Omegle is website that allows one to talk with one person anonymously and randomly without signing up. The nicknames that are used are "You" and "Stranger". It was started in late March of 2009 by an eighteen-year-old, Leif K-Brooks,
who lives in Vermont
The website has started using a lot of new things in the chat. One new thing is that people can chat using webcams. Another new thing is that one person can ask something while watching two other strangers discussing it. Usually, the asker can't talk, but he/she can watch them discuss the question. One really new thing that people can do is use Facebook Connect to find strangers who have liked the same things on Facebook. You can also type in common interests, these will only connect you to people who have the same interest(s).
The website does not ban users because of their age. A user may experience nudity or sexual content on camera. K-Brooks says, that at one time, he felt "disappointment" at the way in which the site has been used. Since 2013, Omegle now monitors the video chats. There is a monitored video section and an unmonitored video section. The unmonitored video section is for people who are 18 and over. The monitored video section is for everyone. If someone is seen naked on the monitored video section, they will be banned or only be able to use the unmonitored section. You can see a sign on Omegle's front page saying:
- We now monitor video chat. Keep your clothes on.*
- A team of people is working around the clock to ban users who get naked.
- If you're 18+ you can use the unmonitored video section.
[change] Other websites
- "Tired of Old Web Friends? A New Site Promises Strangers". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/technology/internet/27omegle.html. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
- "Chatroulette and Omegle: chat rooms with a twist". BBC News. 2010-03-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8539701.stm. Retrieved 2010-06-06.