Chatroulette 2.0 New, Still XXX
Revamped site more glitchy, still penis-plagued
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2010 7:43 AM CDT
Users of the revamped Chatroulette aren't liking what they see.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Chatroulette has returned after a week offline, but version 2.0 has all of the penises and more glitches, complain reviewers.

  • The random video chat site's new design is more minimal, "but it's not necessarily better-looking. Plus, it's now quite buggy," complains Dan Nosovitz at Fast Company. Four of the first 10 chatters he encountered were masturbating, and two others were ads for naked women elsewhere on the Internet.

  • The spartan-looking site still looks to be in beta mode, writes Stan Schroeder at Mashable. It now lets you move chat windows around, but it doesn't explain any of the new features. "As far as content goes, well, suffice to say that it took four full minutes of refreshing to get a screenshot without a penis in it," he writes.
  • Chatroulette's founder says he wants to make the site less seedy and more attractive to advertisers, but this redesign's unlikely to achieve that, Alexia Tsotsis writes at TechCrunch. "At the moment the site is really flaky, but when the video chat does work it seems like the penis problem is far from gone both in my own initial experience and what I am hearing from other users," she writes. "It actually looks like it has gotten worse."