On the far right is a list of Facebook contacts and next to that is the option to narrow who you want to meet by location (near where Airtime thinks you are — it inaccurately placed me in Brooklyn), Common Interests, and Friends of Friends.There's a big button “Talk to Someone,” which will get you started chatting. But many bands allow streaming previews of albums to drum up interest and excitement for a new album, often on My Space, NPR (or, in Holy Fuck’s case, CBC Radio), or through a digital service like Rhapsody or i Tunes.But Chat Roulette is the talk of the town at the moment, and it’s a decidedly cheeky way to spread the word about Holy Fuck’s new album, even if it’s not as efficient as streaming it on My Space.Airtime is the best frictionless video platform for launching instant video conversations with random people who happen to have some shared interests.That may sound scary, but it's actually kind of fun.
Apparently it’s the single, though not a music video, called “Latin America” that’s available on Chat Roulette.
I need to start by thanking my co-worker for suggesting this story's headline. "So basically you're saying you want me to act as — what would you call it — bait? (And, though I didn't admit it at the time, maybe a tad concerned that users just might click past me, too.
"I was hoping you'd, um, help with the story," he said. As soon as they see me, they'll click, 'Next.'" OK, he did have a point there.
I was minding my own business, editing a movie review, when my friend Bill Forman stopped by my desk and told me he'd just been OK'd to do a cover story on Chatroulette. "You mean that chat website overrun by exhibitionists and masturbators? I'd heard about the site on one of those late-night tabloid TV shows (which, of course, I was flipping past on the way to PBS). "Why are you suddenly concerned about my parenting? "Here's the thing: If I go online alone, I'm not sure I can get a story. " I'm puzzled for a moment, then realize what he's thinking.
"Well, I was thinking that as a parent, you might be interested in seeing what teens are being exposed to." "Bill, you don't even like kids," I reminded him.