Chatroulette Gets A New, Weird Revamp
Forgotten for months after an extended period of downtime did not result in any noticeable improvement, everyone’s favorite video chat siteÂ Chatroulette has come up with the following solution to its problem of declining traffic: Skins!
After following a cryptic tweet from the @Chatroulette Twitter account (“chatroulette is back ! a new faceÂ chatroulette.com”) down a rabbit hole,Â I discovered that you can now change your background on Chatroulette while you chat. In my brief foray, I’ve seen everything from Greek mythology-theme to rainbow hyper-color to sunburst to paisley to the hot pink we’ve got going on above.
Unfortunately the video part of the chat doesn’t seem to work for me on my own computer at the moment, and I had to switch computers to get the above screencap. On my about my fifth try, I got asked to take a user survey which may or may not have won a me a free iPad. There is also strange, “Go green, date your neighbor” link at the bottom of the site which leads toÂ Singles-roulette.com.Â I didn’t venture any further.
I’ve emailed Chatroulette founder Andrey Ternovskiy to see if he has plans for anything more than an interface refresh and Trapper Keeper-inspired graphics in order combat lagging site traffic and will update this post if/when he gets back to me.
On a more positive note, I’ve yet to see anything NSFW. Maybe the skins are working after all?