To protect privacy, the service displays only users' screen names as well as their area codes, which Mr. When they tire of one another or the conversation veers off topic, they can request a new partner.

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About 35,000 people are on Chatroulette at any given time, according to a traffic count published on the Web site's homepage.

The idea behind Chatroulette, a once-hot video chatting startup, was simple: people who signed on to the service were randomly matched with other chatters. You talked with that random person as long as you wanted to, and either party could move on to another randomly matched person at any time.

You can also do audio chat, but in our brief perusing of the site, there didn’t seem to be many people with this enabled.

If you get bored, or just don’t like what you see, you simply click on the “Next” button and move on to the next random chat person.

The site was relatively unknown until it was discovered by the likes of earlier this month, and now it seems you can’t throw a rock without someone talking about it.

On a typical night there are at least 20,000 people on the site chatting with one another, and there is even a Missed Connections site for it now for people that don’t get to share all of the information while chatting, but would like to continue speaking with people they meet.

His last guest post was an analysis of Twitter user data.

It’s no surprise that Chatroulette is the latest media darling.

We soon had detailed data on 2,883 Chatroulette sessions that tied users to geography, gender, appearance, and more.