ChatRoulette:Much stranger than advertised

June 17, 2010

So, after recieving a computer with a webcam, I decided to try chatroulette. Having been told by different people that it was anything from the future of communication to a wretched hive of scum and villany, I made a log of my encounters with various people\

Encounter zero: Does this even work on Linux? Oh wait, I need to go to Adobe’s online settings thing and authorize it to use my webcam. Okay, here we go…

Encounter 1: YE GODS I DID NOT NEED TO SEE THAT. Chatroullete needs to redirect some people to an adult camsite. Or  /b. Or at least give them a warning when it’s the first time the person they’re…demonstrating to has ever used the site. Still I won’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Encounter 2:It’s…a beach ball. Or potentially first contact with some form of round, plastic based alien life. Working off the second assumption, I send it a friendly hello, but nothing happens. It’s probably just on here to observe human mechanisms of reproduction, anyway

Encounters 3-10:People just skip right after connecting. Am I seriously that boring? My self-esteem is wounded

Encounter 11:Oh hey, a real person! She isn’t very fluent in english, but we have a brief conversation about how you can turn a toaster into a flamethrower(putting poptarts in it and not letting them pop up). Then, time to move on. I hope I’m not responsible for enabling some act of terrorism

Encounter 12:This kid is literally 7 years old. How does he even know how to set up the webcam? And what would happen if he ran into…

Encounter 13:I did not know that was physiologically possible.

Encounters 14-17:More skips

Encounter 18:Porn ads. Apparently advertising that they could have videos of xxx chatroullette sessions from your neighbor, your sister, or you, which seems more like “potential blackmail” than “sexy”. I presume they are advertising this so you know where to send your lawyers.

Encounter 19:Another real person! We actually have a fairly in depth conversation about various things, and he seems pretty cool 🙂

Encounter 20:AAAGH I THINK I BURNED MY OPTIC NERVE. Okay, I’m done. This is like reading /b/, except that the disturbing pictures try to come on to you. Goodbye.

So, in the end, I would rate ChatRoulette:

Making interesting connections with people:D-

This just doesn’t happen, at least not often enough for a site where that’s it’s advertised purpose


What chatroulette lacks in social networking utility it more than  makes up for in randomness and demonstrations of how to explode a toaster


Could we just not talk about those parts?



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