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Airtime: Sean Parker's Video Chat Based on Facebook Interests

Fresh off his entreprenurial successes with Facebook and Spotify, Sean Parker and business partner Shaun Fanning (of Napster fame) has just announced a clever new video chat platform called Airtime, which is based on connecting users with each other based on Facebook interests. Parker is calling it a more structured Chatroulette — albeit, without all the nudity. Airtime’s functionality is based around the Facebook interest graph, which until now, has only been used to target users with ads, and not to facilitate direct interaction as Airtime aims to do. Once it accesses your public information (upon user approval), the interest graph searches out other users in close proximity, with common interests, or friends of friends and provides you with potential chat partners, or friends to be added to your green-lit “Airtime list.” The interface itself is very simple and largely free of clutter, containing only necessary information and each respective video screen. You can read up more on the specific feature-set, and watch a video of Airtime in action via Mashable.

Photography: Ben Baker

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