Sunday, April 4, 2010

Chatroulette's male genitalia problem

Chatroulette received 4 million unique visitors in Feburary scoring big on growing popularity. There is just one problem it is estimated that 13% of users are male chatting without their pants on.

Foursquare cofounder Dennis Crowley spotted Andrey Ternovskiy, Chatroulette's 17-year-old founder, in Silicon Valley today.

On Twitter, Dennis wrote, "Just met the founder of chateoulette. Totally didn't play it cool & was starstruck like a teenage girl Twilight fan."

What do you do when you’re 17, you’re visiting the US from Russia, and you’ve created the Internet meme of the moment?

You spend your Friday night camped out in front of an Apple store.

Chatroulette creator Andrey Ternovskiy is a really big deal right now, but he had to wait in line for his iPad along with the rest of us. It was a long wait, so I got him to spend some of it telling me about changes he has in store for the site, which lets you talk to, gawk at or “next” random strangers.

He’s made a subtle but important tweak already: He’s made some changes to the “reporting people” function, which is designed to cut down on the male genitalia that famously crops up throughout the site.


 Andrey Ternovskiy

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