A new site called Omegle is totally stoked to help you chat anonymously and one on one with complete strangers. A high-school student just launched it, which makes total sense. Founder Leif K-Brooks (who endorsed this parody) says the site has been taking off in a big way and that’s understandable. While railing against Omegle as an insidious, malicious time-suck, I still found myself telling friends about it. Sorry, world! I wound up contacting five people from Boston to Germany. Aside from one suicidal-sounding ray of sunshine, the chats were utterly banal, and I couldn’t muster enough mean to make the exchanges any more awkward.
Connecting to server…
Looking for someone you can chat with. Hang on.
You’re now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
You: i’m an omegle virgin
You: i wonder what one chats to strangers about…
Stranger: The Game
Stranger: And you losing it
You: what game? the LA rapper? how did brooklyn lose him?
Stranger: lol jk
Stranger: u like rap?
You: as much as the next omegler
You: i take it you’re a dude, then?
You: how did you hear about omegle?
You: what’s good in texas these days?
You: i finally stopped hearing about my friend’s time at sxsw
Stranger: i was at home for spring break
You: a college lad, eh? no spring break in tijuana?
You: i hear getting kidnapped there is all the rage
Stranger: went home to relax
Stranger: lol yea
You: nothing like chillaxing to some mastodon
You: it’s like going back in the womb, really
You: on a scale of 1-10 how satanic are you?
You: what’s more evil: the marlboro man or bryan, tx?
Stranger: bryan, tx
You: what kind of shoes are you wearing?
You: that’s not metal
You: human-skin sandals, now that’s metal
Stranger: i need some of those
You: ok, i gotta go
You: enjoy yr time omeglin’
So now I’m turning it over to you. *Try it yourself. Start a chat. And if you get any choice dialog snippets, drop ’em in the comments.
* Unless you’re a tween reader. Then don’t. Encouraging that kind of behavior would make me feel way too much like one of the producers of To Catch A Predator.