|Slogan||Talk to strangers!|
|Type of site||Online chat, voice chat, video chat|
|Created by||Leif K-Brooks|
|Launched||March 25, 2008|
|Alexa rank||2,895 (March 2014[update])|
Omegle is a free online chat website that allows users to communicate with strangers without registering. The service randomly pairs users in one-on-one chat sessions where they chat anonymously using the handles "You" and "Stranger". The site was created by 18-year-old Leif K-Brooks of Brattleboro, Vermont, and was launched on March 25, 2008. Less than a month after its March 2008 launch, Omegle garnered around 150,000 page views a day, and in March 2009 the site introduced a video conferencing feature. The site now provides a mobile application that lets users chat with strangers from mobile devices.
Omegle is made up of Text mode, Video mode, and Spy mode. In Text mode, two users converse simply through text. Video mode includes the same features as Text mode, except that a user may connect a camera for video and audio input, through which the users may talk to one another. Due to the amount of nudity on this section, a version of this mode known as the Unmoderated section was made for notorious people to use. Spy mode allows a user to suggest a question for two other users to discuss. The person who asked the question may not participate in the discussion, and simply observes what is being said. Omegle is experimenting with a mode known as Dorm Chat, which requires the user to enter their email, ending with .edu to verify that they are associated with a college. Dorm Chat allows the user to talk to other colleagues on Omegle. Omegle allows its visitors to use a list of user-defined interests and Facebook Connect in order to meet strangers with common interests. The feature accomplishes this by observing which pages the users had "liked" on Facebook.
Prior to early 2013, the site did not censor contributions through a profanity filter, and users may have encountered nudity or sexual content on camera. After January 2013, Omegle implemented a "monitored" video chat, to monitor misbehavior and protect people under the age of 18 from potentially harmful content, including nudity or sexual content. To complement the monitored video chat, Omegle also has an "unmonitored" video chat that is not monitored for sexual content. K-Brooks has acknowledged the questionable content of the site, at one time expressing "disappointment" at the way in which the site has been used.
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