The spontaneous type of connections sparked recently by Chatroullete continue to influence networks as varied as the daily news.

The spontaneous rash of random connections sparked recently by Chatroullete continue to influence networks as varied as the daily news. During a recent presentation on the future of news media in London, the idea of “a Chatroullette for news” was jokingly mentioned by Chris Thorpe of The Guardian’s Open Content API project.

Motivated by the real-time relevancy of the idea, Daniel Vydra, a software developer who had created a similar program for The Guardian in London, re-purposed the application to support New York Times Routlette. By hitting the app’s button, the program will send users to a random article or site published on NYTimes.com in the past 24 hours.

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