Airtime is a tool that people with Facebook accounts can use to chat with their friends face-to-face, without having to download any extra plug-ins or software. In addition to chatting with their friends, Facebook users can also use the web-based platform to record videos and connect with interesting people from around the globe.
Airtime is similar to Chatroulette, but with a sophisticated – and hopefully safer –twist. Login through Facebook and launch the Airtime platform inside your current browser to begin video chatting with friends and strangers. The application will search through your Facebook friends to see who’s online, and you can leave brief video messages for any friends who don’t “pick up” after you’ve “called” their computers with the app. In addition to searching through people you already know on Airtime, the web-application also helps you meet new people who live nearby, share similar interests, or run in similar social circles. One way that Airtime helps to get conversations between strangers going in a positive direction is by providing each user with a list of the other person’s personal interests and hobbies. The application protects your identity when you’re meeting new people online by obscuring your name and identifying details. This information remains private up until you request to add the person you’re chatting with as a friend on Facebook.
To ensure that calls between two anonymous users haven’t ventured into Chatroulette territory, Airtime periodically scans its users’ conversations looking for any signs of inappropriate conduct. The web-app also awards users with badges and points that they can earn for having “quality” conversations with strangers, making new friends through the platform, and inviting friends people to join the service.
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