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. And now I’m obsessed. 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. 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:
(That’s Jona with me in some of the shots.)
At one point, I decided to point my camera out the window and sit and eat a meal in front of it:
This particular guy I was talking to was like, “WTF?” but lots of other people said “bon appetit” and asked what I was eating. (Salmom with sun-dried tomatoes and pesto, for the record.)
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. You just click it and get someone else. As a result, most conversations last all of two seconds. Some folks, I quickly discovered, don’t even want to talk. They just want to hit “next next next” and see as many different people as possible. But it’s definitely possible to find cool/smart/fun/interesting/ attractive people and have long conversations.
(And now I have to get back to work on my book
(Bye-bye, Chatroulette. See you again soon…)