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Omegle: Project Upstream's official stance

We are Project Upstream, the creators and maintainers of a network of robotic fish which provokes spontaneous conversations between random Internet users. Our mission has always been simple: to promote social ideals using innovative technology.

Recently, a new player entered our field: Omegle, a Web site which pairs its users up randomly for Web-based chat sessions. Although it does not operate over instant messaging services, Omegle's functionality is very similar to our own.

We have always had competitors -- some of which even preceded us -- but until now, we have accepted them. However, Omegle is not just a copycat; it is a copycat with commercial interests. Omegle sells an Apple iPhone application for profit, and its site features an advertising banner prominently.

Project Upstream's ideas are intended for nothing but the advancement of society, and we consider it unacceptable for any person or group to appropriate them for financial gain. As of today, our enemy is Omegle, and our goal is its destruction.

If you disapprove of how Omegle is using our ideas, we encourage you to inform them of your opinion via the Omegle feedback form. Project Upstream thanks you for your support.


I think Project Upstream totally promotes social ideals. They just might not be the same social ideals that, say, Bono promotes--but they are social ideals nonetheless, for sure, and I actually think I like them better.
[Missing Hat - Mystery School]

December 2012

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