Sean Parker, the Napster guy and one-time President of Facebook, is at a reboot stage with his video-messaging app called Airtime. The once embarrassing moment of launching Airtime the first time among the who’s who bombed, this time there ain’t no glitzy launches. The new version of Airtime looks promising. Well, this time.
So, what’s Airtime? Let me count the ways…
For one, Airtime is founded by Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning and is backed by Kleiner Perkins, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Founders Fund, and a host of unnamed partners. Seeing Kleiner Perkins here means a lot. Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers is a venture capital company in Sand Hill which has backed the likes of AOL, Amazon.com, Navigenics, Citrix, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Genomic Health, Geron Corporation, Google, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Nebula, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Verisign, WebMD and Zynga.
At its original sense back in 2012, Airtime was seen as a live video website with real-time sharing and communication, where Airtime users post videos and respond to them in real-time. Airtime also incorporates a social network to enable users to connect with one another. Today, the social network is a virtual place where people can share content – YouTube videos, Spotify playlists, Giphy gifs and Instagram photos – in real time.
Even if Periscope, Meerkat and Facebook Live already exist, Airtime is hopeful to be the Snapchat of those guys. Well, sort of; much like limiting what you share and broadcast to a smaller, more private audience.
CNet writes, “Parker wouldn’t like the comparison, but Airtime is like the lovechild of Facebook and Google Hangouts. But a major difference from those two: when you’re using Airtime, your avatar is live video of you, so beware.”
With Airtime, you can create group videos and get live with your groups, anytime, anywhere. At home, in the park, in the closet of the break room at work. You can also watch videos and listen to music together while chatting. With the Signal button, your friends are just a tap away. In Airtime, stay close – pull your people together when you’ve got something to say or show. Start sharing the moments (and the non-moments) of your life in real time with your friends. Up to six people can video chat as a group at the same time.
I tried the going to the Airtime blog that’s hosted in Medium but all it has was a “Hello World” blank post. Duh?
The Android version at Google Play Store is labeled as “Airtime – All together now” by Airtime Media Inc. Version 2.1 (remember, version 1.0 bombed) was just update two days ago and is 37.54MB in size.