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Airtime: The Chat Room Redefined

Gary Vaynerchuk put it best when he said “this is huge.” New to the social scene is Airtime: a video platform for launching random conversations with people who share the same interests as you. It’s easy to get started. Visit the Airtime website and login in using Facebook. The interface will find your camera, any friends using the platform, pull in your interests, and get you set up. To join in on the fun, click on the big “Talk to Someone” button and get started.

The idea seems random and crazy and it is. However, don’t be alarmed. Remember all those chat rooms from the 90’s? You jumped in and didn’t know who you were talking to. Well, now you do and they’ll actually have something in common with you. The magic starts with the “Talk to Someone” button. If you don’t want to connect with someone you already know (like your friends on Facebook), Airtime will find someone you share an interest with and pair you up. The possibilities here are endless. This random connection could turn out to be new friend, a possible business connection, or even your next boyfriend or girlfriend.

If you’re not interested in who you’re talking to, you can simply hit “end” and Airtime will find you someone else to talk to. Wonderful! By default, Airtime will pull interests from your Facebook profile. If you want to edit the list or just talk to people with one specific interest, you can edit the list at any time within the platform.

Aside from chatting with potential new friends or love connections, you can share videos with your new found pals. Currently, you can only share videos uploaded to YouTube.  Once your video starts to play, your webcam feed shrinks to a corner and you can also mute the video if you’d like to chat about it.

Airtime is everything I love about social media and takes it one step further. I have always enjoyed making new friends on Twitter, etc and always wondered what they look like or when I’d see them in person. Airtime gives me an opportunity to meet those friends and connections I might see elsewhere while making new ones.

Are you on Airtime? What do you think about its impact on social media? Let us know in the comments below.

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