Chatroulette is no doubt the next true mass social phenomenon, after Facebook or Twitter.Created by a Russian kid, the website randomly connects you via webcam chat to anyone around the world.A photographic fall-back, one which would ensure that people had no need to ring me every time I featured in someone’s online album to ask if I was clinically depressed.I learned this late, it must be said —around two years ago, specifically, when I joined Facebook and realised that most of my friends didn’t have a bad picture on there because the moment anyone holds a lens up within 50 feet of them, out comes the fail-safe face — coquettish head tilt, a seductive smile, twinkling eyes. These days, when everyone is armed with a camera phone and even a quick drink after work is documented and uploaded on to a social networking site, being un-photogenic is less an irritant than a genuine affliction.Weddings, birthday parties, nights out, it was always the same.
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They’re all pretty consistent: atrocious hairstyles coupled with an equally lamentable dress sense.
The real stand-out feature, however, is that in most of them I’m pulling a variety of comedy expressions.
When I tried that one for myself I looked a little bit like the Joker on Batman.
I decided to peruse my friends’ online albums, celebrity publications being ruled out for inspiration this time for the reasons written above.