Free Chat Sites Where You Can Talk to Random Strangers
We use the Internet for a lot of different tasks, but one major reason is to be social. The need to interact is a human condition that brings most normal people comfort and satisfaction. This is why Facebook is so popular.
But there are many other sites where people can meet. Many are styled like forums or bulletin boards where people post comments and then come back later to see if anyone has responded. There are many sites, however, that facilitate real-time exchanges that are as close to face-to-face conversations as you can get online.
One of the most popular sites is called Omegle, where members converse via video, audio, or just plain text. It’s a great place to meet random people and just pick up a conversation with a complete stranger. But as is true with most big sites, Omegle has become overpopulated.
Below, you'll find a deeper look into several real-time chat sites like Omegle where you can connect with new friends.
10 Omegle Alternatives
TinyChat is of the largest voice and video chat services on the Internet today. The company boasts that users produce a combined 5 million minutes of airtime per day. There you will find thousands of chat rooms, even some that were started by people in your local area, and if you don’t find a topic you like, you can create your own.
TinyChat allows up to 12 video feeds per room and uses an API where users can stream live video of shows hosted on the service, and it doesn’t cost a thing. People come together online to converse via mic, video, or instant messaging.
Chatroulette is a webcam-based chat service that has the unique approach of pairing users with random strangers. It's supposed to be like playing Russian roulette, only instead of dueling with a gun, you parry verbally via typed messages and/or webcam, and if you say or do something your partner doesn't like, they leave the chat ("kill" the conversation).
It was created in 2009 by a 17-year-old kid who ran the site out of his bedroom in his parents' home. Even without advertising, this site grew to an enormous size by word of mouth. After several years of trial and error, it has finally reached the point where it can effectively filter out inappropriate behavior.
Users have to register and agree to the terms of service and violators will be filtered by the site's moderators. The majority of users are under 30, and there are more male than female users. It's definitely R rated, at least.
Chatrandom has some big goals, one of which is to become a household name like Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. This is another webcam site that pairs a user up with another random user. It came into existence as an alternative to Chatroulette because that site was changing the rules too often.
To meet that goal, they are connecting people from all over the world and adding new countries and languages all the time. You can choose to interact randomly with one other person, with a group, or with girls only. You can also select a preference for conversations via video, with gay users, or in a specific language. They are also adding additional webcam and other services to satisfy users' expectations.
Fruzo is much more than just another video chat service. It is a unique online dating social network where users can connect through their current Facebook profile or create a completely new profile just for this network. Here, the user can find a potential match, follow and make friends and, of course, video chat.
There is a search function to find connections by age, gender, location, or keyword. Users can also upload and scroll through unlimited pictures. Since Fruzo can be used on your mobile device, the service can be accessed from virtually anywhere.
These guys are taking social networking to a new level by allowing users to have video chats with up to three people at a time. FaceFlow offers "free video chat & video conferencing with your friends, directly on your web browser," but you can also choose to talk with strangers. Users can now create a searchable profile and are encouraged to share their favorite pictures and YouTube videos.
Beyond being just another webcam chat service, this site is more in line with the great services offered by Skype. It offers text and one-on-one video chats. And to make things more interesting, FaceFlow has released a multiplayer game called Flappy which looks pretty tough.
Hey-People claims to be an “experimental and non-commercial project.” There are no ads and the site is set up for random chats with strangers. It has an easy user interface: to get started, you just complete a quick and easy registration where you choose a username and password. Once you are ready, you have the option of connecting with a stranger based on mutual interests: Nothing Special, Dating, Small Talk, Freak Show, or Adult Stuff.
Once you make your selection, just click the “ZAP” button and you will be connected. If you like the person you are connected with, you can click the “Friendship” button to "meet" this person again. If you don’t like them, click the “Blacklist” button and you will never be connected to that person again. It’s a simple and easy way to start video chatting.
On iMeetzu, you'll find random live video chats as well as text chat rooms which make it similar to Omegle, but iMeetzu takes goes one step further. After the randomness, you are invited to join a free online dating or friend finder.
This is one of the fastest growing social networking sites of this kind, with over a thousand new members joining every day. Whether you are looking for dates or just trying out your lines before you jump back into the dating pool, this is a close as you can get to practicing face-to-face.
ChatRad claims to be a G-rated version of sites like Chatroulette and it is pretty tough on users who misbehave. They want people to act as they would in the real world, where people don’t go running around naked or trying to expose themselves at every opportunity… at least not in my world.
ChatRad is still a random video chat site but with a 24/7 team of moderators, they are keeping it clean and staying on course with their vision of a site where anyone 18 and older can enjoy meeting people in a safe environment, protected from adult behavior, to connect around topics of interest rather than sexual proclivity.
FaceBuzz bills itself as sort of a game. It is a random video chat network but it also allows users to rate each other, which makes it a pretty fun place to meet interesting characters. I think most are looking to make other people laugh and they do some outrageous things and wear some pretty clever costumes and disguises.
FaceBuzz puts a pretty fun spin on speed dating, which is sort of what this is. Once you find someone you like or find interesting, you can add them to your friends list and request a mutual friendship. More than anything else, this is a place where you can just be a goofball and have some fun.
Bazoocam is another random webcam chat site that is heavily moderated to keep it clean. Like some of the other sites mentioned, you are randomly paired with a stranger. If you don’t like what you see, then you press the “skip” button and move on to another person.
Bazoocam offers a few multiplayer games that you can join in as ice breakers or if you are bored talking about yourself. If you are bored, they suggest doing something out-of-the-ordinary but warn you to keep your clothes on. Try putting on a costume or playing some of your favorite music. Heck, play the guitar or a kazoo, and you will find many people to talk to.
Rules for Meeting Strangers Online
- Don’t do or say anything you might later regret. Your chat, text, audio, or video can easily be recorded and used against you.
- If you are being bullied, report it and blacklist the user.
- Do the same if you witness someone being bullied.
- Don’t share personal information with anyone. Professional scammers will phish for your information.
- Don’t leave anything personal in the frame of your video chat, such as family photos or any other detail an abuser can use to track you down.
- Teach your family how to be safe while using any of these services. While most of them are heavily moderated, there are still some clever predators out there.
- Have fun… that’s what it is all about.
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Cassie's fuck on August 30, 2020:
Yeah omegle is wayyyy better but I do like facebuzz
Depressed Person on October 04, 2019:
Honestly if you're looking to chat on something better then omegle of course without all the m or f bullshit these really aren't the ones to go to they suffer exactly from the same problem as omegle they really aren't any better then omegle some are even worser then omegle *sighs*......
Meaaa on September 10, 2019:
Hy guys haha
Naney on August 20, 2019:
Rosa on August 17, 2019:
Sgt Ken on July 19, 2019:
I hope we dont go to WAR, over OIL? ,and $$$ whats the matter with these people ?
Idk why I’m here on June 29, 2019:
Just read me name
Not A Bot on April 03, 2019:
Im a bot
hrbj on March 29, 2019:
do you like tik tok
riannah on March 18, 2019:
hey people this is banned at my school
Bailey on March 10, 2019:
Hi how are you how been doing
MAK on March 03, 2019:
tt on November 01, 2018:
its banned at my school
ITS_EM on May 02, 2018:
anyone know a web site were you can chat in privet
bilal afzal on December 30, 2017:
Good manners is good power
none of your business who i am on December 22, 2017:
I have my ups and downs with chat rooms. Some are more intense than others. I've stayed away from certain ones because people are so demanding, and it's a little stressful. One thing i have learned from past experiences is to never give out the personal info. It's not safe. You may think your life is worthless or you're like "I can do whatever I want because nothing is going to happen to me." Well you're wrong. People prey on others and they find them and do horrible stuff. So make sure to BE SAFE and NEVER MEET IN PERSON UNLESS YOU'RE GOING TO BRING A FRIEND OR YOU'VE KNOWN THIS PERSON FOR A WHILE NOW AND YOU THINK IT'S SAFE TO MEET UP!
Dony on December 11, 2017:
I love to chat on ChatBlink there is many action and other apps is just boring...
L Bob Hill on October 15, 2017:
l love then all but love Omegle chat with strangers best of the lot
Lele on July 12, 2017:
Love it I shared it
behi on June 03, 2017:
EAST. WEST. HOME IS A BEST
Emily on June 02, 2017:
my name is emily i like to see the world
Muhammed on May 09, 2017:
I don't speak English can you help me
jessic on May 07, 2017:
thanks for your help
kirakaru on April 01, 2017:
is there a chat site that allows you to send an invite to your friends so you and them can talk?
Linda on March 30, 2017:
Happy to be here
nathen lacher on December 26, 2016:
Did everybody have a great christmas got a bike
Kami3339 on November 25, 2016:
i tried chatblink roulette, sometimes it's loading longer, but i found really funny people there...
Peter on May 17, 2016:
I prefer random chat www.7strangers.com. If you lost connection with stranger you can will leave a message - it's good idea, missing this on omegle chat.
Richard Bivins (author) from Charleston, SC on February 14, 2015:
Thank you RonElFran... I believe most of these sites are meant to provide some sort of entertainment since most of them recommend users to wear costumes or masks or play an instrument... I have used them to survey people's interests on certain subjects and even to spread the word about a certain topic. You would be amazed at how many people would click through to a link from a direct request.
Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on February 14, 2015:
In one way these sites are like ham radio, which I was involved in as a teenager. You could put out a CQ (which says I'm available to talk) and connect to other hams all over the world. The difference, I think, is that there was a common core, and an implicit code of conduct, among ham operators that just connecting to random people doesn't provide. I probably won't be joining any of these sites any time soon, but I enjoyed learning about them.
Richard Bivins (author) from Charleston, SC on February 14, 2015:
@Chriswillman90 Thank you for the visit and comment and I agree that finding safe places to chat is very important.
@Tannai Hatembo Thank you as well. While I point out some safety tips in the Things to Consider section, I'm sure there are many points that could be added. I have an article in process that sort of meets some of your expectations, at least on the professional level. I'll have to put some thought in the live social meets as it would be hard to anything other than a generalized piece for certain age groups as there is no 'one size fits all' to the subject.
Tannai Hatembo on February 13, 2015:
I liked this article, but wasn't too fond of how it brings light to talking to strangers. That can be incredibly dangerous. Yes the internet is a great place to be social...from a distance. It's also a great resource for meeting strangers for business related matter. I'd love to read an article about how to be more social and meet people outdoors written by you. Despite the subject, your writing is very informative and engaging.
Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on February 12, 2015:
A lot of good info on these kinds of sites. I myself have never tried them but many people I know have and they're looking for the best and safest way to do these chats. I know the last thing they want is to be exposed to something pornographic. I enjoyed reading this hub voted up.
Tim Anthony on February 12, 2015:
Well said! There are plenty of software companies today’s are talking up marketing personalizationand provide great video chat websites like Omegle available for fans of video chat. Hence allow us to easily connect with others in a fun and safe environment.
Richard Bivins (author) from Charleston, SC on February 11, 2015:
Glad I could help Manikandan001... thanks for the visit and comment.
Mani from India on February 11, 2015:
Good information for us. I was also using other sites. Interesting hub which gives good exposure. Most of here i viewing as first time, i was searching for this. Thanking you very much.
Richard Bivins (author) from Charleston, SC on February 07, 2015:
@sunilkunnoth2012 Thank you for the read and visit.
@Suzanne Day Thank you as well. I normally use Google Hangouts or Skype but this is different. As a fiction writer I find it useful to play around on these random chat sites to get a feel for current trends and language usage/slang... but besides that, they're just plain entertaining.
Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on February 07, 2015:
Lots of useful review here! I usually use Messenger or Facebook MSN, but it is not quite real time and you can't just chat to anyone if you feel like it because people are a bit cautious sometimes and are not expecting to! Thanks for the information and voted useful.
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on February 06, 2015:
Interesting and Informative. Hence shared. Thank you for this post.