PR NEWSWIRE - Dec 13 - Andrey Ternovskiy launched Chatroulette in 2009.The fanbase exploded to 1+M users within a few months. The site steadily maintained its #1 stronghold among competing video networking sites, including ChatRandom and Airtime. Given that Airtime never gained any traction as a social networking site because its users cannot remain anonymous, it came as a shock to loyal fans when Chatroulette announced multiple changes that have essentially eliminated user anonymity. "Chatroulette announced that you must have an exclusive invite code to sign up -- yet another suicidal mistake. Finally, it now charges your credit card one cent to verify your identity. This totally went against what made Chatroulette huge in the first place -- anonymous video chat. ChatRandom doesn't endorse extreme, unnecessary user verification measures.
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