Photo from Airtime Facebook page
A few weeks ago a new social network joined the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google +. Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, the same minds who brought Napster into our virtual worlds, created the first live video network, named Airtime.
This network uses live video links to bring people with similar interests together. You can log in with your Facebook account and, based on your preferences, Airtime connects you with people who have similar interests. In addition, you can choose between people who live close to you or half way around the world. That way you can expand your friends circles.
You can opt between a direct call with one of your Facebook friends, or a matched call, with someone the network pairs you with, based on your interests.
What’s the difference between Airtime and other instant messaging service like Skype or Yahoo! Messenger? First of all, it gives the possibility of creating new friendships with people that you wouldn’t otherwise meet. They’ve also put up a safety measure for the matched calls, since those are most likely between people who don’t know each other. That is why, during those calls, screenshots are being taken without video or audio recordings.
The network went live on June 5 and among the initial investors are Ashton Kutcher and Will. I. Am.
Here’s an introductory video for Airtime to get you started.