I saw a couple of young women who also quickly dismissed me as a candidate for a video chat.On a couple of occasions, I saw people who hung around long enough to start a conversation either through the Webcam microphone or by text chat.

In Chat Roulette, click on the "Settings" button (Chatroulette Settings - Devices - Camera) and select "Many Cam Virtual Webcam" or "Many Cam Video Source".

To choose Many Cam as the audio source, click on the "Settings" button (Chatroulette Settings - Devices- Mic.) and select "Many Cam Virtual Microphone".

by Larry Magid Make sure there are no kids in the room if you plan on trying out the Chatroulette video chat service.

While I was able to have a couple of very nice conversations with fully clothed polite individuals, I saw some things I would rather have avoided as I tested this relatively new service.

When you first enter the site you’ll see two large black boxes and a blank area for text chat.

As soon as you click “play,” you’ll see a stranger’s picture in the top box and–at least on my machine–a notice asking if you wish to allow the site to access your video camera.

If you click “allow,” you’ll see your picture in the bottom box. If you don’t strike up an immediate conversation with the first person you see, you can press Next to go to the next person–kind of like spinning a roulette wheel.

In my case, mostly what I saw were the heads of young men and as soon as they saw me, they apparently clicked Next because they were gone in a second.

In both cases they were doing the same thing I was–checking out the technology and grateful to have an intelligent discussion with someone equally curious about Chatroulette.