Airtime is a video chat platform that aims to connect not only friends but “people you want to know.”

Launched this week, Airtime is a video chat platform that aims to connect not only friends but “people you want to know”—taking some inspiration from Chatroulette, the website launched in 2009 that paired strangers around the world for random webcam-based interaction. Co-founder Sean Parker says the aim is to help people “break outside the social graph,” a manifestation of Reengineering Randomness, one of our 10 Trends for 2012. Parker and Shawn Fanning (who once founded Napster together) are emphasizing that while “Facebook isn’t helping you make new connections or build new relationships,” Airtime helps people link up based on common interests.