Chatroulette, Maps and Improv - Who's watching whom?

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Have you been to Chatroulette yet?  You haven't? What are you waiting for?  For the past few weeks Chatroulette has been clogging up the internet letting people randomly 'hook-up' with strangers through the use of their webcams.

And it seems as though everyone has a webcam now, especially since most laptop manufacturers are building them into the latest model - so you really have no reason why you haven't been over to visit it yet.

I've played on Chatroulette a few times and my impression has been that it's a real-time version of "Hot or Not" and if you're not a girl flashing boobs you're not likely to get very far.  Although in my few brief encounters with Chatroulette I have seen a few sets of boobs, some penises and even some penises doing things to vaginas!  Oh yeah, you can see it all.

The fun of it all is that you get a chance to meet up with totally random people from who knows where doing who knows what at the time that you happen upon them.  And unless you choose to share your contact information with these random strangers it's almost impossible for them to track you down....but not completely impossible.  A new site, ChatRouletteMap, has recently come to town grabbing the IP addresses and images of users and placing them on a Google Map for all to see - so just be careful out there.

If you are going to jump into the depravity of it all, my one suggestion is "Have a gimmick!" Sock puppets seem to be fun, as well as weird hats or even a sign that says "Don't pass me by" because otherwise you'll see more of a black screen than you do of people.  Don't get me wrong, I've had fun on Chatroulette, I've talked to some people in Europe, someone in Alaska and I even saw a Prince Albert up and close.  Just know what you're getting yourself into.

It is a lot of fun though and you never know who you might meet.  Click through to watch a video of a guy playing piano and improvising a song to the people he chats with. 

Apparently it's been revealed (well I guess not revealed) that this is Ben Folds alter ego Merton, go Ben, Go!

Have you played with Chatroulette? Have you seen anything of interest or run across any famous people?

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  • The chatroulette competitior has arrived, http://vtring.com/
    Check it out!

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