Airtime Lets You Video Chat With Facebook Friends -- Why God, Why?

Do you know what the world needs now? Love, sweet love? No. I mean, really, really needs? Another social networking site! Haha. Of course it doesn't. That's the last freakin' thing the world needs. But we've got one. And it's a biggie. Sean Parker, the dude who invented Napster and who was played by Justin Timberlake in the Facebook movie The Social Network, launched new social networking site called Airtime. It's basically Facebook with video. Yeah, just what we all need. NOT.

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Airtime uses your Facebook account and log-in. All you need to do is turn on your webcam, and you can begin chatting with your FB pals -- or strangers. If you get sick of someone, you can click "next," and begone! chat partner. In that way, it's kind of like Chatroulette, which I tried once, and let's just say that was more than enough. But I don't think your FB friends are gonna take too kindly to being "nexted" -- do you?

While this might catch on with teens and maybe even adults who want to videochat with close friends and relatives, I just don't think this is going to be popular with your average Facebook user. Why? Because Facebook gives us a certain amount of control over our image. We post pics where we look good. Our status updates don't have to be the unvarnished truth. Facebook allows us to socialize without all of the real-life nitty gritty. And by "nitty gritty" I mean me in front of a webcam with no makeup, hair in a ponytail, with a sweatshirt on. Not exactly a pretty picture and not something I want to broadcast -- even to FB pals.

As for the few occasions when I do need to videochat with someone, and I've got time to throw on some lipstick, there's Skype. That said, Sean Parker has been a lot more successful in the tech world than I've been, so he probably knows something I don't. And the kids might love it, especially those under-13 types that Facebook is thinking of allowing (right now you have to be over 13 to use Airtime too).

Here's the new site. Just don't expect me to chat!

Would you use Airtime?

 

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