Here’s one way Chatroulette has been described: “It’s like speed-dating the entire Internet.”
If you’ve got a camera and a microphone, then you too can participate in ChatRoulette–a kind of chat room with audio and video connecting, on average, 20,000 users around the world.
I only read about it today; when I gave it a test-whirl, I was both fascinated and repelled. It’s even got the attention of the family-values commentators at Good Morning America.
What exactly is it? It’s a bit of an amalgam of everything: Talking in a completely virtual environment in real time. Savoring the ability to boot your chat partner off with the click of a button (or have that person boot you). ChatRoulette is definitely a dizzying experience. I ended up chatting with a bloke in the U.K. until I was unceremoniously booted; then I, in turn, kicked off someone who was boring me.
If we lamented the short attention span of kids before, ChatRoulette is going to push Luddites over the edge.