You can't help but feel snubbed the first time this happens but it is a common occurrence. He said he was from Paris but the system froze before we could chat further.Users are ruthless on Chat Roulette and are quick to move on if they don't like the look of their online partner. After a few more false starts we met Pablo - a 36-year-old who said he was an ATM engineer from Chile.
The first 18 people who saw me disconnected immediately.
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. Sometimes I could even watch them reach down, in horrifying real-time, and click “next.” It was devastating.
You then have the choice of either chatting to them or disconnecting and being matched with another user from around the globe.
Hal Niedzviecki, author of 'The Peep Diaries', said: 'Chatroulette is stark because it feels like television.
Yet it had already attracted nearly one million unique users in January according to com Score.
At any given time, tens of thousands of people may be logged on.
On the right is a larger text box where you chat via typed messages. Our first match was with a teenage girl, who hid her face under long lank brown hair.
Trying to be friendly we introduced ourselves but it was soon clear it was going to be an awkward encounter.
My first even semisuccessful interaction was with a guy with a blanket draped over his lap who asked if I wanted to “jack off” with him. Over the course of an hour, I was rejected by what felt like a cast of thousands: a teenage girl talking on her cell phone, a close-up of an eyeball.
It started to feel like a social-anxiety nightmare.
Recently there have been cases of Jo Public finding themselves face to face with celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher and Kelly Osbourne.