A few services are trying to recreate the spontaneity of random online encounters, adding a modern twist: live video chats. The latest of these, Airtime, made its debut on Tuesday.
One of its founders, Sean Parker said video chats brought a human touch to Internet-based communication. Apple has its own video calling service, FaceTime, and Google added a chat tool called Hangouts to its Google Plus network. Airtime also faces social-minded start-up competitors like TinyChat, ooVoo and Ustream. NYT