Omegle: A chat is a chat is a chat

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.

A chat is a chat is a chat

A chat is a chat is a chat

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.

Addition:
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.

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2 responses to “Omegle: A chat is a chat is a chat

  1. OMG. ROFL.

    This is LDA (Last Decade Ago).

    L8er!

  2. Dude, this site is awesome, here’s my recent conversation…

    You’re now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
    You: Hello?
    Stranger: hello
    You: this is wierd… ;o)
    Stranger: what?
    You: This site. It’s a cool concept though!
    You: Where you from? I’m from the UK
    Stranger: china
    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
    Stranger: bye

    I don’t think we are going to be friends… ;o)

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