At its peak, Jennicam attracted seven million visits per day.
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.
Lotts is a social media star in the truest sense of the word.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.For the next seven years, Ringley streamed her daily life, uncut and uncensored for an audience of millions of strangers.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.
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.
The following year Facebook was born and over the next decade, live streaming video would become a cornerstone of mainstream social media.