Omegle, the online chat service that would connect you to strangers (and quite frequently, their genitals) is dead. No literally, if you visit it now there is even a tombstone.
For those who don't know, Omegle began in 2009 as a service that randomly paired users in one-on-one chat sessions, where you could chat anonymously with or without your camera on. It became a go-to bit of fun for millennials in the early 2010s, and in its later years helped a bunch of Gen Z TikTokers go viral.
The service was grossly abused by many people and was wrapped up in issues of discrimination, pornography and child abuse cases during its 14-year reign, which is partly why it was dissolved on November 8.
Currently, the homepage features a goodbye note from founder Leif K-Brooks, who opened the site when he was 18.
"If the internet is a manifestation of the 'global village', Omegle was meant to be a way of strolling down a street in that village, striking up conversations with the people you ran into along the way," he wrote, while stating "there can be no honest accounting of Omegle without acknowledging that some people misused it, including to commit unspeakably heinous crimes".
The page also includes a quote from author Douglas Adams:
"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."
That about sums it up.
But for a generation of millennials, Omegle was also a formative experience, as evidenced by the below shared memories.
1. The d*cks.
Okay, let's just get the obvious out of the way first. If you spent even seconds on Omegle, you probably saw a penis. Most likely, multiple penises.