Remember Chatroulette? 50,000 Naked Men Do Daily

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"Everyday, about 50,000 new men are trying to get naked," Chatroulette creator Andrey Ternovskiy tells Fast Company in a new interview. That's 10% of his daily users. The oppressive nonstop nudity may very well be the reason the site's popularity has plummeted since it first made a splash in early 2010. When things were good, Ternovskiy was turning down million dollar offers for his site; now traffic is down 60%. And yet the dicks are worth something: $100,000 a month, to be exact.

Chatroulette's founder is still working to scrub his image, which means he must stamp out penises worldwide. Luckily, there's always a market for masturbation on the internet and Ternovskiy can serve as a middleman:

"What we're doing is selling the naked men to a couple of websites--it's an investment for us."

When users flag someone enough times for indecent behavior (by clicking a button), the offender is automatically transferred to a partner site. Thanks to deals with adult dating services like FriendFinder.com, Chatroulette is earning cash hand over fist from the referral traffic.

"Basically, once we detect a person is naked, he'll be kicked from our service to another website," Ternovskiy says. "So, we're actually getting revenue from naked men right now."

Imagine explaining that one to grandpa.

Chatroulette Founder Andrey Ternovskiy Raises New Funding: "50,000 Naked Men" [Fast Company via Daily Intel]


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