Chatroulette is an online chat website that pairs random users together for webcam-based conversations.
Visitors to the website begin an online chat (text, audio and video) with another visitor.
This tab also allows users to write an 'about me' section about themselves, including languages they speak and their taste in music, movies and games.
Users can also upload an image of themselves to add to their profile.
However, certain combinations of routers will not allow UDP traffic to flow between them, and then it is necessary to fall back to RTMP.
Initially the site only asked users to confirm that they are at least 18 years old and agree on terms to not broadcast any offensive or pornographic content.
The signup requires a username, email address and password.
An algorithm was developed to successfully filter out large quantities of obscene content on Chatroulette, considering that as much as 30 percent of the 8.5 million monthly unique visitors are under 18 years of age.
Although some people are using the site in not very nice ways -- I am really against it." Early users of the site would frequently encounter users who were naked or masturbating in front of the camera.
According to certain reports and a firsthand test, the majority of the site's users are male and overwhelmingly young, and people in their 30s are usually mocked on the site for being too "old".
There was no requirement for login or registration.
However, the website now requires users to register for free before they can use the features of the website.
Within a year of the site's launch, Chatroulette received criticism particularly with respect to the offensive, obscene or pornographic material that some users of this site were exhibiting. Keith Ablow advised that "Parents should keep all their children off the site because it's much too dangerous for children. This is one of the worst faces of the Internet that I've seen.