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Chatroulette – or why “open” empowers creativity, drives success and will *always* win
Chatroulette has been around for a few months but really hit the mainstream about a month ago. The concept is simple: two people with webcams are connected randomly. They can chat, be funny, show each other their naughty bits or move on quickly. And all of these things happen.
Chatroulette is the best example of why open works (and why it terrifies big media). I’ve embedded two videos from Chatroulette in this post. Both of them make me laugh out loud, applaud, bow down in awe before the creativity of web users.
There was no gatekeeper. There was no publisher. The 17 year old behind Chatroulette simply said “let’s make this cool technology that connects people globally and see what they do with it.”
Much of it is rubbish. Some of it is fun. A few gems are jaw-droppingly amazing.
And this is why open will *always* win.