“I created this project for fun. Initially, I had no business goals with it. I created this project recently. I was and still am a teenager myself, that is why I had a certain feeling of what other teenagers would want to see on the Internet. I myself enjoyed talking to friends with Skype using a microphone and webcam. But we got tired of talking to each other eventually. So I decided to create a little site for me and my friends where we could connect randomly with other people.”

Andrey Ternovskiy, 17-year-old founder of Chat Roulette

(You can read the entire NY Times report/interview here)

What do you get when you allow people to connect randomly and chat with one other random person at a time anywhere in the world? That’s the principle behind http://chatroulette.com, and it’s taken off like gangbusters.

But I didn’t really find out about any of this until I found out that the musician Ben Folds decided to play chat roulette during a concert in Charlottesville, and sing improvisational songs (in the style of a certain youtube star) to his chat partners. The results?

So entertaining for me, and I hope you liked it too! Still doesn’t make me want to play chat roulette, but what a fun five minutes! Have a great rest-of-your-weekend!


  1. #1 Anonymous
    April 11, 2010

    If you have the time and inclination to look through a long thread, here is what anti-Scientology activism looks like on ChatRoulette (Warning – thread contains trolling, derailing, and I think boobs)

  2. #2 Thomas Neil Neubert
    April 14, 2010

    Ethan’s Utube pick is hilarious, watch it and laugh.

  3. #3 Pat Nottingham
    April 8, 2013

    Nearly as funny as Mark Zuckerberg popping up on airtime!

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