We are living in an era where technology seems to be upgrading and changing every day. You go buy the newest iPhone, and 6 months later a newer one is unveiled. The same can be said for most of the technology we use on a regular basis. It is plain and simple, people want to be up to date on their products, they want the newest T.V., tablet, iPad, Laptop, or Video game system.
People want to know that they have the hottest thing on the market, it makes them feel good, makes them stay up to date on the current trend. In the social networking outlet it is all about connecting with friends, and how cool a social network website is. The big names like Twitter, Facebook, and Skype are always competing to have new engaging software for its users. Facebook is looking to raise the bar a little bit higher with the launch of their newest software “Airtime”.
Creators of Napster Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning Uneilved Airtime at a media function in New York on Monday June 4, 2012. Airtime is Facebook newest video application, which will compete with the likes of Skype, ooVoo, Tango and other face-to-face video programs. Airtime, whose headquarters are in San Francisco, is designed to go beyond just the normal standard of having Facebook friends. It is meant to set up video discussions between strangers who share a common interest or location reported Benny Evangelista of the San Francisco Chronicle.
“The service brings back more of a sense of exploration” Airtime Chief Operating Officer Michael Polansky said.
More of an exploration is right, just like the Video service “Chat roulette” you get to explore face-to-face interactions with people from all walks of life.
“There’s a whole wide world of people out there you don’t know who maybe you should,” Polansky said.
Having the ability to connect to people is what drives successful social media sites. Airtime has the ability to grow into a whole new world phenomenon with the many different avenues it plans to deliver. For instance when you first open Airtime it will appear as a split screen with yourself popping up on the left side, and the person you’re talking to on the right side.
Facebook Airtime will automatically take you where your hometown is, where you work and the pages you like on Facebook and link them to people with similar data. Along with this, if you find that you have made a good connection with a person you are chatting to, you may actually reward them with stars, which in return will earn them badges, as well as given them a higher credibility rating. Users can also watch YouTube videos together at the same time.
The one thing that became a downfall for Chat Roulette was the indecency of men exposing themselves on the chat site. Airtime took notes and their creators believe they have a solution to the problem. The good thing about Airtime is that they know who its users are and will ban them or report them to authorities if they have been flagged for obscene behavior reported Bloomberg Business week.
Sean Parker mentions that “One of the greatest things about Facebook is that it gives you accountability”.
Who knows how successful Airtime will be in the coming years, but it looks like it has the potential to enhance the Facebook experience. With its launch in New York it will gradually make its way to Facebook’s around the nation in due time, so look out for Airtime coming to your Facebook.