Sean Parker’s Airtime is Mind Blowing
Sean Parker is considered as one of the top pioneers of the Digital Age. With his notorious startup of Napster, his involvement in making thefacebook to Facebook and of course the online contacts management called Plaxo. Parker innovated every possible niche with some revolutionary websites and a few months back when I heard that he was working on his next new project called Airtime I was excited.
Airtime was finally released at a grand event help yesterday where Co-Founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning showed some of the features behind this random video chat service. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg reportedly said that Airtime is nothing more than Chat roulette but my experience differs a lot from that saying.
Airtime has great potential for business connections, long lasting friendships and random useful networking with just a click of a button. The way this service is structured is what makes it so different and engaging from the rest of them like Chat Roulette or Omegle.
The backbone of Airtime is Facebook. You need to have a Facebook Account in order to use airtime and it makes complete sense. Basically this video networking service connects you to random strangers sharing common interests with you. These interest lists are grabbed from your Facebook profile and you can edit and add new areas of interest directly inside Airtime. Once you are done adding things you like, all you need to do is hit the Talk to Someone Button on the left.
Airtime will search for like- minded people and connect you to a random stranger on a simple video chat environment. You need to have a good Webcam and microphone in order to use Airtime properly. You can video chat with them, add them as friends which requires an accepting from the anonymous user from the other end as well. There is also a place on the lower right hand side that allows you to chat via text. I personally found the green chat section to be camouflaged. On the right hand side you will see a nice little area where you can showcase your videos or search YouTube to start playing them on your screen. I think that this concept is copied from Microsoft’s Latest So.cl Social networking site. Once you get connected with someone the common interest will pop up helping you start a conversation and also giving you a clearer picture of the person who are talking to. Once you are done talking to someone hit the next button to find another stranger.
The interface is clean and simple. One thing you will notice is links to all of your Facebook Friends on the right hand corner of the site. This means that you can invite anyone from your friend circle to Airtime and Video Chat with them.
There is also a points system for your profile giving you badges and scores every time you Video Chat with someone. Overall I think that Airtime will prove fruitful for those hoping to skip paid networking meetings and trying this free service. Last but not the least there is also this report abuse button in case you find something offensive.
Sean Parker launched the service with some celebrities at a spectacular event and I can totally see how Airtime will change the way we communicate with strangers making us smarter and spontaneous.