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Gay Roulette: Who’s Going to Be Next?
Got nothing to do? Are you extremely bored? Then, you’ve probably haven’t heard of gay roulette. It’s the newest internet craze and as one blogger puts it, it is the internet uncensored. Basically gay roulette is like chat roulette, but with specific target gay users.
For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of chat roulette, it is a chat website. But unlike ordinary chat websites, chat roulette pairs you off with a random stranger. You can simply chat with stranger through text or you can use webcams and audio devices. The website initially pairs you off with an online chatter, if at any point you want to leave the current conversation you’re in you just click on a link which initiates another random connection. A user whose chat mate clicks the link to a random connection, is referred to as being “nexted”.
The website was created by Andrey Tenovskiy, a seventeen-year old high school student from Russia. The site was launched late in 2009, and started with around 500 users each day. A month after it was launched, the number of users went up to as high as 50, 000. Currently, there are about 1.5 million users and at any given time each day, there are about 35,000 users online. With that kind of statistics, it really shows how much fun and exciting using chat roulette must be.
The website has already been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and New York Magazine. It was also featured on Good Morning America and The daily Show with Jon Stewart. It was even imitated on an episode of South Park.
Celebrities are also into chat roulette. Kelly Osbourne, Justin Bieber, Daniel Tosh, Ashton Kutcher, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, Kevin Smith, and Paris Hilton are just some of the celebrities who admitted that they have used chat roulette.
The site has also been used to stream performances. For example, Faith No More streamed their performance at the Soundwave Festival, in Melbourne, Australia, last February 27, 2010.
The fun of using this site probably comes with the excitement of not knowing who you’re going to be paired up next. The people you meet at sites like this are completely random. You could meet anyone from almost everywhere. You could be paired up with a person wearing a mask dancing to the tune of “Careless Whisper.” There are chatters who go online impersonating different celebrities. There is one person who acts as if he’s a psychotherapist and talks with you as if you were mental patient. There are even reports of chatters setting up a pretend murder scene just to scare their chat companion. You might even get paired up with someone wearing no clothes at all.
There are a number of gay roulette sites on the internet right now. Some men chat on gay roulette sites to look for someone to go out with. Others are just in it for the fun and the unexpected scenes.
Gay roulette site are a great way to meet people. Put in mind, however, that whatever you do while chatting could be taken as a screen shot by your chat companion. Just a word of advice—just be careful. And have fun!
Gay Roulette Sites Monitored
If you’ve been wary about using Gay Roulette in recent years because of wariness due to lewd and inappropriate content, now may be the time to jump in again. The Russian video chat site, which claims to be the largest in the world with over twenty million users monthly, recently announced that it was taking steps to clean up its site, using both human and electronic methods. These steps included hiring 32 full-time reviewing agents and utilizing optical recognition techniques that are capable of recognizing genitalia to weed out users who were chatting in the nude.
Gay Roulette | History
For those of you who are not familiar with Gay Roulette, here is a brief history of the new phenomenon. The first site for heterosexual was created by Andrey Ternovsky, a 17-year old student from Moscow and launched in late 2009 to great success, with the number of users jumping from an initial 500 to 50,000 in the space of just one month. The name chat roulette was inspired by the 1978 movie The Deer Hunter, in which some of the characters infamously played Russian Roulette. The intention of the site is to allow users to connect with other users randomly in a non-threatening and casual fashion.
What Is Gay Roulette?
The way Gay Roulette works is that when a user logs in, the site initially displays two video boxes. The user is then randomly connected with another online user, with their live images appearing in the video boxes; there is also a sidebar for optional text chat. If they want to terminate the conversation and chat with another user, they can click on the next option. Because of the random nature of the chatting, an online conversation can last for only a few seconds before a user can move on to another chat partner.
Gay Roulette | Lack Of Regulations
One of the most controversial elements of Gay Roulette was the initial lack of regulation as well as user accountability. Some users would broadcast pornographic images to their chat partners or even perform inappropriate sexual acts while chatting with them. This was particularly problematic due to the presence of underage users; although the site requires users to be at least sixteen years old, it is hard to enforce this prohibition in practice. In order to address this problem, the site administrators implemented a system which allowed users to report offensive behavior; when a user has been reported by three different chatters within five minutes, they are blocked from using the site for a maximum of 40 minutes. In 2011, however, bans last 24 hours but without the necessity of user complaints since the user reporting button has been removed. Despite this, unregulated behavior continued on the site, which led the site’s owners to implement the measures recently announced.
Meanwhile, Gay Roulette chat continues to try to make itself relevant in the wake of increased competition from sites such as Tiny Chat. It recently announced a contest for a new logo and site design, with a $1,000 prize for each. There are also new projects in the pipeline that the site’s owners are keeping under wraps for now but which they are confident will reignite interest in Gay Roulette again.