After more than a year in development Facebook’s latest app, called Airtime, has launched – and Mark Zuckerberg surprised users when he checked out the video chat service for himself today.
Created by Napster founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, Airtime is a one-on-one video chat service that allows users to share live video with their Facebook friends, as well as strangers who have similar interests.
One New York blogger, Ronen V, tried out the new app today and was shocked when Zuckerberg was the first ‘stranger’ he chatted to.
The app appears as a split screen with the user on the left side and the person they are chatting to on the right.
So Ronen V could see the billionaire Facebook founder when he popped up using the chat-a-stranger feature.
‘I was still figuring it out, it was my first ‘random’ airtime chat,’ Mr. V. told Betabeat.com. ‘Once I realized who he was, I just thanked him for making Facebook. After like 30 seconds he NEXTed me.’
When users no longer want to talk to the person they are chatting with – they press the Next button to speak to someone new.
Conversely, if you like the person you are chatting to you can reward them with stars, which will earn them badges and a higher credibility rating.
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