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Chatroulette, the new internet phenomenon

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posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 10:07 AM
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CNN



On Chatroulette, a new and controversial Web site, every click lands you in a face-to-face video conversation with a random stranger.

The setup is simple: Activate your webcam and click "play." Then, as people from all over the world pop up one at a time in a box on your screen, you decide whether or not to chat with them. If you don't like the looks of things, click "next" and the site shuffles you to someone new.



For better or worse, Chatroulette is going viral on the Web in a big way.

Use of the site has grown quickly since it launched in November, and mainstream blogs and media organizations are catching on to the phenomenon. About 35,000 people are on Chatroulette at any given time, according to a traffic count published on the Web site's homepage.

The site has been called many things: the new Wild West of the Internet; a speed-dating replacement; a cesspool of porn; a voyeuristic follow-up to Alfred Hitchcock's film "Rear Window"; a way to get people from different social groups to interact.

Jason Kottke, a prominent blogger, wrote that Chatroulette "is pretty much the best site going on the Internet right now."

But even the haters seem to agree that the site generates a certain potentially addictive intrigue -- whether it comes from the rush of meeting a new person, or the fear of seeing a stranger who's not wearing any clothes.


This is definitely worse than ATS.


Personally, I'm never into this kind of stuff, so it's not supposed to bother me. However upon hearing this new craze somehow I just don't like the sound of it at all. Hence I put it on ATS, I want to hear your opinion regarding this.




posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 10:20 AM
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Hmmm this sounds strange yet intriguing. I will check it out and report back!

Hopefully i don't get some random naked person. As with all things such as this their is the potential for abuse.



posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 10:31 AM
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I just went on it and got some random girl, but i didn't connect my webcam. She disconnected. I clicked next to go to the next person and.....it was a guy with his.....privates out.

Yeah...don't go on that site.



posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 10:41 AM
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The interwebs discovers speed dating



posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 10:41 AM
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Originally posted by Kram09I clicked next to go to the next person and.....it was a guy with his.....privates out.

Yeah...don't go on that site.



Ugh, yea. Tried it out some time ago and never going back to watch dudes and Mr Bate



posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 10:44 AM
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If you're in for a random chat, I would suggest Omegle. Many people are unreliable there too, but at least you know they're not in for a sex cam thing.



posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 10:45 AM
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Thank you for your report Kram09. Sorry you have to go through that.



posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 10:46 AM
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ugh. i got a shot of some dudes crotch in blue underwear.

What has been seen cannot be unseened!

Looks like it's the new fad in wasting your time.



posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 10:48 AM
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I had a guy with his bits in a cabbage the other day


Plenty of girls with their bewbs out too. It's the internet, and it's random, it's not work safe, and it's not children friendly.

Although the Cobra Commander is cool.



posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 10:54 AM
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I went on it for a quick look, I have to admit being able to talk to anyone in the world and sparking up a convo with them is something which could be fun. However TOO MANY MEN with things hanging out.


Trust it to turn to that... well done human kind lol



posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 11:06 AM
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Originally posted by grey580
What has been seen cannot be unseened!


Wow, no wonder they call it roulette, like russian roulette.

Since this is a random webcam, somehow I'm not sure how are they going to moderate it. What if minors are using it?



posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 11:06 AM
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I just went on and I can say what I saw is pretty funny! Sad guys with their penis's out!

I do agree with jazz guy, this site cannot be moderated! Its a bit like that 4chan website but kind of social!

[edit on 22-2-2010 by Freq Of Nature]



posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 11:09 AM
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Old news, that site's been running for a while now. It's just more of the same really, a step-up from Omegle - technologically, but still full of lonely, bored people.

I think one of the first places to sink it's teeth into chatroulette was 4chan, so if you encounter pictures of people on there that look like they've hung themselves then it'll be 4chan, or maybe a real suicide.

Interesting how "real" human interaction is these days.



posted on Feb, 22 2010 @ 01:39 PM
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Well i just checked out Omegel too and that's a much better website.

Sure you can still get random people but so far i've had perfectly normal conversations with people.



posted on Mar, 10 2010 @ 06:51 PM
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Well I went there last night, and I think I experienced pretty much all it had to offer. I actually had a decent conversation with a guy from China, joked around with some guys, and well, I saw heaps of wangers. If this 'outlet' keeps them from whipping it out on public transport, then I say have at it online. Anyway, it was interesting, and I can't say I won't go back. It would be cool if someone famous popped up. BTW the Daily Show did a story on it the other night, and it was pretty funny:



...and here's a cool 6-minute doco on the subject:



[edit on 10/3/10 by Evasius]



posted on Mar, 10 2010 @ 07:01 PM
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Interesting that the site was started by a 17 year old Russian kid. Yes, he's rich now.

'Mom, Dad, the Site Is Expanding'

Chatroulette’s Creator, 17, Introduces Himself

For what its worth - a few places have been sitting up fake webcams and pranking people on there.



posted on Mar, 13 2010 @ 12:02 PM
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Originally posted by Kram09
I just went on it and got some random girl, but i didn't connect my webcam. She disconnected. I clicked next to go to the next person and.....it was a guy with his.....privates out.

Yeah...don't go on that site.


That's been happening pretty much since the invention of web cams and chat rooms.


Pretty interesting that a 17 yr old kid from Moscow with the server under his kitchen table runs the thing. I'm sure he'll be rich soon.



posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 06:52 AM
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Originally posted by Kram09
I just went on it and got some random girl, but i didn't connect my webcam. She disconnected. I clicked next to go to the next person and.....it was a guy with his.....privates out.

Yeah...don't go on that site.


I definitely agree, no way to have a normal chat with someone, that's all about webcams, pseudo porn showing off and all that sad stuff. Really discgusting!



posted on Jun, 10 2011 @ 11:52 AM
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I actually found one of these chatroulette clone that was pretty good in a way (you first got to love the concept) cuz the modos were really active and so i've never seen one pervert or naked man. Iguess it's a good sign.
edit on 10-6-2011 by Celine because: (no reason given)



posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 02:41 AM
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The same is stickcam.com The problem is where are the parents ?
A simple scenerio. Your neighbour watch you nakeding yourself on stickcam he record the video so what will happen ?
sexual blackmail ? or he will say to you don't do it ?
edit on 24-6-2011 by theitalianjob because: (no reason given)



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