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Meta Voyeurism! Watch Chatroulette’s Users Watch Each Other, in Real Time!

Remember when Chatroulette was this crazy, sort-of-hard to explain phenomenon with explosive growth?

Right. That was months ago! And it may well have peaked since then.

But! It’s still drawing plenty of visitors. And if you want to watch people watching each other on the voyeur site, in real time, now you can. See this display from Chartbeat, the start-up Web analytics company that competes with the likes of Adobe’s (ADBE) Omniture and Google (GOOG) Analytics and that lets you track visits to a site as they’re happening.

Plenty of great nuggets here for anyone who wants to poke around (Hehheh. Hehheh. I said “poke.” Hehheh.). Like right now, for instance, there seems to be a large number of people from Texas who like the site. You can also peruse the dashboard to divine longer-term trends, like the fact that Chatroulette traffic seems to peak around 8 pm Eastern time.

Oh, and in case you were wondering–it’s safe for work.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work