If you’re plugged into the Twitter or the Facebook, or still receive the odd forward from your goofy aunt, you’ve likely stumbled upon Chatroulette, the transcontinental Internet sensation.
Developed by Andrey Ternovskiy, a 17-year-old high school student from Moscow, the site has a simple premise: it takes your webcam and randomly pairs it another webcam with the implication that two suddenly connected strangers might chat.
It’s not quite sitting down to a cup of coffee, as In the Loop host Jeff Horwich found out.
Here’s Jeff’s five-minute foray in the strange world of Chatroulette. (As you might imagine, things can—and often–get a little ahh… inappropriate… when you combine a webcam with total anonymity and the opportunity to surprise a stranger.)
Take Jeff’s word for it:
Note: [The interview] contains one borderline NSFW word. (Chat Roulette itself is deeply, profoundly NSFW. As I discovered.)
If you’ve dared to try Chatroulette, what do you make of it? Just another loop in the downward spiral of decency, or a real chance (minus the exhibitionists, etc.) to harness the power of tech to connect with a broader world?