Some free, one-on-one chat services included Omegle, Skype, Google Hangouts, Facebook Video Chat, AnyMeeting, Meetings.io and TinyChat. Omegle is a Web service that allows users to talk to strangers, while Skype is used to contact known individuals.
The primary draw of Omegle and similar services is the mystery that comes with chatting with a stranger. Omegle lets users input certain interests to chat with similar users or to start a conversation with a completely random person. Skype and similar services are used to contact people already known to the user, though conversations with strangers are also possible. Skype features video chatting as a primary feature, facilitating chats among a group of people.
Anyone with a Google account can use Google Hangouts to stay in touch with friends and family. While it can be downloaded as an Android or iOS app, it is also accessible from Gmail. With a simple e-mail, users can invite others to chat and engage in fun features like desktop sharing and built-in drawing. For Facebook users, Facebook Video Chat is an easy way to chat online with friends from the social network's site. It only requires a small browser plugin to work and offers smooth video, clear audio and convenient access to Facebook friends.
AnyMeeting is technically a videoconferencing service, but it functions well as a video chat service. It is lightweight and features screen sharing, presentation uploading and YouTube video sharing. If those who use AnyMeeting as a chat service ever need to host a webinar or large online conference, AnyMeeting is up to the task. Meetings.io and TinyChat are similar services that offer high-quality online chatting with easy-to-use interfaces.