Chatroulette is a website that allows its visitors to video chat with strangers.
The website randomly pairs strangers together for web-cam based conversations. Users are able to leave the chat at any point by initiating another conversation. While the site was not developed specifically for explicit content, it is often used for sexually explicit video chats. Users can 'report' others; after three reports in 150 connections a user gets banned automatically.
Users need to sign up in order to use the site and have to provide a username, email address and password. Additionally, users may expand their profile with name, age, gender, a general introduction and cultural interests. Users may buy premium tokens through PayPal to be enable gender-based filtering of chat partners. The website has been developped in Russia and runs on German servers.
In the news:
- Roulette Russian - The teen-ager behind Chatroulette (The New Yorker, May 2010)