Friday, 26 February 2010

Chat roulette: You have 2.9 seconds to make a good first impression

I've been mildly amused by the levels of buzz around the web recently on the topic of chat roulette.

Chat roulette , for the un-initiated amongst you, combines an eclectic mix of MSN/Skype-like video chat (via your webcam), speed-dating and my favourite web lucky dip machine StumbleUpon.  In essence, sign up, turn your webcam on and wow, there's some completely random person right there in front of you that you can:
a) chat with or
b)"Next" i.e decide you don't like the look of them for whatever reason and just jump forward to the next person.  Mad.

I found this fun video piece that illustrates it nicely (so you can spend a few minutes and feel like you are up with the latest digital trends without having to talk to loads of random people, or re-apply your lipstick / brush your hair or adjust your tie), and shows off the results of a straw poll. It's humorous, but also makes some interesting points.

It's a crazy world we live in. Enjoy

chat roulette from Casey Neistat on Vimeo.

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