Thursday, April 2, 2009

The New Hotness? Talking To Strangers!

So apparently, some 18year old kid from Vermont created a way to help people waste more time on the Internet by combining instant messaging with the "Hey-let-me-tell-you-what-I'm-doing-every-20-minutes" phenomenon that Facebook and Twitter are known for to create Omegle, a very weird but kinda sorta fun time waster that allows you to talk to complete strangers about whatever.

According to the creator:

"Omegle is a brand-new service for meeting new friends. When you use Omegle, we pick another user at random and let you have a one-on-one chat with each other. Chats are completely anonymous, although there is nothing to stop you from revealing personal details if you would like."
I gotta say, I did this earlier and it's a little bit fun but mostly creepy. I can see how this could take off but the name doesn't have a cool ring to it. And there's no pictures, which some people might like, but I think if it had a cooler name, it would stand a really good chance of becoming the next big Internet thing as people seem to love this sort of stuff.

I tried it out and this is the conversation I had on there earlier:

Connecting to server...
Looking for someone you can chat with. Hang on.
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!

Stranger: hi
You: are you a random stranger?
Stranger: are YOU a random stranger?!?
You: maybe
You: this is random...stranger.

You have disconnected.
So that was that. Although the potential for all kind foolishness is obvious, I can see how people will eventually be using this to network, get laid or lure people into the cave in thier living room floor, so check it out if you're into that sort of thing.

And as always, when this blows up, remember you heard about it here.

For more information, check out the Omegle Blog


  1. *sigh*

    Thanks to my obsession with Twitter and Facebook (totally treating myspace like a broken condom baby), I haven't done ANY work all week. My friends refer to me as the "online networking whore" behind my back. I will NOT try this new website. nope.

    okay I did it.

    Connecting to server...
    Looking for someone you can chat with. Hang on.
    You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
    Stranger: hi!
    You: hi!
    Stranger: i have news for you
    You: what's the news?
    Stranger: cupcakes - they're just small cakes.
    You: really?
    Stranger: yes!!!!!
    You: how exciting!!!!
    You: i have news for you
    You: today is Thursday
    Your conversational partner has disconnected.

    I really have too many abandonment issues for this website, and the name sounds like a form of birth control.

  2. .....Technology is steadily destroying the concept of face to face socializing.

  3. actually, the name sounds like a program for slow kids.

  4. it's by far the creepiest new way to interact on the computer.

  5. @ NightFall914...
    most defintely...

    But the site is hilariously entertaining!

  6. We should start a pool to bet on how long it takes for a story to hit the news about a person who met someone in real life off of that site and got murdered, chopped into pieces, and stuffed into a freezer.

  7. My very first try:


    You: Are you a random stranger?

    Stranger: NOTICE TO CHATTER: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has
    logged a record of this chat along with the IP addresses
    of the participants due to potential violations of U.S. law.
    Violation: Solicitation of a minor.
    Important warning: If you believe this chat session was logged in error,please state your reasons to the F.B.I agent currently monitoring this chat.
    Failure to do so within the next 2 minutes will result in your IP and address being entered into our criminal database and legal action will be taken.

    Stranger: Well then. You're kinda fucked.



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