crown!

We’d like to send a big congratulations to our Camfrog Mardi Gras Beads winners, and inductees into the Camfrog Mardi Gras Royalty:
For the most Mardi Gras Beads Sent: 8s
For the most Beads Received: Pakistan
And our Random Chance winner: “Lemon”

Meet the new girl on Camfrog, Milliebbgrill

Written by Milliebbgrill

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New Camfrog broadcaster, Milliebbgrill

I’ve been on social platforms for a long time and I have always loved the ‘live’ aspect of broadcasting. Having real time conversations with thousands of people around the world is just insane to me (in a good way).

 

I am a photographer, cosplayer, and model. I absolutely adore Japanese culture and entertainment. Camfrog has already been a wonderful place to share my creativity. Even only being on Camfrog for a short time I have met so many wonderful viewers and streamers who share the same morals as me and I consider them good friends of mine. One broadcaster, EllieBella, completely took me under her wing and showed me the ropes and everything I could do and share with my new audience.

 

What I Stream:

I mostly stream behind the scenes of making and designing my cosplays and I am hoping to start doing more live streaming of photoshoots and collaborations. I also have a love for music, so I am normally blasting some house/EDM while I broadcast. I stream everyday in the morning and in the evening, but I like to play with my schedule to include all time zones, but I always have my live time in my bio so you guys know when to expect me. I do a lot of giveaways and early access to new content for loyal viewers that stick by me!

Want to learn more about Milliebbgrill?! Follow her and keep an eye out for when she goes live next!

VictorVarnadoNYC, a new broadcaster to watch

 

Written by Victor Varnado

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After being in movies with
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Eddie Murphy I never would have imagined I would be on Camfrog. But I’m so happy I am.

So what am I doing on Camfrog?

The short version of the story is that after working for a long time in television and film I thought it might be time to use my producing skills to make something for myself.

An energetic guy named Michael introduced me to the platform. At first, I thought that Camfrog was mostly one thing: Attractive women talking to the camera.  I mean, that’s not a problem and many of the people I met since signing on to the platform have been fantastic.

A high point exploring the platform had to be stumbling on to a channel featuring a woman that goes by Highness_ .  She has her broadcast tricked out with an analog mixes, a high-end mic, and a DJ station. Now I started to get pretty excited.

Why? Because in my career in media I have always wanted to know what more could be done with any format. Michael suggested that I experiment so that’s exactly what I am doing. I decided to create a live series on Camfrog called Victor Varnado: I think I’m Having Fun.

Screen Shot 2019-02-08 at 11.35.17 AMEvery week I’ll have two shows that will always happen at the same time and special events that will be announced.
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NYC Talent Show, one of New York’s longest-running performance art open stages with comedians, musicians, dancers, and whatever else you can think of taking the stage for 6 minutes at a time every Sunday at 9 PM EST.  If you are in New York you can come down to The Creek and The Cave and see the show live or be in it.
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TERRIBLE AT POOL is a talk show where I play a guest in pool. I’m terrible, but at least I’m funny.  We make bets along the way while trying to win 2 out of three games. Entertainers from all disciplines will be my guests.

Also coming up I will be attending a digital LARP event, hosting a rap battle, be taught how to meditate, hang out with an off-duty dominatrix, and whatever other nonsense I can get into. New blog posts with schedules every Monday or find them on my website.

You can also follow me on Instagram or Twitter for updates.
Follow me on Camfrog. I’m VictorVarnadoNYC

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF ALL VICTOR’S UPCOMING EVENTS

The Raw Truth On Being A Successful Live Streamer- As told by EllieBella

Written by EllieBella

First of all, not many people like the way they look or sound on camera. If you’re anything like me, your first couple of streams will feel like the first day at a new school or job, a little awkward. Once you meet a few people, that feeling goes away!

It took a bit for me to earn the trust of my fans. Keeping a schedule really helps me make sure no one misses out on the fun! I always go live at 7PM CST, 7 days a week!

SOCIAL MEDIA is so important! Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Emails, or texts – Share your broadcasts with anyone you can! Exposure is a good thing.

Being camera ready sounds so cliche, but it doesn’t hurt.

Don’t get me wrong, I have my pj’s with a messy bun streams. Though most of my streams I try to look as put together as I can without going too crazy.

Don’t be scared! Everyone is terrified of saying the wrong thing, tripping over a cord, or stubbing their toe. It’s natural to be nervous, it’s live!

Ellie advice– brush off any fear you may have. My fans see me on my good days and my bad days. I’ve had countless of embarrassing moments. It’s all about rolling with the punches and being able to laugh at yourself too.

My moderators are my everything! Not only do they know what kind of phrases I don’t appreciate, they know me. We chat throughout the stream & I’m not having to key out any trouble makers on my own. Find a few users you can trust and you’re chat will run nice and smooth with the extra hands on deck.

Equipment.. Would you honestly believe me if I told you that I made my first $500 dollars streaming off of my phone? Stepping it up on my PC with a few very helpful items definitely did a lot for my broadcasts, but if your starting out with a decent phone, don’t fret, below are some helpful (and affordable) streaming must haves.

Everyone says thiseven I was a skeptic when I first got on my own live stream, BE YOURSELF. Nothing at all has gotten me farther than being absolutely and completely me. I’m goofy, I tell stories, we play games, raffles, I laugh at myself even before others can. Your confidence will shine so much brighter than any persona. Going live as YOU means you never have to fake it. I promise, your fans will love you more for it.

Have a little space you like to stream at. I can stream anywhere on my phone, but when I like to settle in, I have a spot that I call my “broadcast corner”. It’s set up with a backdrop and all the things I need to have fun on my stream are within reach!

5 minutes! Every streamer needs to hop off screen for a few moments every once in a while. If you put up a sign while you’re gone, you’re fans know you’re coming right back!

Commit to your live and your fans. I have a passion for streaming. Meeting people virtually and letting them get to know who I am while I learn about them is special to me. Showing that you’re passionate about what your doing & being consistent can take you a long way.

It’s not over when the camera is off. I am in contact with my fans and other streamers all the time! Social media gives me a way to let my fans know whats going on with me and my daily life.

There is no secret code or algorithm. Trust me, I’ve spent countless hours trying to figure this one out. Streaming live is taking a chance on yourself and showing the world what your made of! There is no recipe for that.

 

Want to tell EllieBella what you think? Talk to her when she goes live next, on Camfrog

15 Years of Camfrog

In 2003 something wonderful happened. A brand new live group video chat app appeared, ready to connect people all over the world. Before iPhones and Androids, there was Camfrog. 15 years later, Camfrog still leads the world in group video chat, has helped many people meet new friends from all over the world, and even helped a few people meet the loves of their lives! In the last 15 years, hundreds of millions people have used Camfrog to connect with new friends and chat about their passions, and recently find exciting new people to follow on Camfrog Live. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank each and every one of you, and hope we can continue to be the best video chat and streaming platform for 15 more years! — The Camfrog Team

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Camfrog Live star AbbyPoblador is a referral mastermind. Over the past few months, Abby‘s one link accounts for more than 25% of all clicks from referral links! How does she do this so well? We asked her.

Q: How did you first hear about Camfrog?
A: Someone from your team sent me a message about it on Instagram.

Q: How long have you been on Camfrog?
A: Nearly 4 months.

Q: How often do you broadcast live on Camfrog?
A: Around 5 days a week.

Q: What are your favorite features about Camfrog?
A: Virtual gifts.

Q: What is your secret to a successful broadcast.?
A: I always talk to my viewers like the way I talk to my friends. I don’t treat them like just my fans. I try to remember their names and greet them when I see them join in and always acknowledge the ones who send virtual gifts. I ask them about their day, tell them about my day, and occasionally I give them love and sex advice as I used to be a sex columnist for a popular men’s magazine here in the Philippines. I’m not afraid to be myself. I say what I want to say. I don’t like to people-please just to get the viewers to like me. I’m nice when they’re being nice, and I’m mean when someone’s being mean. My fans get to know the real person behind the camera and that’s why they like talking to me.

Q: Did you have a fan base prior to Camfrog? And if so, did you let you fans know you were on Camfrog?
A: Yes I have a fan base, I’m a celebrity model/actress here in the Philippines and yes I let my fans know that I’m on Camfrog.

Q: What advice would you give to a new broadcaster?
A: Be yourself, engage with your viewers and be consistent with your broadcast schedule.

Q: Since joining Camfrog you have gotten more people to install Camfrog using your broadcast link than anyone else. What is your strategy and where do you post your link?
A: Honestly I didn’t know that many people have installed the app from my link because all I did was put my Camfrog link in my Instagram and Facebook page. I think the reason why my fans downloaded it is because I NEVER went live in either Instagram or Facebook. This is the first time my fans get to see and talk to me live on a social media platform. So I think the strategy is, do not make yourself available in every platform. Use just one and your followers will install that app because that’s the only way they could reach you.

Q: If you could broadcast from anywhere, where would it be and why?
A: I like broadcasting at home. It’s my favorite place and it’s where I’m most comfortable.

RAPID FIRE ROUND 

Mobile or desktop? Mobile

Favorite color? Pink

Favorite movie? 300

What’s your weirdest hobby? Reading random things on the internet for hours

Want to ask AbbyPoblador more questions?
Chat with her live, here!