In a recent launch of his new video chat service Airtime; Sean Parker announced in front of a large audience that he was somewhat bored with Facebook. Considering Parker recently earned over $2 billion dollars on Facebook’s IPO and his service Airtime is actually powered by the site, this is a pretty bold statement to make to the public.
It is unclear if Parker truly believes that Facebook has become boring, but it was certain he was trying to set his video chat service far apart from Facebook’s site. During Airtime’s launch, Parker stated that Facebook was great at mapping out social connections but that was basically it. Airtime on the other hand, was described as a service that not only connected you to your friends but also strangers who could greatly expand your social circle.
A recent survey showed that 34% of 1,000 Facebook users are now spending less time on the site as they did 6 months ago. Parker hopes to “restore surprise and serendipity to the Internet” along with countering boredom with the introduction of Airtime. At this point no one can predict if Airtime will become a success, but I do believe we could benefit from some face-to-face interaction considering most of our communication is done through email, texts and tweets these days.
Do you really think Parker believes that Facebook has become boring or do you believe he just trying to make his own service Airtime look exciting at it’s time of launch? Will Airtime become a great success or just a variation of Skype?