Tech savvy consumers have certainly heard the name Sean Parker before. Those who have seen the movie, “The Social Network”, also recognize the former hacker and Internet entrepreneur. Of course, Parker is best known for starting the free music sharing site Napster and getting in on the ground floor of social networking giant Facebook. Parker is now making another name for himself with an Internet startup called AirTime.
AirTime's already has 2,000 monthly users, and the site hasn’t officially launched. Facebook’s (News - Alert) video chat is actually benefiting from its integration with Parker’s venture, and if the site's early popularity is any indication then Parker may have another winner. According to an AirTime insider familiar with the site's testing patterns, the site already has 600 weekly users and 70 active daily users. An app on Facebook's Open Graph Platform is also reportedly in the pipeline.
Thanks in part to Napster, which was shut down on copyright grounds by most major recording companies, Parker is reputed with being the “bad boy” Internet visionary. Justin Timberlake's portrayal in “The Social Network” went a step further with his provocative legend. Only those close to Parker know his real personality, of course, but it does appear that with this new endeavor he is at the very least pragmatic.
Facebook does not yet have its own video chat, one area where the king of social networking falls short to sites like Google (News - Alert) +. Pairing AirTime with Facebook through the Facebook Connect signup process looks to be a positive for AirTime and Facebook alike. The fact that both companies’ bigwigs have worked closely with each other before certainly won't hurt the partnership either.
Edited by Braden Becker