Some users dress in costumes to entertain the viewer the site pairs them with, while others play music or host dance parties.
A complicated legal environment surrounds Chatroulette with respect to the sexual activities that occur frequently on the site.
On average, in sessions showing a single person 89% of these were male and 11% were female.
8% of spins showed multiple people behind the camera.
However, certain combinations of routers will not allow UDP traffic to flow between them, and then it is necessary to fall back to RTMP.
In response, the website has discouraged under-18s from using the site, and prohibits "pornographic" behavior.
Chatroulette is an online chat website that pairs random users together for webcam-based conversations.
Visitors to the website begin an online chat (text, audio and video) with another visitor.
The website uses Adobe Flash to display video and access the user's webcam.
Flash's peer-to-peer network capabilities (via RTMFP) allow almost all video and audio streams to travel directly between user computers, without using server bandwidth.