"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!
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)
Ethan's Utube pick is hilarious, watch it and laugh.
Nearly as funny as Mark Zuckerberg popping up on airtime!