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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Airtime: How does it work



Airtime is an Facebook based App launched by Napster Co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning. it works just the way Chatroulette works but minus creepy people. Chatroulette offers the ability to chat with random strangers from different countries. You do not need to have a bio or a pic. You can just access the service and start using it. Airtime works on the same premise but with one vital difference, it is Facebook based. So you can chat with your friends, friends of friends or people who you don't know but can chat wit h based on similar interests. The reason why this is more fun is because your profile is attached to the video and you don't want to try anything funny with people who can see who you are. 


Airtime: How does it work


How do I get started?
All you need to do is to launch Airtime and then click on Launch Airtime, use your Facebook ID to login, allow access to your webcam, and then click on 'Talk to someone to get started'.


Why do I have to use my Facebook login?
This is a Facebook Webapp and therefore needs your Facebook ID to be operational. Facebook login is also used to ensure that you don't get penis-bombed. This is what happens on Chatroulette, when people point the camera to a part of their anatomy not meant for public display. This brings with it a responsibility because your real name and location can be found out by both parties by clicking on the +1 button below the chat window. Real profiles means real conversations minus creepy behavior.


What happens when someone does not follow protocol and goes ahead with vulgar displays?
The technology of the system can detect when someone is not following guidelines, there are also moderators who are constantly monetering the service. Once banned you cannot get into the service again and you will have to forgo using Airtime.


How to change from Anonymous mode to real mode?
When Air-timming you are initially show as Anonymous and the other person will also be visible as anonymous. To change from anonymous to real name and profile you will need to click the +Add below the chat window of the other person.  


How does Airtime decide who to pair me with?
This is done based on people who are nearby, common interests and Friends of Friends. Based on your Facebook interests Airtime will pair you with a fellow Airtimmer. So let's say you like FarmVille - Airtime will pair you with other people who like Farmville, this is just one example. The more interests you have the winder range of meeting people with all those similar interests. 


How do I know what interest was used to get me my video-chatting partner?
when the other person's window opens you can see the interest Airtime used while making the match. The common interest will pop-up between both windows. If you like the person you can always give them a +1.


What is the Crown badge found below my window?
This is called a founder's badge and you get points based on all your interaction. Also based on how other people rate you with the +1 button. 


Is there a chat window for me to type messages while video chatting?
Yes you find the chat box on the right below the name of the person you are chatting with. You can also type while Airtimming. This is useful if you want to share your Twitter ID or your website or blog with the other person. Works like a normal Facebook chat.


How to add a YouTube video while Chatting?
There is a YouTube search bar, use it to find the video and start playing while you continue chatting and sharing the video simultaneously. 


Can I leave a video message if one of my friends are not online on Facebook?
All you need to do is to click on your friends name and use the record button that appears on your chat window to record and leave a video message for your Facebook friends. 


Is there privacy options available on Facebook for Airime?
You can read all about what privacy options you have in another post of ours which can be found here
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