Chatroulette and Omegle: chat rooms with a twist 24 March 10 GMT Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News If, like many, you grew up being ordered not to talk to strangers, the latest internet phenomenon presents both an illicit thrill and a deep-rooted discomfort. The two sensations are key to the buzz around chat forums Chatroulette and Omegle, in which strangers are randomly connected with each other online.
Both developed by teenagers - Chatroulette by year-old Russian Andrey Ternovskiy and Omegle by year-old American Roulete K Brook canada chat rooms the main difference between them is that a webcam is required for Chatroulette. When you log on, if you don't like the person you see or what they're doing you hit "next" or "disconnect" on Omegle and automatically get a new, equally random connection.
You cannot choose the person you want mam speak to. Vlogger verdict Video blogger Casey Neistat made a video about his experiences of using Chatroulette.
During filming 19 out of 20 of his random chat buddies clicked away from him in under three seconds. While it was cat he soon found that his own Chatroulette behaviour was equally fickle.
He proved his theory with the help of female friend Genevieve who had far more luck, holding conversations for a minimum of two minutes with nine out of ten of her chatbuddies both male and female. At its best, says Mr Neistat, Chatroulette is rojlette that transports you around the world into a stranger's life, over and over again".
There are charming stories of teen chat numbers characters like the "piano man" who improvises songs to the chat buddies that he encounters. There's also the potential thrill roullette a brush with a celebrity - popstar Katy Perry has said she is a fan of the site. However there are far more unsavoury stories of people clicking "next" only to be faced with genitals and various sexual acts.
Random video chat with strangers netherlands
The rolette forum is not a place for the faint-hearted - or the squeamish. As part of his experiment Mr Neistat connected with 90 people in one afternoon. So what is it that encourages strangers to be so overt with each other?
One of the great taboos in social organisations is revealing the body - put any constraint on a human being and they want to react text new friends it. Whether this is youthful naivety or a clever bit of PR, both insist that despite the sleazy antics that have become part of the furniture, their noble intentions of reinvigorating people's social lives have been realised.
That's all fine, but it's also important to interact with people who are different from you," said Mr K-Brook. Tony Neate, managing director of campaign group Get Safe Online, says this sort of internet experience comes with a strong health warning.
chay For parents it's got to be a concern. Like any contact if you pursue it and take it to the point where you identify yourself then you've lost control.