Is ChatRoulette the New Facebook?

17 Feb

Look out, because there is a new social networking phenomenon brewing and its called ChatRoulette. Writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, Stephen Hutcheon poses the question:  is ChatRoulette on the cusp of becoming the latest viable internet sensation, or just another website in the long line of online playgrounds catering to narcissists and voyeurs?

ChatRoulette users switch on their webcams, press “play” and are then randomly connected to other users doing the same thing. If they like what they see, users can either begin chatting using text or with a microphone. It’s like using Skype, only you have no idea who you are connecting with. Part game, part social networking site, ChatRoulette breaks all the rules about not talking to strangers on the internet – which is possibly why it has attracted so much attention.

Read the full article and learn more about ChatRoulette here.


4 Responses to “Is ChatRoulette the New Facebook?”

  1. Mark Chard February 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    That sounds cool, but I’m glad I don’t have a young daughter.

    • recordpreserveshare February 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

      Haha, I second that mate! Innovative, but a lil disconcerting.

  2. strawbean February 24, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    definitely not the new facebook!!

  3. Tim Woda March 5, 2010 at 2:34 am #

    Chatroulette is disturbing at best. If you are interested in learning how to block this site, I’ve posted instructions here

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