Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Welcome to the Omegle blog!

Hello, Internet, and welcome to the Omegle blog!

It's been wonderful (and a little bit bemusing) to see Omegle gaining such huge popularity. I've been writing computer programs for many years, but this is my first project to go viral. When I launched the site on March 25th and saw it hit 100 online users for the first time, I was ecstatic. Now, just five days later, that number has grown exponentially to over 1800—and the growth shows no signs of slowing!

Watching people and Web sites discover Omegle has been a great experience. Thanks to (in no particular order) Veronica Belmont, How Stuff Works, MegaByte TV, Sarah Lane, Tess Salalac, Google Blogoscoped, and everyone else who has been tweeting and blogging about Omegle. Also, a big thank you to all of the users who have helped to make the site a success!

On the technical side of things, everything is pretty much wonderful. Omegle uses the excellent Twisted networking library, which has made scaling a breeze. I would like to say more on this subject, but everything has been so problem-free that's there's nothing more to say.

Trolls are currently the biggest problem facing Omegle. Unfortunately, a percentage of the site's user base, instead of trying to have interesting conversations, likes to harass other users through vulgarity, spamming, and so on. I consider this a very serious issue, and I'm working on methods of controlling it as much as possible. In the mean time, I hope Omegle's users will continue weathering the storm, and enjoying the site despite its trolls.

Keep Omegling, everyone!

PS:Surf And Chat like a Alien


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