Omegle is an online chat website that allows users to communicate with strangers without registering. The service randomly pairs users up into one-on-one chat sessions where they chat anonymously using the handles “You” and “Stranger”. Chats are completely anonymous, although there is nothing to stop you from revealing personal details if you would like.
The kind of chat that Omegle popularized is called anonymous chat, stranger chat, or 1-on-1 chat. The site now provides an Omegle mobile application that lets users chat with strangers from an Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Palm webOS device. The site uses anti-spam software, known as reCAPTCHA, which periodically challenges users in order to prevent spam messages being sent by automated bots.
[advt]Omegle now features the add-on, “Spy Mode”, which connects three strangers. One stranger asks a question for the other two to answer or discuss with one another. The stranger who asks the question, however, cannot participate in the discussion; they play the part of a third-party observer. Spy Mode is still in beta, which leads users to believe there may be some adjustments made to it. Currently, the script on the page of Spy Mode can be abused, which has resulted in some users displaying offensive and obscene pictures and videos.
Recently, Omegle has added a feature letting users connect through Facebook Connect, in order to meet strangers with common interests. The feature accomplishes this by observing which pages the users have “liked” on Facebook. When the feature is enabled, strangers are still connected to completely random strangers and not always those who share common interests, which is generally the result of the search for those with similar likes timing out.