Airtime the new networking service offered by Napster is supposed to help users branch out from your Facebook friends while still making it easier to share content with current friends. The company planned the launch in New York, but co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning didn’t expect what happened.
The company wants to offer seamless chat with friends and new people based on location, interests, and other things you share on Facebook. Airtime allows users to reveal their identity and share content such as Youtube videos. The idea was great. But technical problems and a manic, nervous Parker took centerstage.
Parker invited some of his celebrity friends Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, Ed Helms, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Carrey, Alicia Keys and Snoop Dogg to demonstrate using Airtime, but the comics turned the show into a in a bizarre game of celebrity promotional (video) telephone. Technical glitches such as Parker’s mic troubles mounted after Jimmy Fallon interviewed the co-founders.
One awkward moment was when Jim Carrey asked where was the button to steal free music from Airtime. But Carrey was quick to defend the service, he blurted out in the general room that Airtime “really is a pretty good idea.”
Parker later thanked the actors quick thinking for saving the launch amidst ”a fucked up [technical] situation,” he even joked that the event has always been ”weird [for him] to do.” After the event, Parker says that he sees Airtime immediately competing in music and social games.
After everything, Airtime did get some air time. Let’s just hope their bright idea will soon emerge from this little glitch.