philip lelyveld The world of entertainment technology


Tired of Zoom? Try having random video chat with strangers on Omegle

  • Omegle, a website that pairs random visitors through video and text chat, has spiked in popularity over the last four months.
  • Recordings of Omegle videos have helped creators generate content on other platforms and go viral.
  • Omegle has been a boon for Gen Z influencers, who have used the site to host impromptu virtual meet-and-greets and events.

Though the site has been around for more than a decade (it was founded in 2009, a few months before Chatroulette, by tech entrepreneur Leif K-Brooks, who was 18 at the time and did not respond to a request for an interview), it has recently seen a resurgence, particularly with teenagers feeling alienated by months of remote learning and limited face-to-face socializing.

It’s been really popular for TikTokers to search their names and see the fans’ reaction when they see them pop up onscreen. It’s a big trend.”

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