Some users dress in costumes to entertain the viewer the site pairs them with, while others play music or host dance parties.
A complicated legal environment surrounds Chatroulette with respect to the sexual activities that occur frequently on the site.
As the number of active users grew, Ternovskiy has had to rewrite the entire code to cope with the load, the management of which being the most challenging part of his project.
Despite the expansion of the service, he still codes everything on his own.
However, certain combinations of routers will not allow UDP traffic to flow between them, and then it is necessary to fall back to RTMP.
I think it's cool that such a concept can be useful for so many people.
Ternovskiy sought help from his longtime friend Vlad Kostanyan, who helped him with his side projects.
One informal study published in March 2010 shows that nearly half of all Chatroulette "spins" connected a user with someone in the USA, while the next most likely country was France with 15%.
Although some people are using the site in not very nice ways -- I am really against it." Early users of the site would frequently encounter users who were naked or masturbating in front of the camera.
According to certain reports and a firsthand test, the majority of the site's users are male and overwhelmingly young, and people in their 30s are usually mocked on the site for being too "old".