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A complicated legal environment also surrounds Chatroulette.Ryan Calo, an attorney and residential fellow at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society, said some activities taking place on the site, such as men masturbating in front of the camera, may be illegal.And online dating services like Woo Me use similar features.

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The site has been called many things: the new Wild West of the Internet; a speed-dating replacement; a cesspool of porn; a voyeuristic follow-up to Alfred Hitchcock's film "Rear Window"; a way to get people from different social groups to interact.

Jason Kottke, a prominent blogger, wrote that Chatroulette "is pretty much the best site going on the Internet right now." But even the haters seem to agree that the site generates a certain potentially addictive intrigue -- whether it comes from the rush of meeting a new person, or the fear of seeing a stranger who's not wearing any clothes.

Conversation shuffle Still, many of the interactions on Chatroulette could be charitably described as fleeting.

In New York magazine, Sam Anderson wrote that after logging onto the site one day he was rejected immediately by the first 18 people he encountered.

A slouched-over man in Tunisia said he was tired because he'd been on the site for four hours.

But the stranger Chatroulette sends you could just as easily be naked -- or even masturbating in front of the camera, which is the case rather frequently.

Several reports suggest people in their 30s will be mocked on the site for being "old." A number of memes have emerged among this young Chatroulette crowd since the site launched. One roulette camera that has flashed on computer screens repeatedly shows the image of a man who looks to have hanged himself in the back of a room.

Some users dress in costumes, ostensibly to entertain their chat pairs. Viability Whether Chatroulette will be more than just a bizarre blip on the Internet pop-culture radar is still up for debate.

The anti-Facebook The site's hallmark feature is the randomness by which it selects companions for Internet chats.

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