Details such as age, gender, and location can be further added under profile and settings.
This tab also allows users to write an 'about me' section about themselves, including languages they speak and their taste in music, movies, and games.
A user was twice as likely to encounter a sign requesting female nudity than to encounter actual female nudity.
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.
However, certain combinations of routers will not allow UDP traffic to flow between them, and then falling back to RTMP is necessary.
An algorithm was developed to successfully filter out large quantities of obscene content on Chatroulette, considering that as much as 30% of the 8.5 million monthly unique visitors are under 18 years of age.
This has led to a higher proportion of female users accessing the service due to the cleanup.
Although some people are using the site in not very nice ways -- I am really against it." Early users of the site would frequently encounter users who were naked or masturbating in front of the camera.
As the number of active users grew, Ternovskiy has had to rewrite the entire code to cope with the load, the management of which being the most challenging part of his project.
Despite the expansion of the service, he still codes everything on his own.
Users can also upload an image of themselves to add to their profiles.
Within a year of the site's launch, Chatroulette received criticism, particularly with respect to the offensive, obscene, or pornographic material that some users of this site were exhibiting. Keith Ablow advised, "Parents should keep all their children off the site because it's much too dangerous for children. This is one of the worst faces of the Internet that I've seen.