In 1996, an American college student and conceptual artist, Jenny Ringley, created a website called “JenniCam”. Online naked girls was in the dorm room and took a picture of it automatically every few minutes. The camera captured Ringley doing almost anything (brushing his teeth, washing his clothes, doing a striptease) and then broadcast his footage live over the Internet.  She then split the access of the website into free and paid in 1998.

Also in 1998, a commercial site called AmandaCam was opened. Amanda’s site, like Ringley’s, had multiple cameras around her house that allowed people to stare at her.  But Amanda made an important early discovery that will impact the online webcam girl industry for decades – the popularity of a website can be greatly increased by allowing viewers to chat with an artist online. In the members’ episode, Amanda made it a point to chat with her viewers for more than three hours a day. Since the early days of live webcasts by Ringley and Amanda, the camming phenomenon has become a multi-billion dollar industry with at least 12,500 camera models online at any given time and over 240,000 viewers at any given time.

 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webcam_model#Background