We were in this incredibly desperate world where we had all moved away from home, we weren't with the kids that grew up with.
We weren't with our families, and we were in this huge world of billions of people, and we needed to create our little tribes."People in the adult camming business consistently draw the connection between online social networks like Facebook and the work that they do.
Like Instagram influencers or You Tube makers, today's webcam models need little more than a strong Wi Fi connection and an internet-connected camera to make a living.
Signing up for services like My Free Cams, Flirt4Free, or Chaturbate, which are essentially platforms like Facebook or Snapchat, is simple.
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I've just realized that, yeah, like, probably it's my best friend right now. Lotts' computer isn't just her best friend -- it's her main revenue generator and her connection, not only to her fans but also to the outside world.
Harli Lotts (not her real name) knows her audience better than just about anyone I've ever met in online media.
At the time, large webcamming studios were being built across the US, Latin America and Eastern Europe, churning out 24-hour streams from sometimes hundreds of models per day.
Kelly Holland, owner and CEO of Penthouse, says beyond driving profits, the adult entertainment industry and social networks are serving the same basic need."Cams are the adult industry's response to Facebook, frankly," Holland says. It became what it was, I would tell you, not through Zuckerberg's brilliance, but because it was just the right thing at the right time.
It was in the pocket for where we were culturally, and where were we.
Despite its success, Ringley took Jennicam offline in 2003, following a sex scandal in which she hooked up with a fellow lifecaster's boyfriend on camera.
The following year Facebook was born and over the next decade, live streaming video would become a cornerstone of mainstream social media.