In early July 2015, temperatures were rising in the boardroom on the top floor of a 12-storey office block in Hammersmith, West London.Marco Nardone, the 28-year-old CEO and founder of social media app Fling, had called an emergency meeting the day after his app was removed from the App Store by Apple for being too similar to the notorious Chatroulette platform.Last Friday night I had the most awesome conversation on Chat Roulette.And I only had to click through five naked dudes to get there!
There are many sites, however, that facilitate real-time exchanges that are as close to face-to-face conversations as you can get online.
If you’re hip to the new video chat site currently in digerati vogue, you’d be quick to congratulate me on the small number of male junk endured, as well as my fortuity in finding someone to talk to.
If you’re only hearing about Chat Roulette now, take my word for it — 5:1 is an amazing stat. According to a recent interview, Chat Roulette’s reportedly 17-year-old creator, Russian computer hobbyist Andrey Ternovskiy, envisioned the site as a friendly, free-to-use social media outlet allowing people to chat with strangers from all over the globe.
That some choose to use it as a low-fi version of “The Circuit” — the instant sex partner search in the movie “Logan’s Run” — just means this is the Internet.
“You don’t see many women exposing themselves,” said my awesome chat partner.