However Amanda made an important early discovery that would influence the camming industry for decades to come – that a website's popularity could be greatly increased by enabling viewers to chat with a performer while online.
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.
The term webcam is a clipped compound used to combine the terms video camera and World Wide Web.
When webcam models create their live Internet broadcasts, they perform the activity known as camming.
Some fans communicate multiple times a day with models through social media.
The decentralized business model of camming has upended the pornography industry in multiple ways.
Camming revenue has been severely cutting into the profits of the pornographic movie business, which has also been eroded for a number of years due to piracy and the distribution of free sexual content upon the Internet.
The Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre strip club is credited with the invention of the lap dance when during 1977 their new stage, New York Live, pioneered customer-contact shows with strippers that came off the stage and sat in the laps of customers for tips.
Enabled with this new revenue stream for strippers, the strip club industry went through a period of extreme growth during the 1980s.