Airtime, the new video chat site from the Napster guys, has been out for a few days now, and we decided to see what it's like. Unfortunately, it seems it's already devolving into a bunch of guys looking for boobs. (But, no penises!)
The service is basically a gussied up version of Chatroulette. You sign in through your Facebook account, and it connects you to people based on the things you 'like' or have shared with Facebook friends. You can choose to try and narrow your connections to users who are near you, who you share mutual friends with, or who have similar interests. If Chatroulette was the early, nerdy precursor, Airtime is Rachel Leigh Cook's character in She's All That after she's been made over. A video chat service ready for the prom.
But yes, the lonely male problem is alive and well on Airtime. We spent about an hour on the site the first time we visited. We stopped keeping track after the sixth guy hit 'Next' on us without so much as saying hello. More than a few wouldn't even acknowledge us. "I've gotten a lot of weird dudes in their bed," my roommate said to one girl he connected with. Through the first fifteen minutes or so, we didn't even see a single female on the site. Everyone we connected with was male. We talked to the ones who stayed long enough to talk, but mostly we were shuttled along into the system. It was bunch of dudes in a room together, all looking for the same thing. We finally ran into one girl, who hit 'Next' right away, but the second one actually stayed to talk to us and even added us as a friend. Hi Cheyanne in California!