The camera captured Ringley doing almost everything – brushing her teeth, doing her laundry, doing stripteases – and then she broadcast it live over the Internet.

Since the early days of live Internet broadcasts by Ringley and Amanda, the phenomenon of camming has grown to become a multi-billion dollar industry which has an average of at least 12,500 cam models online at any given time and more than 240,000 viewers at any given time.

Camming websites typically fall into two main categories, dependent upon whether their video chat rooms are free or private.

In private chat rooms, viewers pay by the minute for a private show.

However in free chat rooms payment is voluntary and is in the form of tips, thus providing the model with an income at a minimal cost for the multiple viewers of her chat room's video stream.

Webcam models mostly perform individually in separate video chat rooms, which are frequently referred to as rooms.

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