Published: December 17, 2009 - 5:38 PM | Updated: December 13, 2010 - 10:38 AM
In the tradition of "Stranger Chat" rooms like Omegle, a website that sets you up with a random chat partner, Chatroulette is a brand new website for one-on-one text, random webcam and microphone based chat with participants around the world.
ChatRoulette is an interesting website that can be used in a very simple way, and one that will let you communicate with an anonymous person from anywhere in the world. Just like chatting for the first time with somebody you do not know anything about. That is something intriguing and exciting in itself.
The random cam site features full video and sound for 2 way communication as well as a standard text chat area.
Chatroulette, according to an article in The New York Times, is operated by a 17-year-old high school student in Moscow. "I created this project for fun. Initially, I had no business goals with it," site creator Andrey Ternovskiy told Times writer Brad Stone in an e-mail interview.
The user interface is very simple with just a big chat button on the right and two video boxes on the left for displaying your and a stranger’s webcam. Click the “Find Stranger” button to find a random stranger to start chatting. A box may pop up asking for access to your cam and microphone. Hit yes and you are all set. If the person has webcam and microphone, you can see him or her while you are chatting.
Be alert for software that lets someone feed webcam footage of a hot sexy girl on webcam to trick you into signing up to adult webcam sites for more footage.
Most webcams have a feature where you can insert a custom picture instead of the live cam feed of yourself, you get some good reactions when you do that!
Make sure there are no kids in the room if you plan on trying out the Chatroulette video chat service. Parents need to be aware that this service is out there and getting increasingly popular, and it not appropriate for children to see some of the images.
A quick study showed nearly half of the randomly selected users encountered immediately exposed themselves and conducted sexually explicit acts on camera.
If you don't strike up an immediate conversation with the first person you see, you can press Next to go to the next person.
You can use this random webcam chat service to find new friends or to have interesting conversations at any time at http://chatroulette.com