26
Apr
10

Chatroulette


Heard about chatrooms, heard about social networking but this is an interesting concept. Chatroulette (chat-roulette) is a website that pairs random strangers for webcam-based conversations. Visitors to the website randomly begin an online chat (video, audio and text) with another visitor. At any point, either user may leave the current chat by initiating another random connection.

In early November 2009, shortly after the site launched, it had 500 visitors per day. One month later there were 50,000. The site has been featured in The New York Times,[2] New York magazine, and on Good Morning America, Newsnight in the United Kingdom, Tosh.0, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Chatroulette was even parodied in the South Park season 14 episode “You Have 0 Friends”. In February 2010, there were about 35,000 people on Chatroulette at any given time. Around the beginning of March, Ternovskiy estimated the site to have around 1.5 million users, approximately 33% of them from the United States and 5% from Germany.

My office website blocks chatroulette as Adult/Sexually explicit content. And there are reasons for it. Any website like this would be massively abused for spreading pornographic content. Approximately 1 in 10 of feeds from Chatroulette were either users exhibiting themselves in the nude or masturbating.

A video introduction to chatroulette could be found here.

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