He's a former hacker and current high school truant who has turned what he describes as a lark -- Chatroulette was intended to entertain his friends, he says -- into ambitions for storming Silicon Valley.
But whoever manages to sink their hooks into Ternovskiy may have both chronological and cultural divides to bridge. signals the youngster is making the right moves: getting educated while showing a willingness to step out of his comfort zone.
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Users created and maintained identities with meaningful usernames and chat handles, or pseudonyms."It's a big hit among tweens and teens."And wherever there are eyeballs amassing in high concentrations, there are investors looking to capitalize. But as problematic as Chatroulette is, there is just too much upside to ignore.Just think: If venture capitalists couldn't stomach controversial digital opportunities designed by guys with little experience, the world would not have Napster, You Tube, My Space and Facebook. The Chatroulette mythology is helped along by the enigma that is its central figure, Ternovskiy.A private messaging app that takes from your existing social media profiles and adds them to your “bubble.” The content is posted for all of your friends to see.Direct messaging is one of the main features of this app. But what has attracted all the attention isn't so much the core functionality (here's an explanatory video or two) as its reputation as a virtual peep show. And "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" dismissed Chatroulette as a fad in a recent spoof. Connecting webcam users around the world at random has turned the Web site into an overnight media darling.“…I am always reminded of how small changes in the details of a digital design have profound unforeseen effects on the experiences of humans who are playing with it…It is impossible to work with information technology without also engaging in social engineering.” -Jaron Lanier  After a relatively quiet and unmourned death, the chatroom as a social space recently returned in the form of Omegle and Chatroulette.The classic chatroom of the 1990s was overtaken by other platforms as the WWW moved to newer forms of sociality; namely, the social network.It is accepted practice that we are to monitor our daily digital interactions as if our life depended on it, and indeed, often it does.We are full-time public relations agents representing ourselves.