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Chat Roulette!

Have any of you heard about this new Chatroulette phenomenon yet? I keep reading articles on it and hearing people talk about it. Thought I’d share the new chat forum with you guys, in case you haven’t heard of it yet. The general idea behind it is that you can video/audio chat with any stranger at any given time, for any length of time.

Here’s the site: http://chatroulette.com/

Here’s an article about the founder (a 17 year-old kid!): http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/13/chatroulettes-founder-17-introduces-himself/

And an article posted today on Mashable, just better explaining the gist behind it: http://mashable.com/2010/02/17/chatroulette/

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5 Comments

  1. HoniehLayla 13:10, Feb 17th, 10

    Leslie,

    I have heard about this Leslie. I suggest you exercise some caution when engaging in this community.

    Check out this article CNET just published a few hours ago about it. Funny – I logged into the class blog and saw your post..

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-19518_3-10454519-238.html

  2. Leslie 13:58, Feb 17th, 10

    oh yes- definitely MUCH caution! I feel like it’s really blown up with popularity this week and last week for some reason, though. It reminds me a lot of the old AOL chatrooms from back in the day- it seems to be like that all over again, except with video this time.

    I just learned today that a 17-year-old created it. I would have never expected!

  3. nadine 22:38, Feb 17th, 10

    Hi Leslie, it’s funny, I’ve just had a conversation about ChatRoulette today! I haven’t tried it, but it somehow feels like going back to the the anonymous chat rooms of the 90s, don’t you think? Except that you can see the faces of your interlocutor, but the probability that you meet someone you now is minuscule.
    On the other hand, I can imagine that this feature is also just a sort of live peep show…

  4. mushon 09:46, Feb 20th, 10

    One of the interesting things is that it’s not the first or even fifth time people tried this idea. Goes to show how implementation is way more important than ideas.

  5. Ryan 14:55, Feb 20th, 10

    This seems kinda of ‘sketchy’. I think Mushon is right, people are taking old concepts and recycling them into new ways of doing the same old things. It reminds me of FloTV. Essentially, the technological changes and advancements help to facilitate these types of platforms for something like this. Just be careful like the cnet article that Honieh mentioned.