The ‘chat’ via the website essentially involves a random ‘Stranger’ and an ‘You’ talking, thus making it unsafe for children and a potential threat to users who may awkwardly meet up with unwanted sexual content or abuse. When I had first started upon it, the very first question from the very first stranger was this – “Hi! ” In case you are wondering what ASL means, it’s age, sex and location.
So, I moved on to the next and the next and the next with the same ASL wailing every time.
However, the monitoring is only partially effective.
Omegle is basically an online chat site which allows you to talk to strangers directly, without having to register into it. So, if you are thinking of sharing anything private, think twice. May be Omegle was created with all goodwill in mind. And if you suspect your kid to have deleted it, try talking to him.
The site now provides a mobile application that lets users chat with strangers from mobile devices. Omegle was initially a text-only chat that paired users at random to communicate as "strangers".
However, in 2010, Omegle introduced a video mode to complement the text chat mode, which pairs together strangers who are using webcams and microphones. In 2011, the beta version of a new feature, "Spy Mode", was introduced.
In Spy (Question) Mode, users have two options; to be the "spy" and ask a question of two strangers, or to discuss a question with another stranger.
As the spy, the user inputs any question for the two strangers to answer or discuss and is able to view the discussion as a third party, albeit without being able to contribute further to the conversation.
The service randomly pairs users in one-on-one chat sessions where they chat anonymously using the names "You" and "Stranger" or "Stranger 1" and "Stranger 2" in the case of Spy mode.
Initially, questionable adult content in the video section of Omegle was filtered using image recognition algorithms only.
The newer unmonitored video section allows consenting adults over the age of eighteen the freedom to view, and share with one another, uncensored explicit video streams.
The site was created by 18-year-old Leif K-Brooks of Brattleboro, Vermont, and was launched on March 25, 2009.
and in March 2009 the site introduced a video conferencing feature.