We all heard this warning at a very young age from our parents or guardians: “Don’t talk to strangers.” But with the rapid growth of the internet and the continuous improvement of technology, this seemed like a counterintuitive way of navigating the increasingly interconnected world we live in.
Seeing the way the internet opened possibilities for social spontaneity, Leif K-Brooks launched Omegle – an online video chat service that randomly paired you with another person in a one-on-one chat session. Distilling “meeting new people” down to its most “platonic ideal,” Omegle became one of the most prominent websites to meet random people from all over the world.
Since its establishment in 2009, Omegle has been unique in its randomized chat matching with strangers. The site started out as a simple webpage that allows two users to connect and chat freely. There was also an option to “skip” the interaction and move on to a new chat room once the users are not interested in the current conversation. Since then, the website and platform has evolved with the times – adapting a video call support function and even matching users based on interests they input.
Upon its shutdown, Omegle founder Leif K-Brooks posted a lengthy message stating his intentions in creating Omegle as a platform to open up a bigger world for people to connect, exchange ideas, and converse about topics that mutually interested them. Mr. K-Brooks ended his message by saying, “From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who used Omegle for positive purposes, and to everyone who contributed to the site’s success in any way. I’m so sorry I couldn’t keep fighting for you.”
K-brooks cited expenses and user misuse as the main reasons for the platform’s shutdown after 14 years of being a bastion for online communication.
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