Omegle.com: Forget Friends, Website Offers Chat With Strangers

05/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Douglas Quenqua New York Times

Omegle.com connects its users with random, anonymous strangers for a private, real-time chat. The site, which started last month, was developed by Leif K-Brooks, an 18-year-old amateur Web programmer and high school student in Vermont who was worried that people's Web interactions had "become stagnant."

"You can't learn anything from someone exactly like you," said Mr. K-Brooks.

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