Chatroulette Piano Improv Guy, Merton, Evolves

How will Merton, the improv piano guy who got famous via Chatroulette, evolve? He tells the crowd at NewTeeVee Live he plans to keep performing live events, interacting with his audience and signing deals with companies that can fund him.

Chatroulette Relaunches, But Perverts Remain

Chatroulette relaunched today after a week’s absence with a new front-end design and the disappearance of some recently launched features. The chat service, which once placed the video feeds of chat partners on top of one other, is now de-emphasizing the user’s video screen.

Sean Parker: Chatroulette Could Surface More Interesting Users, Girls

Napster co-founder and early Facebook advisor Sean Parker said there’s an opportunity for Chatroulette to introduce one-to-many video chat as well as a model for user discovery that would help separate more interesting and engaging users from those that expose themselves or very quickly get “nexted.”

Chatroulette Threatens Perverts With Police

Chatroulette has announced that it is going to take steps against the worst offenders on its service, threatening people who exposed themselves to minors with the police. The site announced it has collected evidence of such incidents, but it didn’t spy on any actual conversations.

Weekend Poll: How Would You Fix Chatroulette?

Chatroulette introduced new features this week, but the extensive media coverage of the new Channelroulette and Localroulette offerings inevitably led to tons of penis jokes. So what can the site do to succeed? How can it possibly make money, and what needs to be fixed first?