VC’s courted him, media outlets around the world profiled him – but like all child stars, the fame was short lived and Alex soon has to return to the realities of running his business and figuring out what to do next.
Given the parallels, I couldn’t resist calling Alex on Skype and asking him, firstly, whether he thought Chatroulette would prove to be a sustainable business and, if so, how – especially given that the site is basically “a sex crime waiting to happen”.
March 10, 2015 Teens today can’t go a day without using their personal devices.
Meanwhile, children as young as eight or nine years of age are asking for their first phone.
For a variety of reasons, too complicated to explain in this short intro paragraph, there’s no NSFW column from me this week.
All will be revealed soon, but suffice it to say that any or all of the following are involved: 1) a semi-secret project 2) an unexpected career turn 3) the future of media 4) a plume of volcanic ash from Iceland.
Do you have any idea about what’s on your teen’s mobile phone?
On the Internet, you can find many articles listing the best kids’ apps.
What’s even more alarming, almost 28% of teens say that they’ve sent inappropriate pictures of themselves to someone via their smartphone.
The problem is that some may use Snapchat for sexting – taking nude or provocative photos and sending those to others.
Something kids may not be aware of is that even though the images will self-destruct, there are many ways a phone user can still keep them.
This is something Andrey wants to discourage, preferring instead to add that functionality to Chatroulette.
I asked him to clarify whether he means adding features that will make it easier for users to connect through third party services, or whether he literally means he wants to stop users leaving the site at all – preferring, Veruca Salt style – to keep them all for himself.Tinder installed on kids’ mobile phones also makes it easy for adults to get in touch with these young individuals.