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February 22, 2010

Chatroulette

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This site, created just three months ago by a 17-year-old Russian high school student named Andrey Ternovskiy, is the hottest new online phenomenon since Twitter gained traction.

So much so that it garnered a front page story by Nick Bilton in yesterday's New York Times Week in Review section which began, "Nothing can really prepare you for the latest online phenomenon, Chatroulette."

More: "The social Web site... drops you into an unnerving world where you are connected through webcams to a random, fathomless succession of strangers from across the globe. You see them, they see you. You talk to them, they talk to you. Or not. The site, which is gaining thousands of users a day and lately some news coverage, has a faddish feel, but those who study online vagaries see a glimpse into a surreal future, a turn in the direction of the Internet."

"Chat roulette" — it took me a while to get it.

February 22, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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