The site has been called many things: the new Wild West of the Internet; a speed-dating replacement; a cesspool of porn; a voyeuristic follow-up to Alfred Hitchcock's film "Rear Window"; a way to get people from different social groups to interact.(CNN) -- On Chatroulette, a new and controversial Web site, every click lands you in a face-to-face video conversation with a random stranger.The setup is simple: Activate your webcam and click "play." Then, as people from all over the world pop up one at a time in a box on your screen, you decide whether or not to chat with them.If you don't like the looks of things, click "next" and the site shuffles you to someone new. During a recent CNN test of the site, a man from France popped up on the screen wearing a jester's hat and telling jokes in French.Two men dressed as skeletons were having a dance party to techno music and flashing lights.A slouched-over man in Tunisia said he was tired because he'd been on the site for four hours.But the stranger Chatroulette sends you could just as easily be naked -- or even masturbating in front of the camera, which is the case rather frequently.
Two of the first four video chatters randomly selected for CNN by Chatroulette were naked when their pictures appeared.
The fifth person simply held a sign up to the screen that read: "Please show me your boobs." For better or worse, Chatroulette is going viral on the Web in a big way.
She scooted back to the couch and leaned back on the couch.
My arms bent at the elbows, now resting on her lap.
Use of the site has grown quickly since it launched in November, and mainstream blogs and media organizations are catching on to the phenomenon.
About 35,000 people are on Chatroulette at any given time, according to a traffic count published on the Web site's homepage.