The Launch of Airtime Video Chat App

Previously, Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker gave us Napster, and now they give us Airtime.  If you think Airtime is just another ChatRoulette, then you are dead wrong. Unveiled on Tuesday in a star-studded press conference in New York, big names like Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Fallon, and others were in attendance for the event.

Airtime is a video chatting service that syncs with a user’s Facebook account and encourages discovery through shared areas of interest. It is promised that the nudity problems that doomed Chatroulette won’t be an issue, all thanks to a ‘one strike and you’re out’ policy, as well as a technology that blurs out genetalia. You are also more likely to have a celebrity run-in with the service, or land a sweet internship opportunity, like one D.C. student.

The Facebook app, which has been in the works for more than a year, appears as a split screen, with the user on the left side and a friend on the right. Users can share videos or just talk. Green-shaded boxes beneath each participant show common interests. Friends can award one another “applause meter” points.

There are still many kinks that need to be worked out, and only time will tell how this new video service will shape how we communicate with new people. Do you think this is the web’s “next big thing?” Share your thoughts below, or contact us.

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