Sean Parker is on stage revealing his stealth startup, Airtime, to hundreds of press and celebrities at MILK Studios in Manhattan.
He says he and Fanning created Airtime because, while social media has made the world feel smaller, most services leave people processing information and forget to help us interact with people.
“Why is the Internet so boring?” he asks. Parker thinks it’s because nothing spontaneous ever happens and current social networks “leave no room for randomness.”
Airtime, says Parker, is the best and fastest way to video chat with your friends on any platform. It’s web based, so there’s no application to download. No registration is required; everyone signs in with Facebook. Airtime also uses the same social graph as Facebook.
Airtime looks a lot like Chatroulette, except that it pulls in friends’ similar interests. So the person who pops up on your video screen has things in common with you, like the year you were born, or your favourite book.
It’s a collaborative environment, says Parker.Everyone is a participant and a performer.