Will Naked Body Parts Return to Chatroulette?
August 23, 2010
ChattahBox)—Chatroulette is mysteriously off line today, with the website assuring users a newer and better version will be operational later in the day. The risque webcam chat, noted for its addicting randomness and lots of naked penises, has been receiving more vocal criticism of late, over its sexually related content. And there has been talk of sanitizing the popular visual chat. So, now Chatroulette users are anxiously awaiting the launch of the upgraded service, hoping it has not been turned into a PG bore.
Visitors to the Chatroulette website today, are receiving a cryptic message, instead of the expected anonymous penises, other naked body parts and plain weirdness.
“The experiment #1 is over now. Thanks for participating. Renewed and updated version of the website will be launched today.”
Hmm, what “experiment” exactly? Has Chatroulette been one big sociological cosmic joke of an “experiment” to prove how perverted we all are?
Probably not. More likely, Chatroulette is being reconfigured to expand the use of its new subject-specific chat “channels,” as suggested by PC Magazine:
“In April, Chatroulette founder Andrey Ternovskiy said the site was working on its reporting function to cut down on the amount of male genitalia that appeared on the site. The controversy didn’t seem to hurt its popularity; the site won the Breakout of the Year Award at the 2010 Webby Awards.”
“Last month, the site added some new features, including the option to chat with users nearby, as well as “channels” intended to connect people on particular topics. At launch, there were 70 user-created channels, and – surprise, surprise – the most popular channels were of a sexual nature.”
So, the new and improved Chatroulette, may offer less randomness, less nudity and less fun.
We shall see.