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A new Web sensation called Chatroulette feels like a throwback to the early s, when online chat rooms brimmed with lonely strangers looking for meaningful connections, meaningless sex, or something in between. But this time, there's a twist: Everyone on the site has a webcam. Chatroulette randomly links users with strangers who could be anywhere in the world. If you don't like the person who pops up on the screen, just click "Next. The result can be unpredictable and raw, like a slap in the face, but also refreshing, a peek into someone else's life.
It's far from the sanitized worlds we create for ourselves on sites such as Facebook, where we mainly connect with friends, family and people with common interests. Next up was a blur of flesh-colored mass.
A blanket? A person? It didn't seem worth it to stick around and find out.
To be clear, Chatroulette bans "obscene, offending, pornographic material" and says it will block users who violate these rules, though that does not seem to trouble some people. Then, a young woman wearing headphones popped up on the screen.
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Would she hit "Next," like the others before her? The conversation went something like speed-dating, a little choppy at first but kind of intriguing. She was eating a bag of potato chips.
To start, click "Play," and the site connects you to a random person until you, or the other person, hit "Next. You can also enable audio.
Some folks have used it to play music to their chat partners in hopes of getting them to dance. People don't need to register to use Chatroulette, though the site asks they be at least 16 years old.
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It's free to use and has just one understated, text-only advertisement on the bottom of the screen. The creator of Chatroulette did not respond to messages from The Associated Press.
At any given time, tens of thousands of people may be logged on, taking their chances on a finding a meaningful connection, just like a game of roulette. As Chatroulette takes off, so are copycats and Web sites that collect screen shots showing the best, worst and grossest pairings of people.
Some people record video of their sessions and post them on YouTube. A recent search yielded more than 1, "Chatroulette" .
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Niedzviecki says Chatroulette is yet another iteration of how we are slowly replacing scripted material with other people's lives as entertainment. But when we do, some troubling questions arise. Chatroulette, after all, is not TV. One widely circulated black-and-white image from the site shows what looks like a man who hanged himself.
In some cases, people set up their computers to show prerecorded video rather than a live webcam feed, possibly to witness a stranger's reaction to, say, a man slapping a woman so hard she falls out of her chair. The concept of Chatroulette is not entirely new. Sites such as Omegle.
And so the troubles that come up aren't new either. While some viewers called police, it was too late to save the year-old. Chatroulette, like so much else on the Internet, is not for. Sit in front of it long enough and you probably will see a naked person. For people who don't normally seek explicit content on the Internet, this may even be one of the site's appeals, says Robert Thompson, pop culture professor at Syracuse University.
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As for meaningful connections? Chatroulette is kind of like striking up a conversation with a person next to you on the bus or in a bar. You'll probably never see him or her again, but that doesn't mean the talk was worthless. Hello, stranger: the ups and downs of Chatroulette.
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