Alright, what’s up with this,? What’s an Omegle? Well, to answer any questions you have, and plenty you don’t, an Omegle is a wild internet creature that eats unsuspecting victim’s free time! Oh no!
But seriously, Omegle is a chat site. Literally, that’s all it is. Their slogan is “Talk to Strangers!” and the person on the other is labeled ‘stranger’ as you talk. This site is really quite entertaining and there are multiple features allowing for different kinds of filters to find your ‘chat partner.’ Also, there’s no need for any registration because everyone is anonymous!
The filters are optional and you don’t need to pick one and can, instead, just hit the large, blue ‘text’ or ‘video’ chat buttons. If you do choose to filter, it’s really quite easy. Just type in a word, such as a fandom (mine here read ‘Supernatural,’ ‘Sherlock,’ ‘SuperWhoLock,’ and ‘SuperLock’ from left to right). If you don’t want to write in your own keywords, and really narrow down the topic of choice, you can just hit the ‘Use my Facebook Likes’ button and have the internet do all the work for you!
And! If you you don’t want to talk and instead want to spy on people talking, you can do that too. Fulfill all your voyeuristic needs via internet, though less creepily. Probably… Anyway, you can also elect to being watched (you exhibitionist!) and will be given a prompt to talk about/question to answer by the watcher with another stranger.
However, because of this complete anonymity and the randomness of the pairings, sometimes there are people you really don’t want to meet and you end up chatting with. That’s alright, there’s a disconnect button and feel free to use it! I know everyone else does. Which brings me to one last point.
Omegle is a chat site that has grown in popularity dramatically over the years. From being relatively unknown it recently exploded into the internet culture (or at least in certain places such as Deviant Art, where people are known to post their ‘chat logs,’ which is a link to your entire conversation, permanently saved as a picture, to share with the rest of the world). So, as a result, Omegle is a popular site for text-based role-play. So, if anyone is interested, these can get very fun, especially as a short-term text RP. Often people will start out with a prompt such as “So and so walked into the TARDIS with a batarang and began jamming to some amazing Metallica riffs. S/He thought s/he was all alone when suddenly the Angel of Thursdays appears and so spake, ‘I am an Angel of the Lord and I have gripped you tight and raised you from perdition.’” You know, or not. You can get as specific or vague as you want. Personally, I prefer the vague, open-ended prompts because then the other person, or ‘stranger,’ can be anyone they want to and can just take it and run with it!
Lastly, just in case you don’t know (like I didn’t when I joined, good Lord Loki, i was such a n00b) ASL stands for Age, Sex (gender), Location. This rarely shows up in an RP chat, but extremely often in any other without a prompt (and even then). I suppose you could interpret this differently if you’re a troll, and if you do, I want to hear about it! Post your Omegle stories (chat logs or otherwise) down below and if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them!
Lastly, always remember the rules of internet safety! I’m sure I don’t have to say this, but never give out personal information online unless you know the person in real life, and even then, it’s be better to go through secure channels such as Private Messages, e-mail, and better yet, the phone.