Guys from Napster Launch Airtime Video Chat

June 6th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker banded together once again to develop Airtime, a Web-based person-to-person video chat that reminds you of Chatroulette and Omegle, but this one requires your Facebook account to join. While the two services matches you with a random chatmate, Airtime matches people with common interests, more particularly the interests you input and the pages you liked on Facebook.

Although Airtime claims to All Things D it allows users to chat anonymously and users can opt to have their name private, our hands-on experience shows it can be a bit tricky. Once you have set up your Airtime account–just launching the service using your Facebook account–the service requires you to allow it to control your webcam and microphone. Once you see yourself on screen, click the microphone icon on the upper left corner to re-edit your webcam and mic settings to make you unseen. We still are looking for ways to keep user names hidden, however.

Because Airtime uses your Facebook account, the system knows who you are. Any inappropriate behavior and you are kicked off the service.

The chatting aspect is a bit more intimate and reciprocal, due to synchronous video medium that eliminates the awkwardness of reading each other’s body languages. Chatters can also share videos from YouTube. If you are not into chatting with random Airtime user, you can ping your existing Facebook friends for a round of video chat. It does not require downloading additional software apart from the latest Flash.

The founders of Airtime claim that an iOS app is also in the works, while music deals are being discussed. Future plans also include built-in games and video effects.

Source: All Things D


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