Ringley wasn't the first subject of an experiment in webcamming.
That honor belonged to a coffee pot at Cambridge University, but she was the first to give the world 24-hour access to her private life via the internet.
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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.
During our wide-ranging conversation she'll talk confidently about the business of live streaming video, the ephemeral nature of online fame, Rashida Jones' controversial Netflix documentary and the markup on consumer eyewear.
But one question gives her pause."Have you ever thought about how intimate your relationship is with your computer?
Early on, she decided to giver her followers unrestricted access to her daily activities, including intimate moments like masturbation and sex.
At its peak, Jennicam attracted seven million visits per day.
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,
Lotts is a social media star in the truest sense of the word.
She is one of a growing number of independent, live streaming video personalities who can make thousands of dollars in just a few hours broadcasting mostly unremarkable acts for a captive internet audience. Lotts is a cam girl, part of a booming at-home workforce made up of young women -- and a few men -- who are upending the adult entertainment industry and social media at the same time.
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.