Some think it is a game, others think it is a whole unknown world, others think it is a dating service.

I think it's cool that such a concept can be useful for so many people.

Some users dress in costumes to entertain the viewer the site pairs them with, while others play music or host dance parties.

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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%.

Chatroulette later changed their terms of use, making it a requirement that all users sign up before using the service.

An algorithm was developed to successfully filter out large quantities of obscene content on Chatroulette, considering that as much as 30 percent of the 8.5 million monthly unique visitors are under 18 years of age.

The signup requires a username, email address and password.

Details such as age, gender and location can be further added under profile and settings.

Within a year of the site's launch, Chatroulette received criticism particularly with respect to the offensive, obscene or pornographic material that some users of this site were exhibiting. Keith Ablow advised that "Parents should keep all their children off the site because it's much too dangerous for children. This is one of the worst faces of the Internet that I've seen.

It's disconnecting human relationships rather than connecting them." Emie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, told CBS' The Early Show that the site was the "last place parents want their kids to be.

Chatroulette is an online chat website that pairs random users together for webcam-based conversations.