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Student discovers the wonders of ChatRoulette

Posted By Helen Holmes On April 14, 2010 @ 2:44 am In News | Comments Disabled

March 28, 2010 was perhaps the only day that I have ever been scared to go on the internet.

I had heard the shocking rumors, and endured the most terrible horror stories; yet I had also watched the reassuringly adorable videos suggesting that maybe the experience wouldn’t be so bad after all.

Either way, it was with great trepidation that I decided to brave perhaps the shadiest of internet websites: ChatRoulette.com. ChatRoulette was created by Andrey Ternovskiy, a seventeen-year-old from Moscow, who loved using Skype to chat with his friends.

As a result, the website he created randomly pairs up strangers for webcam-based conversations. If one wants to leave a chat, he or she can simply click the “next button and move on to a new conversation.

The website has already garnered some famous users, including a man who improvises songs on his piano about the people he chats with, and another interesting guy who likes to dress up in bikinis and sing Lady Gaga songs to the camera.

Sophomore Jackie Lebovits, describes the site as “bizarre, and sophomore Grace Nathans, thinks that “it’s possible to have a good experience on the site, though you do put yourself at risk of “scarring images. As previously mentioned, I had heard rather many bad things about ChatRoulette, including the fact that it was littered with middle aged men of questionable character.

I wasn’t really excited about exchanging pleasantries with motorcycle repairmen from Tennessee by myself, so I did what any other teenage girl would do in my situation: I called for backup. With my friend at my side and my webcam poised, I clicked the appropriate button to start my first chat.

As it turned out, we met some pretty awesome people, including a French teenager who was online with his mom; they were very sweet and fun to talk to.

My friend and I also encountered some German punks, a Brazilian soccer player, and some nice girls our age from Brussels.

One of the unanticipated benefits of ChatRoulette is the diversity.

In just under thirty minutes I met people from all over the world, and some of them barely spoke English! Though the cultural benefits of video chatting with people across the planet are obvious, the cons do slightly outweigh the pros.

Absolutely anyone can use this site, meaning there’s a high risk of meeting someone who you wouldn’t come near with a ten-foot pole in real life.

My advice? Visit ChatRoulette at your own risk, with a buddy by your side, and with a clear sense of when to click the “next button. You never know who you’ll meet.

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