You can start typing, or click “next” and a new stranger appears. While the site’s popularity is growing — a recent visit showed more than 50,000 people using it simultaneously — so too is opposition, stemming mostly from some users’ decision to broadcast in the nude.“I’ve just heard that it’s really freaky,” says Gillian Rich (COM’11).In mere minutes, Samantha Ricks and Jennifer Choi watch an American soldier in Germany eat cereal, extol the beauty of Indiana to an Austrian artist, and try to get two young men to admit that they’re lying about being French, all without moving from their cramped table in Espresso Royale on Commonwealth Avenue.
Who am I kidding, you probably already feel that way, what with all the sexy, scary, and did I mention sexy Disney art out there.Chatroulette, a Web site connecting random users via video, could be the next big thing online. In an interview in the bedroom where he grew up, 17-year-old Moscow student Andrey Ternovskiy who created the site talks about money and ways to rid his site of half-naked perverts.Ternovskiy: A thousand rubles a week, that's about 25 euros. SPIEGEL ONLINE: We're wondering whether you know how to handle money.I always knew who was waiting for me and who I would be speaking to.So I searched Google for a video chat program that operated in a more random way. So I sat down and wrote software for two days and two nights. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Did you expect this level of interest?