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You Tube launched its live video service in 2010, followed by Facebook and Twitter in 2015 and Instagram in 2016.The big social networks have put their money on live video but anyone working in the adult cam industry could have told you: It's been a safe bet for years.
Ten years ago, Cox, who worked in live music video production, was hired to build out a network of studios in Colombia.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.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.For the next seven years, Ringley streamed her daily life, uncut and uncensored for an audience of millions of strangers.
She would become something of an internet phenomenon, a precursor to the unvarnished You Tube, Snapchat and Instagram celebrities of today.
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,
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.
She arrived at our interview on a sweltering Friday morning in a hotel suite on the Las Vegas strip with a small entourage of two other budding social media influencers, Amber Vixx and Stefanie Joy (also not their names).