Since peaking in usership in the spring and early summer, Chatroulette has been hemorrhaging traffic, with visits plummeting close to 60% in the US, according to Quantcast.After a brief down period in late August, the site relaunched with improved saftey features, and traffic appears to have bottomed out.“Basically, once we detect a person is naked, he’ll be kicked from our service to another website,”Â Ternovskiy says.Â “So, we’re actually getting revenue from naked men right now.” This is an early animation by Terry Gilliam, from Christmas 1968. Every since my brother introduced me to Monty Python when I was about eight, I’ve been enamored with highly visual absurdist humor.And I especially adore Terry Gilliam’s ability to upend our assumptions of space, time, place, scale, and intention.In fact, New York-based filmmaker Casey Neistat once described the site as “71% Boys, 15% Girls, 14% Perverts.” However, it doesn’t seem like Ternovskiy is fundamentally opposed to any nudity on Chatroulette.The site introduced topical channels two weeks ago, and adult-themed channels have consistently been some of the most popular channels available.
Asked whether they were worried about publishing identifying details of naked or masturbating users, they responded "No one should be masturbating on the site anyway," and explained that Chatroulette says as much every time a user visits the web site.
Having done some critical coverage of several boneheaded AP strategies in digital media over the last few years, I think they see eye to eye with NK regarding the dangers of criticism, and how to respond to it.
I’ve long been frustrated with how stuck-in-the-mud much of the news industry and many journalists regarding their own business models or career path.
“Alright, now I’m outside.”The evasive, confined lifestyle isn’t what you’d expect from Ternovskiy.
Only months earlier, the 18-year-old had entertained drooling interest from the likes of Digital Sky Technologies and Fred Wilson, turning down million-dollar offers for his popular video-chatting service. Nearly every major media outlet wrote about Chatroulette. But six months later, the fickle followers of Web fads have collectively hit the “next” button.