Omegle promises the unthinkable for netizens: “Talk to strangers!” Notice the exclamation mark!!! To top this, it even promises to be “a brand-new service for meeting new friends.” I mean, yes, social networking leads to lots of contacts with friends, even new ones. But it is not like I haven’t entered a chat with a stranger before. And I am sure a MOO or MUD player from the good ol’ days of TelNet will frown upon the proclaimed freshness of this service.
Nevertheless, I felt a slight tingle as I entered the chat window. I don’t really know what I expected, maybe some sort of post-modern text performance. Two savvy players of the game, juggling with conventions and the etiquette of the social web. And I thought it started rather well.
But alas, the age-old question ‘where are you from?’ threw us both back to the times of CompuServe and AOL. I quickly hit ‘disconnect’ before he could ask me what I am wearing. Gee, we could have become real friends.
Through other blogs I have learnt that Omegle seems to be the brainchild of teenager Leif K-Brooks (what’s with the K- business here?). It would explain the perceived novelty of a chat! with strangers!!
And you can find some mildly amusing examples of other Omegle chats here.
This is LDA (Last Decade Ago).
Dude, this site is awesome, here’s my recent conversation…
You’re now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
You: this is wierd… ;o)
You: This site. It’s a cool concept though!
You: Where you from? I’m from the UK
Stranger: like ?
You: Do I like the UK? Yeah, its not too bad. I lived in Australia for a year which was cool. The UK is a lot colder!
Stranger: china is hot
I don’t think we are going to be friends… ;o)