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.
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.
Harli Lotts (not her real name) knows her audience better than just about anyone I've ever met in online media.
In just two years, the bubbly blonde from El Paso, Texas, has gone from manager of a rent-to-own store to rising internet starlet by making personal connections with a loyal online audience.
He says that at the peak of that project, the studio network shot 250 models per day.
Marco Ducati, a stout, muscular webcam model and adult film star, got his start camming at a Flirt4Free studio in Los Angeles 11 years ago."At the time I was going to school and working construction," he says.
In a rare 2015 interview, Ringley told Gimlet Media's podcast that she found herself at a loss for what to do with her impulse purchase and decided to put her amateur programming skills to the test.
She rigged her webcam to constantly record candid stills from inside her dorm room and upload a new image every 15 minutes to her site,
These studios provided, and still do outside of the US, access to a safe space as well as the means to stream.
Ten years ago, Cox, who worked in live music video production, was hired to build out a network of studios in Colombia.
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.