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The “Report video as inappropriate” button also seems to provide some comfort, but by judging by the nsfw fare served to me last night, doesn’t provide much of a threat.

One “Roulettee,” when asked what he thought the service was most useful for, responded, “connecting with people around the world.” Yeah, and asking them to show you their boobs.

Considering that I’ve spent an almost embarrassing portion of my life watching porn, this seemed ideal.

Once a week my boss fills my external hard drive with content for me to edit from the comfort of my own home. Except it’s straight content, and mainly solo stuff to boot.

SFWeekly Web Editor Alexia Tsotsis (not pictured left) spent some time early this morning trying out Chatroulette, a website that connects random strangers for a video chat. Harkening back to the days of A/S/L, the random vidchat service Chatroulette is one of those online arenas where not being a white male looking to get off puts you in a definite minority.

Screen shots of some of her more entertaining chats are below the post.

Founded by a 17 year-old Russian high school student named Andrew Ternovskiy, the service is a more successful Omegle, combining elements of the MTV show “Next” with vidchat capabilities.

Aspiring chatees click to play and as an escape latch you or your partner can hit “Next” anytime if you get bored, scared, or have to get back to work.

Anywhere you get a mass of people communicating uncensored (and yes much like 4chan.org, China has not yet blocked Chatroulette) will be subject to typical groupthink behavior like urban myths and requests for interaction better left to the casual encounters section of Craigslist.

Nonetheless, the service’s potential for more substantial acts of communication is formidable.

Chatroulette is what you’d expect it to be, micro-interactive reality TV with a large heaping of cybersex.

While most people are (whether they admit it or not) voyeurs – the fact that Chatroulette lets both participants see each other limits the site’s potential user base to the weirdos – and despite piquing VC Fred Wilson’s interest it doesn’t seem like there’s currently enough weirdos to turn the humble startup into something mainstream.

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