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  • Airtime is reintroducing intimacy to social media
  • Airtime is reintroducing intimacy to social media
    Bradley Huchteman, Creative Commons (2015) ©

Airtime: injecting intimacy into the virtual world

From live-streaming platforms to messenger apps, social media connects people with thousands of ‘friends’ on a daily basis. But while a scroll and a ‘like’ might satisfy some, Airtime is gearing up multi-party live video. Is this the return to intimacy that the connected generation is hungry for?

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Airtime was ahead of its time when it first launched in 2012. The site’s objective was to reintroduce real-life quality time between friends through video, patching holes the internet had left in human communication. But as a website-only video chat platform predating today’s ubiquitous smartphones and high-speed data connections, it was overly ambitious, and the project caved. [1]

Now, as other companies start to catch up with their mission, Airtime has relaunched as an app. They predict a new era in which people – sick of the contrived performances of social media, and equally exhausted ...



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