John and I both had the exact same reaction the first time we used chatroulette; For those that don't know and didn't click thru, chatroulette is a service that lets you video chat live with random strangers. My daughter in college tells me it is way more popular than Facebook on her campus right now.
My daughter in high school tells me all the boys in her school are into chatroulette.
Last night The Gotham Gal and I had dinner with our friends John Heilemann and Diana Rhoten.
As dinner was ending, the talk turned to chatroulette and what to make of it. But as Sam Anderson writes in the most recent NY Magazine: On a day when all the tech blogs are discussing what Google's latest attempt at social means for Facebook, Twitter, and Friend Feed, I find myself wondering what to make of chatroulette.
I spent about 30 minutes on Friday night on Chatroulette (very NSFW).
You push the start button and you’re instantly in a video chat with some random person.
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