Is Airtime the next ChatRoulette?
Posted by Jonathan Patrick
Airtime is the latest hot startup to be discussed on TechCrunch and Business Insider. Tied to Facebook, Airtime allows you to connect with people you do or do not know based on social interests. Google Hangouts accomplishes a similar result.
Let me just say that we were one of the first to help people connect face to face with people you don’t, but should know. In our case it was based on professional needs.
While I see the value in what Airtime and Google Hangouts are trying to facilitate, I wonder if this is just ChatRoulette in a different skin. While I never tried their service, ChatRoulette ended up being awkward for participants. Their site connected you randomly, not based on any filters. And often times the person on the other end of the video stream was acting or dressed inappropriately.
One way they can overcome these issues is to have a built in rating system. On our site we require feedback on each member after each meeting. Similar to eBay’s feedback system, our “NetQuotient”, helps networkers avoid unprofessional behavior.
So, I am curious. Will you try out these services? Do you see usage being more personal or professional?