Chatroulette Map: Not So Anonymous Anymore

Chatroulette Map
Whenever people mention the random webcam site, Chatroulette, it inevitably leads to talk of how there are certain less-than-desirable webcam chat partners on the service. Some would wager that the guise of anonymity on Chatroulette helps these users feel a bit safer when baring it all. They aren’t as anonymous as they think.

Chatroulette Map is a project that is grabbing the IP addresses of users, along with a screenshot, and then using Geo IP tools to pinpoint them roughly on the map. The site relies on the fact that Chatroulette connects users directly to each other (assumedly in an effort to save bandwidth) and in doing so exposes IP addresses. Most of the screenshots are safe and entertaining, but there are a few of those Not-Safe-For-Work ones mixed in. The site is also a great way to see a small sampling of the concentration of users around the world.

Previously on Laughing Squid:

Andrey Ternovskiy, 17 Year-Old Founder of Chatroulette

Jon Stewart Using Chatroulette on The Daily Show

Chatroulette Game, If You Turn Your Head I Win

Meeting Yourself on Chatroulette


Ed Hunsinger
Ed Hunsinger