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People act like jerks when they think they’re anonymous. Case in point: ChatRoulette. This site lets users talk with random people on the Internet under a veil of anonymity, and the results are frequently less than classy.
Enter ChatRouletteMap, a new mashup site that identifies where in the world Chat Roulette users are chatting from. This user, for example, thought he was anonymous:
Sure, we don’t know his name. But we know what he looks like, and roughly where he lives. He’s not truly anonymous.Using ChatRouletteMap you can browse the entire world of ChatRoulette users currently online and see their picture. Zoom into your area and you might even find one of your friends!
This site is a service, but it also serves as a lesson: you’re not really anonymous online. Everywhere you go online you leave a trail, and this trail can not only be followed by law enforcement officials, it can also be followed by the people you’re offending online. User beware!
- Identify the location of ChatRoulette users.
- Google Maps integration allows you to pinpoint rough location of users.
- See pictures of users around you.
- Learn that you’re not fully anonymous online.
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