Omegle community investigated! return(stats);
Usually every once in a while, a friend tells you about another online service and suggests that you take a look at it! I was suggested to take a look at Omegle.com, being told that it’s a text-based Chatroulette-like website where trolling is something common!
I always leave these kinds of suggestions to the time when I get really bored. The time came, and I’ve been unleashed! First thing I realized is that the majority of the community are perverts seeking for perverted chitchats! However, there’s also another group which just wants to waste time and have fun and/or trolling! Although I was disgusted, I though a place like this should be investigated.
A grabbed one of them trolls and carried a chitchat with him. The guy I was with seemed to be trolling a lot that he started to say incorrect information that I had to correct him – I fed the troll! He didn’t stop. I -for some reason- replied with a “Thank God you’re not a web-designer”, I’m not sure why I said it. But then he said ‘I am’! That sounded serious enough for me to ask him more about it anxiously. At the end, I figured out that he’s a computer science student who thinks Ubuntu/Linux is a bit difficult and he only uses it only a professor asks them. Of course, I offered him my assistance. He had to leave later. :(
Since I met that guy, there was one question that I couldn’t stop thinking about which was: How many people know about Linux on this site? I couldn’t leave the question unanswered; I started an instant project! And because I had everything I needed to know, I started right away! The technique was to post ‘Ubuntu?’ once a person is connected. If he knows anything about Linux or Ubuntu, he/she would reply with ‘YES!!’, otherwise, they’d disconnect immediately!
I started my investigation, I had to copy the word ‘Ubuntu’ seeing that I was getting disconnected a lot. Though, I noticed that one can easily know if one is a pervert or a seeker-of-joy, it’s by the first word that is sent over; if it’s an ‘asl?’ – which turned out to be: age, sex, location- then the chances are the person is a pervert, however, if it’s anything else -including ‘Hello :)’- then the person just wants to waste his/her time joyfully! Knowing that made me skip pervs faster. While doing my thing, I found myself more anxious! I thought that was it, just pervs and normal people. However, I was wrong; In a world like ours we should always know that bots exist! Figuring that out was a piece of cake, stuff any human would notice:
- Periodically delayed replies.
- 0% intelligence. If you’re not the perv the programmer had in mind, you’d realize replies would make no sense!
- No notification saying ‘Stranger is writing’, messages are sent instantaneously once the period of time passes.
So here’s my first encounter: (Warning, contains profanities)
After laughing my head off and looking at it again, I also wanned to know how many bots exist in this community seeing that many are fooled! Later, one of the bots I encountered gave me a bit.ly link of a spam site; If you didn’t know, by adding a ‘+’ to any bit.ly url would give you a stats page of the linked url. That page showed more 16,000+ clicks!! Sadly, I lost the link! :/
I carried on my investigation. I have met some awesome and interesting Ubuntu/Linux users, and some who know what it is but use other systems. I had two sessions, one in the morning and one after midnight. I questioned 25 individuals during each session. I ended up with the following stats:
Out of 50, there were 37 perverts/Illiterates! Basically, they are the ones who either disconnected once Ubuntu was posted, replied with cusses, or who actually said that they don’t know what it is. Of course, whenever one told me that, I either gave him a brief info about it, or told him/her to Google it! The funny thing is, there are some polite people over there, 3 individuals actually said “No, sorry.”! XD … As for the bots, I encountered 8 f them. Geeks? They were 5! And out of curiosity I asked everyone of them for the reason of coming to the site and they all said ‘Boredom’.
- Omegle.com has a community filled with filth, bots, and trolls!
- When people get bored, they should investigate communities awesomely!
- Percentage of people knowing about Linux is 10% of Earth’s total population*!
*A study can be generalized on a larger population as long as the sample is randomly picked. The sample is random, Omegle did that for me! XP
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