1 Airtime is a new live social video network created by Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, the duo most known for creating Napster, the now defunct peer-to-peer file sharing application.
2 Natalie Lent Bruss - Digital Strategy, ID Public Relations, gave me a personal demonstration of Airtime before the press conference began.
3 Airtime is a live video chatting service that also allows you to share videos in real time and meet new people based on those peoples' interests.
4 It is very intuitive and easy to use. Natalie and I set up a video chat and shared a YouTube video together in seconds!
5 A number of celebrities came to help introduce Airtime. Here I am with actor Jim Carrey.
6 Jim and I hit it off immediately! We began talking about how people respond to us on Twitter. Jim joked about how sometimes it seems that no one out there likes him, judging by what people say about him on Twitter.
7 I stopped to chat with Julia Louis-Dreyfus while she was in the make-up chair. On her new HBO show, 'Veep,' she plays the Vice-President of the United States.
8 Posing with Ed Helms - In addition to being a very funny actor, Ed is also an accomplished banjo player. He's most famous for his role as Andy on 'The Office.'
9 Joel McHale, host of E's 'The Soup' and star of the NBC sitcom, 'Community,' was also there. He's very tall in person, standing at 6'4".
10 Jimmy Fallon introduced the event, and I met up with him in the hallway. He wanted me to know how much he enjoyed my recent appearance on his show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and said I should come back any time! It was a fun experience.
11 The release was held in the gallery at Milk Studios. There were many kiosks set up for the press to try out Airtime.
12 Press from many media and news outlets were there. People in the audience were furiously Tweeting and blogging.
13 Jimmy began the launch by introducing Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning to the crowd.
14 Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning met online in a chat room during the 90's and formulated their ideas for Napster completely online. They only met each other in person right before they pitched their first idea to investors.
15 Parker hosted the rest of the presentation. He began talking about what has changed on the internet between the time he and Fanning met and now. Fanning had described the internet in the 90's as the Wild West because there was so much to explore and discover.
16 He said that he and Fanning probably would have never been friends had they met in high school. Fanning was a jock while Parker was a self-described nerd. It was the internet that brought them together.
17 Their vision of Airtime was to resurrect that unique experience of how they met and to bring back the spontaneity of the internet in a safe environment.
18 He made sure the crowd understood their focus on creating a safe environment for users. The application is built on top of Facebook and they feel if you are using a real identity, it will make you accountable for your actions. Inappropriate behavior is flagged and abusive users are banned.
19 Parker began the demonstration by showing how easy it is to call someone. Because it uses your Facebook account, all of your Facebook friends appear in a list to the right.
20 Parker called comedic actress Olivia Munn. Munn got her big break hosting 'Attack of the Show!' on the video game-focused network, G4.
21 He showed how easy it is to share a YouTube video by playing one for Olivia. Airtime displays your recently watched videos below your name and also has a quick search tool.
22 Interests are listed under your name as well. Airtime tells you what you have in common with the person you are chatting with and uses that information to match up with random chatters, if you want to meet new people.
23 Munn joined Parker on stage and began the next part of the demo.
24 She called rapper, Snoop Dogg, in California.
25 Munn also demonstrated her impression of Snoop Dogg dancing, as well as her beatbox skills. Snoop was quite entertained!
26 Joel McHale interrupted the call to say hello.
27 McHale came out on stage to begin the next part of the demo, but was delayed by some technical difficulties. Fortunately, McHale used his improvisational skills and kept the audience laughing.
28 McHale went on with the presentation and called Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was waiting patiently backstage.
30 Dreyfus called Ed Helms and tried to give him an on camera kiss.
31 They really kept the audience laughing during the whole presentation.
32 When Ed came out, he called another special guest.
33 Suddenly, singer Alicia Keys was on the screen. He promptly asked her out on a date and told her to Airtime him later with the answer.
34 He also added a few of Keys's interests to his own. Because Keys had listed swimming, they began a whole conversation about it that might otherwise have not come up.
35 During another brief technical difficulty, Helms suggested everyone take this moment to 'freshen up.' McHale began sharing his Listerine Strips with the audience.
36 Once everything was back up and running, Helms called Jim Carrey, who answered the call wearing a gas mask.
37 Carrey joked that Airtime was a great way to 'stay connected, without the cooties.'
38 Parker explained the technical difficulties were due to the test environment created for this presentation. Munn testified how well Airtime works by describing her recent experiences with it while she was testing it out.
39 Parker then played a promotional video that showed a little bit more of what Airtime can do.
40 He graciously thanked all of the actors for keeping the audience entertained during the technical problems.
41 Fanning joined Parker on stage at the end.
42 After the presentation, a delicious lunch was served and everyone was invited to try out Airtime.