Type of site
Online chat
Voice chat
Video chat
Available inEnglish-language
Created byLeif K-Brooks
Alexa rankDecrease3,374 (As of 16 April 2020)[1]
LaunchedMarch 25, 2009 (2009-03-25)

Omegle /ˈmɛɡəl/[2] is a free online chat website that allows users to socialize with others without the need to register. The service randomly pairs users in one-on-one chat sessions where they chat anonymously using the names "You" and "Stranger" or "Stranger 1" and "Stranger 2" in the case of Spy mode. The site was created by 18-year-old Leif K-Brooks of Brattleboro, Vermont, and was launched on March 25, 2009.[3][4] Less than a month after launch, Omegle garnered around 150,000 page views a day,[5] and in March 2010 the site introduced a video conferencing feature.

Comparisons have been made to early-1990s AOL.[6] Other products that provide similar services include Tinychat and Whisper.

  1. ^ " Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  2. ^ "Omegle: Talk to strangers!". Omegle. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  3. ^ Brooks, Leif (March 30, 2009). "Welcome to the Omegle blog!". Archived from the original on April 3, 2009.
  4. ^ "Omegle chat program can help you find love anonymously". April 14, 2009.
  5. ^ Quenqua, Douglas (April 26, 2009). "Tired of Old Web Friends? A New Site Promises Strangers". The New York Times.
  6. ^ O'Brien, Terrence (2009-04-02). " Lets You Anonymously Mess With Complete Strangers". Retrieved 2010-03-17.

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