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And online dating services like Woo Me use similar features.
But, in all of those instances, people choose who they will talk to -- or at least what kind of person they'd like to chat with.
"They appeared, one by one, in a box at the top of my screen -- a young Asian man, a high-school-age girl, a guy lying on his side in bed -- and, every time, I'd feel a little flare of excitement," he wrote.
"It started to feel like a social-anxiety nightmare.
The site has been called many things: the new Wild West of the Internet; a speed-dating replacement; a cesspool of porn; a voyeuristic follow-up to Alfred Hitchcock's film "Rear Window"; a way to get people from different social groups to interact.
About 35,000 people are on Chatroulette at any given time, according to a traffic count published on the Web site's homepage.
Several reports suggest people in their 30s will be mocked on the site for being "old." A number of memes have emerged among this young Chatroulette crowd since the site launched. One roulette camera that has flashed on computer screens repeatedly shows the image of a man who looks to have hanged himself in the back of a room.
Some users dress in costumes, ostensibly to entertain their chat pairs. Viability Whether Chatroulette will be more than just a bizarre blip on the Internet pop-culture radar is still up for debate.
Two of the first four video chatters randomly selected for CNN by Chatroulette were naked when their pictures appeared.
The fifth person simply held a sign up to the screen that read: "Please show me your boobs." For better or worse, Chatroulette is going viral on the Web in a big way.