Chatroulette may eliminate text chatting to reflect growing interest in video conferencing

Monday, July 26 2010

The popular website is considering ditching text chatting to focus entirely on video conferencing, reports

The site, which matches users with a random partner with whom they can talk either face-to-face on through a typing interface, has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity. It also has two child programs, Channels and Locals, which provide users with a more customized experience.

Chatroulette founder Andrey Ternowsky told NewTeeVee that a new site design might eliminate text chat in favor of telepresence to reflect a growing interest in the web conferencing interface.

"We are carefully testing it and slowly launching some of its future features," Ternonwsky told the website. "Someday we will replace the main page with the new system."

The potential changes reflect consumer interest in telepresence as a mode of communication. A recent report by Gigaom found that real-time video chatting on devices ranging from laptops to TVs to mobile phones will account for 11 billion calls by 2015.ADNFCR-3295-ID-19907953-ADNFCR