Omegle.com is a web service that allows you to communicate in an online chat. The choice of the companion, in this case, occurs randomly. Communication is completely anonymous: companions are displayed on the website as You and Stranger. There is the possibility of communication both in a simple text format and using a webcam.
This high-quality service allows you to contact strangers around the world in either chat or video format. It is a kind of analog of the famous Chatroulette roulette site, created by a Russian schoolboy in 2009. He also does not require signing up.Users just need to turn on their webcams and switch video chats with strangers.
Foundation of the platform
The service was founded on March 25, 2009, by 18-year-old American Leif K-Brooks and quickly gained popularity among English-speaking users: in less than a month after opening the number of site views reached 150,000 views. The main meme associated with the site, perhaps, is the widespread use in the dialogs of the abbreviation asl, which means a question to the interlocutor of the form Age/gender/location. Traditionally, it is the second phase of the interlocutor, after a greeting.
In March 2009, the first Omegle Chatroulette was introduced to people. The idea was to connect random interlocutors using video calling quickly. A special algorithm randomly chose people, and they already decided whether they want to communicate. If not, any of them could use the «Next» button to switch to a new interlocutor, who also fell out randomly. The mechanics turned out to be incredibly popular and quickly gained fans.
Communication with the most unexpected strangers gave users a lot of positive emotions. People over and over returned to video chat to chat, joke, share opinions, and even find a soul mate. Since its inception, Omegle’s functionality has not changed much. The user still connects to the chat without registering. For a more relevant selection of the interlocutor, you can indicate your interests – the system will focus on your list, and the search will become a little more predictable.
As an interesting bonus, Omegle has the opportunity to save the message history or share a link to it, for example, on Facebook or Twitter. Also, the “spy” video chat mode deserves users’ attention. Anyone can publicly ask a question that will be answered by a random couple of interlocutors. The author of the issue can observe the dialogue from the side.