If you wanted more proof to add to your suspicion that after all this time anonymous schlongs still rule Internet content – here it is: ChatRoulette is being honored with a Webby.
Press release in full:
ChatRoulette, the video chat sensation that became a pop culture phenomenon almost overnight, will be honored with the Webby Breakout of the Year Award at the 14th Annual Webby Awards ceremony in New York City on June 14th, organizers announced today.
Founder Andrey Ternovskiy, a Russian teenager who created the site for his friends, will be on hand to accept the honor.
By combining video-chatting technology and randomization, ChatRoulette pairs users from all over the world in arbitrary video conversations, creating an new type of online experience that can be both thrilling and exhausting. Described by New York magazine as “one of those gloriously simple ideas that manages to harness the crazy power of the Internet in a potentially revolutionary way,” Chatroulette.com now boasts tens of thousands of users online at any given moment.
“ChatRoulette’s success offers a refreshing reminder that the Internet still offers a level playing field where anyone with a great idea or product can flourish,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “The product of a simple yet utterly original idea, launched without any concern for profit or growth, ChatRoulette embodies the sort of accidental innovation that only the Internet can produce.”