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If you haven’t heard of Chatroulette, this Daily Show segment is a good primer.
We were itching to study Chatroulette in a RJMetrics Dashboard, but no one seemed to have any good data for us to explore.
Here are a few highlights from our findings: Thanks to RJMetrics, the analysis was easy.
Getting the data, however, was a bit of a challenge.
Chatroulette Map uses this IP data to geolocate and map random chatters on their website (along with still photos from their chats).
Chatroulette Map is also nice enough to expose all of its data points to anyone who clicks “View Source.” Right in the raw source code of their homepage is the image URL, latitude, longitude, city, state, and country of every chatter on their map.
So, we decided compile the data ourselves by leveraging Chatroulette Map, some scrappy programming, and a passionate tech community.
We soon had detailed data on 2,883 Chatroulette sessions that tied users to geography, gender, appearance, and more.
So, if you’re looking for women on Chatroulette, be forewarned: you’re more likely to encounter an empty chair.
Also interesting is the prevalence of groups on Chatroulette.
We posted the link to Hacker News on Saturday night. Five minutes later, the data was loaded into a hosted dashboard on RJMetrics and returning the results you see below.