Some of you might have heard of “Google Trends“, formerly known as “Google Insights for Search”. On that site, you can check how popular some searches were in the past. When you currently visit our homepage, you can see that the five most popular random chat sites were Omegle, Chatroulette, Chatrandom, Stickam and Bazoocam. This popularity rating is based on the Alexa rating at the end of November 2012.
We were wondering how often these sites are searched in Google. As you can see in the following chart (taken from Google Trends), Chatroulette is the most searched term of the five, closely followed by Omegle. Since about two months, searches for the Omegle chat site have significantly increased:
What you can also see from the chart is that searches for Chatroulette have dropped by about 1/3 since it was widely covered in the media. This is only a small drop and it shows that Chatroulette has become widely popular, also without daily media coverage.
What amazes us more is that the other three large alternative sites, all with an Alexa ranking of currently between 8’000 and 20’000, are searched much less frequently than Omegle and Chatroulette. This might have various reasons. We believe two reasons are probable: either the Alexa figures are completely biased or have been faked, or these three alternative sites have not yet become a “brand”. This is something that isn’t true for Omegle, which has positioned itself as a great alternative to Chatroulette.