People everywhere saw it as a refreshing new way to meet strangers, while others found it a risk-free, easy medium for meeting that special someone.
Introducing user fees, requiring a login process, and instituting invite codes felt like over-the-top changes for Chatroulette loyalists.
Rolled out in the final quarter of 2012, these new requirements killed the site's anonymous feel, sending webcammers fleeing for a new video chat home.
has learned over the last year, it's "don't mess with a good thing." As co-founder of Chat Random, the top video chat alternative to Chatroulette, Fox has remained true to the company's original business model and captured a growing market share of video chat users.
Above all else, these users appreciate the anonymity and other signature features Chat Random upholds -- so much so that they have fled other leading video chat sites to join Chat Random's global group of fans.
"Our numbers skyrocketed during this period, and they haven't stopped," Fox comments.
"It's been a good reminder that if you undermine anonymity, your chat room audience will depart in droves." Meanwhile, video chat became a hot 2012 trend.
Airtime's formula, based on connecting people with friends they already know by video, failed to gain solid traction as a vehicle for meeting new people.
"Despite all the buzz, Airtime went bust after initially curious users decided it wasn't what they wanted after all," Fox continues.
Many have come to us because we've never wavered from our promise to offer 100 percent user anonymity in a secure, safe, user-friendly environment." The video chat industry saw its fair share of headlines during the past year.