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What Is Airchat, the “Dinner Party in Your Pocket”?
what we know about naval's airchat, an audio-forward social app that blends features from clubhouse, snapchat, instagram, and tiktok
The social app Airchat, developed by @Naval, seems to be an asynchronous, audio-forward social platform that facilitates creative discussion among its users. Billed as “a dinner party in your pocket” in its teaser video, it looks like the app blends elements of Instagram stories (left-to-right tap-to-scroll), Snapchat (asnychronous content back-and-forth), Clubhouse (live audio), TikTok (vertical video that’s likable, sharable, commentable; filters), Twitter (short messages user can broadcast to a network that can be liked and commented on), and direct messaging, with AI-powered elements such as art and transcription and language translation.
Former Chief Product Officer at Tinder appears to be on board as founder.
Currently on waitlist, there’s little coverage of the app outside of a relative few high viewcount tweets, showcasing some of its more interesting features. From these tweets and the teaser video, I break out the app’s features below.
Airchat users can speak in one language and use the app to translate it, so users who speak different languages can have asynchronous audio conversations.
Airchat has text-based, low-character-count messages that can be liked or commented on. The screenshot here seems to show a user’s profile page.
Airchat users can scroll through asynchronous conversations (left above), pop into them, listen to them by left-to-right tapping through, and contribute their own Audio Comments (right above).
AI assisted video
In this video, an Airchat engineer introduces himself using AI-enhancements and music.
In addition to the features above, it looks like Airchat users can live voicechat, like a group phone call or Clubhouse. Brett Robert Hall, who recently interviewed Naval described some audio components of the app as asynchronous call-in talk radio. Airchat also looks designed to make content that can be shared on Twitter; this clip of a user speaking about meditation-related concepts is picking up decent views.