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The site has been called many things: the new Wild West of the Internet; a speed-dating replacement; a cesspool of porn; a voyeuristic follow-up to Alfred Hitchcock's film "Rear Window"; a way to get people from different social groups to interact.Jason Kottke, a prominent blogger, wrote that Chatroulette "is pretty much the best site going on the Internet right now." But even the haters seem to agree that the site generates a certain potentially addictive intrigue -- whether it comes from the rush of meeting a new person, or the fear of seeing a stranger who's not wearing any clothes."On the other hand, I don't think it's something that is a sustainable business, obviously, when you look at the content that's on there." Graham Jones, an author who writes about Internet psychology, said the site will fail because it doesn't work with existing social networks.
The setup is simple: Activate your webcam and click "play." Then, as people from all over the world pop up one at a time in a box on your screen, you decide whether or not to chat with them.
Two of the first four video chatters randomly selected for CNN by Chatroulette were naked when their pictures appeared.
The fifth person simply held a sign up to the screen that read: "Please show me your boobs." For better or worse, Chatroulette is going viral on the Web in a big way.
Use of the site has grown quickly since it launched in November, and mainstream blogs and media organizations are catching on to the phenomenon.
About 35,000 people are on Chatroulette at any given time, according to a traffic count published on the Web site's homepage.
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"They appeared, one by one, in a box at the top of my screen -- a young Asian man, a high-school-age girl, a guy lying on his side in bed -- and, every time, I'd feel a little flare of excitement," he wrote.