The team that brought the world Napster in 1999 is back with a new disruptive start-up called Airtime – a video social network that promises high-quality video conferencing that will compete with Skype and other video networks.
Parker, who also played a role in Facebook’s early days, and Fanning, whose invention of peer-to-peer (P2P) technology for sharing music turned the music industry on its head, say Airtime is designed to create live-shared experiences online.
“Airtime is the most efficient, easy to use, browser-based video chat service between friends using their existing Facebook networks,” they wrote in Airtime’s blog. “The service allows you to share live experiences through content, and expand beyond your social graph to discover new people through similar interests in an environment that is collaborative, fun and safe.”
At the time of writing some 12,101 people had logged into Airtime.
Airtime is now available online. No download is required and all users need is a Facebook account and a webcam.