Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Twitter? You’ve been out twatted. Facebook? Your status update should read “obsolete.” Google Wave? You…you…well, we still don’t really know what it is you do so we can’t make fun of you.
To all of you social media behemoths, your time has come (in the case of Google Wave, your time came in the crib). Behold the next big thing that everyone will soon get annoyed with: Chatroulette.
It’s a quickie chat room that instantly sets you up with a random stranger from potentially anywhere in the world. Chat rooms have been a festering sore on the ass of the internet since the days of Prodigy (not the band, tweens…although you’re probably too young to even know who Prodigy the band was…just Wikipedia it and let me die of old age), but what really sets Chatroulette apart is its ease of use and seamless integration of webcam.
I don’t have a webcam, so I couldn’t fully appreciate the service, but what little time I’ve spent with it was fascinating. I tried it out this morning and was propositioned for sex by a man in Japan (who also didn’t have a webcam) and summarily dismissed by a bored teenager in Iceland (who did have a webcam and was visibly annoyed I wasn’t a hot Asian chick). It’s kind of like a truck stop glory hole mixed with speed dating, but minus the awkward intimacy.
Chat Roulette made a splash a few weeks back with the One Man, Two Fish mini-meme. I won’t tell you exactly what it is, but it’s a horrifying photo that certain Chatroulette users would show in their webcam feed. Those users would then record the reactions of the people looking at the photo and post them online.
I can’t show you any of those, but here’s a sampling of captured moments from Chatroulette. It’s a prime example of what makes the internet the greatest/most embarrassing innovation of the modern era. (Via Buzz Feed and Know Your Meme)