What's your chatroulette omegle story that you have?
[MUSIC: Frank Lam, Hip-Hop in the Zone]
For a long time, my friends and I would sneak out of our houses at night and play Omegle. We were in our bedroom, and there was this ad on the wall. You know, all this stuff. And we'd just stare at it, and we'd be like, What is this? And no one noticed. Then one night, we were listening to the radio and all of a sudden, like, a really long, guttural hum started coming from the TV. And we realized it was this dude coming in from the other side of the internet. And we could see his username was mega. And we were like, Who is this? What is he doing online? And he typed megabot in the search bar, and we knew immediately that this was not Megaupload. This was not like the website. We had looked every possible URL on the internet, and that had not brought us any information. So we continued to stare at the ad, hoping maybe this guy had seen our site. But we were both sorely mistaken. We continued to stare at the ad, and finally, one evening, just tired of staring at it, I hit refresh and went to the home page and hit refresh 15 times in succession. And that's how I knew it was time to get out of there.
So for the next six years, I sat by bored-looking down at a laptop, typing away, hoping no one noticed me or knew what I was doing. No one. I had a rough three year stint in a Chinese labor camp for bringing attention to a website that had some minor-league baseball links. And that was that.
I went to court and I went to congress and I went to Internet Service Providers and asked them to do everything in their power to get this domain name and putting it into their networks would bring down the cost of access to that website by a factor of 100. And every single ISP that I talked to about putting a website into their networks brought that price down. And that was just the beginning.
And within a few weeks, I had over 100 friends and I had internet service providers sponsor over 50 events. This was done entirely using internet connection provided by the company sponsoring the event. And that led to things like sponsoring the Boston Marathon last year where I ran into my old roommate Matt Kibbe from KTCX in Boston. And we were both very happy to find that the internet was now brought down to a manor -- well, I guess a mansion -- much to my old roommate's delight.
The point is that people were willing to pay to have their internet access brought down a level in exchange for a video chat or text with someone. Now, if you're thinking, That's absurd, well, we paid for that internet