Airtime: Chatroulette with the support of Facebook
June 06th, 2012 - 05:52 pm ET by J. G.
Napster’s two creators have opened the doors on Airtime. This is a Chatroulette for webcam conversations which calls on Facebook to find partners. One at a time.
Airtime has been officially launched. Centred on video chat, this service benefits from a certain buzz due to the reputation of its designers. Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning are the creators of Napster back when it was an illegal P2P music swapping service.
Airtime resembles Chatroulette... although there will be a lot less exhibitionism, with this being an "evolved version". The service uses the webcam and Flash technology to start a video conversation with other internet users.
To use Airtime though, a Facebook account will be required. This will allow discussions with friends, but also the Chatroulette aspects, with Airtime calling on profile information and selected criteria (location, interests, friends of friends) to determine the best fit possible.
User’s interests and common friends will be displayed in the centre of the screen. Once connected, users will be anonymous until they decide to reveal themselves (via the Add button). Among the functions offered with Airtime’s launch is the possibility of watching YouTube videos together.
Airtime has the traits of an application that Facebook could have offered themselves. It will therefore be interesting to see what Skype has to say about these video calls being made over the social network.
For the moment, Airtime doesn’t work on mobile devices.