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So I woke up this morning, and amongst checking my regular websites to see if anything may have happened to virtual me in the 8 hours that I was asleep, I came across a seemingly new internet fad – Omegle.com.

Omegle - bringing anon back

Omegle - bringing anon back

What is this new wonder of the internet I hear you ask? Well, in an internet where anonymity is becoming a thing of the past, where facebook is getting ever more militant over the use of your real name, and usernames like sexybuns83 are frowned upon, it is utterly refreshing to see sites like this one striving to promote the good ol’ days, when the internet was a place where you could be whoever you wanted to be.

But what exactly happens when you let the intenet loose with no face? Well, kind of what you’d expect to happen. A lot of stoopid (sic) people, a lot of male people, and a lot of attempts at cybersex. You really do have to experience it for yourself, although through my brief experimentation this morning, I did manage to secure screengrabs of some choice converstions. First up, what happens when you take evangelism to the internet.

Net evangelism FAIL

Net evangelism FAIL

This was unfortunatly my only encounter with Jesus thus far on the site, but I’m sure there are many more. The next screenshot proves the obvious – say the words anonymous and internet, and any and all males jump at the chance of sex. Remember the days of IRC? Well, some don’t even go through the courtesy of making sure you’re a member of the opposite sex:

Cybersex - you're doing it wrong

Cybersex - you're doing it wrong

Of course, one must also realise that the internet is an international community, as Chinese person from China pointed out:

Chinese person is from China

Chinese person is from China

So my thoughts on this site? Well, good for a laugh, good for observation and good for a bit of fun. But will anything good ever come of it? Probably not so much. But the best thing is just for you to try it all out for yourself. You don’t even need to register, just go to Omegle.com. There’s bound to be some comedy gold waiting there, just for you. If you come across a gem, then stick it in the comments. I could do with a laugh.

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