If you haven’t heard of Chatroulette, I don’t know what to say, other than you must not be paying much attention on the interwebs! Chat Roulette is probably the most famous of any website dedicated purely to chatting. It quickly went viral and rose to fame due to the “random” or “roulette” nature in which it pairs one user with one single other user. Well, that and the fact that it is a webcam chat session, not just simple text. You see, simple text “roulette” came out quite a while before Chatroulette ever did, and it was pioneered by a different site that also is hugely popular to this day, Omegle. Chatroulette, of course, took the concept a large step further by incorporating video, and the crazy pranks and other not-as-fun things people would do on video helped propel it to viral-status, and then subsequently it’s current steadfast leadership position in the online chatting niche.
Anyway, although Chatroulette may not be the grand-daddy of “roulette” or “random” chatting per say, the amount of attention it brought to the niche was extraordinary, and greatly benefited everyone involved, most especially sites like Omegle and iMeetzu. You see, the increased attention to this style of chat really peaked everyone’s curiosity, and curiosity leads to more visitors. With more people exposed to and experiencing this “new” form of chatting, it then followed that more people would also return. Thus, as sites already in the niche for text chatting added video into the mix and made themselves as alternatives to Chatroulette, their popularity grew dramatically.
As for Chatroulette itself, the site remains popular to this day. It has gone through quite a few changes since its beginning in order to try and solve the problem of males exposing themselves, and whether or not it has been successful in reducing such unsightly episodes is up for debate. I suppose the most important thing is that they’re trying, so they deserve your visit! Check them out at www.chatroulette.com.