I’d been hearing about Chatroulette from friends for the last few weeks.
Then I stumbled upon a New York Times article about it a few days ago. In case you don’t know what it is, and if you’re too lazy to click the links and find out, it’s basically random video chatting with people from all over the world.
Despite the expansion of the service, he still codes everything on his own.
Ternovskiy sought help from his longtime friend Vlad Kostanyan, who helped him with his side projects.
You never know who you’re going to get…or, umm, ahem, what they might be in the process of doing…which is exactly what makes it fun (and scary for some people).
Here are eight different screen shots I took of the randomness and silliness that recently went down: One great (and necessary) feature on this site is that if you don’t want to talk to the person on the other end (for whatever reason), there’s a “next” button. As a result, most conversations last all of two seconds.
1 in 8 spins yielded someone apparently naked, exposing themselves or engaging in a sexual act.
He discusses that he did not advertise or post his site anywhere; in fact, people starting talking about the website and the word of mouth spread gradually.
As the number of active users grew, Ternovskiy has had to rewrite the entire code to cope with the load, the management of which being the most challenging part of his project.
I think it's cool that such a concept can be useful for so many people.
Although some people are using the site in not very nice ways -- I am really against it." Early users of the site would frequently encounter users who were naked or masturbating in front of the camera.
One informal study published in March 2010 shows that nearly half of all Chatroulette "spins" connected a user with someone in the USA, while the next most likely country was France with 15%.