Every once in a while, a service or feature comes along that crystallizes everything people love and hate about the Internet. ChatRoulette is definitely one of those services. Plenty has been written already about the new social tool, which is a little like the Internet video version of speed dating.
Last Friday night I had the most awesome conversation on ChatRoulette. And I only had to click through five naked dudes to get there! Won't somebody please think of the children?!
By stackinsidewaysJune 20, in Off Topic. When I clicked on the various rooms, it just had a tiny little box in the upper left where it asks if i want to broadcast from my own cam, and then underneath that is a chatbox with people chatting. I can't see a video box of the person's webcam or anything.
Which is pretty remarkable considering the website seems to be largely comprised of naked men. Chatroulette, which launched only a few months ago, has already become a phenomenon, thanks in part to its ludicrously simple layout. Webcam users are connected to complete strangers, and if they're bored with whoever they're talking to, they can click "Next" and be connected to another randomly selected stranger.
Chatting with total strangers who share your interests has been part of internet since the early days of message board systems. And while text correspondence continues to power many chat rooms, video chat with strangers hasn't really taken off. On Tuesday they launched Airtime to move the friend-discovery component of text-based chatting to video chat.
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Chatroulette, the chat website that hooks up random people around the world via their webcams, started in and enjoyed its glory days in Around that time, it boasted millions of registered users, more than half a million unique visitors a day, and around 35, users online at any given moment. New York Magazine wondered if Chatroulette was "the future of the internet ," and website the Frisky called it " the Holy Grail of all internet fun. And indeed, getting a girl at a house party to ask some guy on the other side of the world to show his genitals, and subsequently have all your friends jump into the frame to yell "Surprise!
The website Chatroulette -- which unites people all over the world for live, random video chats -- has been plagued by awkward, and possibly illegal, nudity since it became wildly popular in February of this year. People who log onto the site with a webcam are thrown into a video conversation with a stranger, who, according to one analyst's report, is likely to be a stranger without pants more than 10 percent of the time. Meanwhile, the site's founder, a Russian teenager named Andrey Ternovskiy, continues to say that he's out to create a "perfect video world" where people can talk across national borders and beyond social cliques and demographics.
Chatroulette is putting naughty users in a time out — permanently. Those who flash their private parts on the anonymous video-chat service will be automatically redirected to an adult Web site that may or may not be Hustler, and their computer will forever be blocked from Chatroulette. The story originally said that Chatroulette "started redirecting pantless visitors to Hustler's Web site, and their computers would forever be blocked from Chatroulette. At first, [they] were banning a hundred thousand users a day, but now, he says, the flasher rate is down to one in two hundred-and Hustler pays for the referrals, giving [Chatroulette], at least for the time being, a healthy revenue stream.