The setup is simple: Activate your webcam and click "play." Then, as people from all over the world pop up one-at-a-time in a box on your screen, you decide whether or not to chat with them.
If you don't like the looks of things, click "next," and the site shuffles you to someone new.
The time of the experiment may say a lot about who I found, but probably says more about me since I would imagine that most really cool people aren’t doing experiments at any time (let alone on a Friday night).
"Luckily we all live in a real world, and we can easily apply the laws of a real world even on an Internet application," said Ternovskiy, who launched Chatroulette in November.
"I hope that with help of criminal law we can finally get the problem out of our shoulders and get existing organizations which usually solve these kinds of problems to help us." Lascivious antics by users have marred Chatroulette's image and presented challenges to winning investors and operating legally in the United States, according to Ternovskiy.
The user interface is a bit more refined and you need to have flash installed to even see how the UI looks like.
Chatroulette is only three-months-old, but it's already all-the-rage, and sparking controversy.
Tinychat is a well known player in the field of hosting free video and p2p chat rooms.