This is the chance you take with Chatroulette, a website that generates a live webcam connection between you and a random stranger every time you click "Next" (or press F9 on your keyboard).
If you don't like who you see staring back at their webcam, click to find another random live person and a new face pops up within a second or so. After allowing the Flash plug-in to activate your webcam and microphone, it's time to play "the game," as the site puts it.
You'll see yourself in the bottom window, the stranger on the top, and the option to text chat with them on the right.
You can choose to only chat via audio, too, if desired.
While the site says you have to be at least 16 years old to use this service, there is no age authentication. Not only are you encouraged to talk to strangers, but young eyes can see a naked middle-aged man just as easily as they can find a tween girl singing a Taylor Swift song.
But that's not to say there aren't interesting people to talk to.
His last guest post was an analysis of Twitter user data.Multiple attempts to contact the creators of Chatroulette were unsuccessful.The New York Times reports that the site was created by Andrey Ternovskiy, a 17-year-old high school student in Moscow.It's no surprise that Chatroulette is the latest media darling.
Where else on the Internet can you chat about sports, watch a guy play live guitar, and join a house party in the United Kingdom -- all within five minutes?If you've answered Chatroulette, you've no doubt caught the buzz about this new -- and controversial -- webcam website. For every teenager innocently strumming "Freebird," there's a man engaging in sexual behavior in front of an online audience.