He worked tirelessly, and began to learn German, Spanish, Italian, French, and even some Turkish. By the second week, he could size up a customer’s nationality and address him in his own tongue.
He didn’t, however, take quite as well to the business side of things.
This rankled his uncle, but Ternovskiy didn’t see the problem.
“I couldn’t just make people pay the money,” he says, laughing.
Hundreds of articles and blog posts have asked whether Chatroulette is a fad or a good investment, and if it will change Internet culture forever.
“The Daily Show” ’s Jon Stewart attempted to take his pants off for the NBC anchor Brian Williams while Chatrouletting on the air.
Catman is an Internet celebrity, as is Merton the improvising pianist.
Striking up a conversation with the person next to you on the subway is risky, and potentially time-consuming.
It took him three days to construct a basic version.
A few months later, it was one of the most talked-about social-networking sites in the world. When you log on to Chatroulette.com, you see a sparse white window with two boxes.
When you do decide to stop and engage, things can get a little awkward.
On one of my first Chatrouletting attempts, I found myself talking to a man from Lyons, who had muted the sound.