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January 02, 2007

Stickam Popularizes the Webcam

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 1/02/2007 05:24:00 AM
The adult industry has made great use of webcams since inception. In fact, I would argue the industry pioneered reality TV by allowing users to peek into the lives of college coeds - for a fee of course. Now, Stickam is popularizing it for mainstream users. The New York Times talks about how using web cams, the young turn to risky social networking sites. The truth is that they're probably cleaning it up, by building a site where mainstream users can log on and talk to one another. I would also argue that there is alot of self-policing going on in the site. If you browse a few profiles, you soon see that alot of profiles have stuff like:

"HEY, IF YOU'RE JUST COMING IN MY ROOM JUST LOOKING FOR BOOBS OR WHATEVER SHIT, THERE'S NO POINT IN COMING IN ALRIGHT? IM NOT GONNA SHOW YOU ANYTHING. I DONT WANNA BE RUDE BUT PLEASE STAY OUT IF YOUR A PERV. ANYONE WHO IS NICE AND JUST WANTS TO BE FRIENDS ARE WELCOME. AND IM STRAIGHT BTW SO YEAH, JUST LETTING YOU KNOW :)"

Most users just want a fun, clean time.

The big question for most of these video cam sites of course will be the business model. Who will pay for it? How will they collect revenue? I think alot of companies will build huge audiences, burn lots of cash on servers and bandwidth - ala web 1.0, try to charge, and most will fail. In fact, it could turn out that there simply is no good business model.

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