Omegle, which boasts the motto “Talk to strangers!” is an online social networking platform connecting two users at random, similar to Chatroulette. By default, users are connected to one another at random but there is also an option to type in some of your interests, pairing you with people who have included the same interests. Before you are paired with anyone, the platform asks whether you would like to use text-only conversation or video chat. Once you have made your choice, Omegle will pair you with people who have selected the same choices as you.
All users of this website can be as anonymous as they choose to be, meaning they can share as much or as little information as they choose to about themselves. Omegle do not ask for any personal information while you are using the site. Chats can be ended at any point throughout the conversation by both parties.
Video chats can be started generally, or Omegle offers unmoderated and adult sections. Users choosing these options are warned about the content but may proceed by clicking OK. Text chats can be started with a random user, or you can submit a question and then watch it being discussed by two other people who have agreed to have their conversation watched.
Omegle indicates the platform is not for use by those aged 13 or younger and those under 18 should only use the page with the permission of a parent or guardian. The website is visited by far more men than women and is most popular in the United States, India and the U.K.
Although Omegle doesn’t offer any form of blocking or a reporting tool, it is possible to end your conversation at any point with someone. Once the chat has ended, you will not be paired with that user again.