why did stickam shutdown?
Since , Stickam has been a haven for misfit youth, emo bands, and anyone else in need of a live-streaming video blog channel to share their lives. But at midnight tonight, Stickam will shut down forever. Stickam spawned web celebrities like GayGod, hosted musicians like Andrew W. In the years since its hey-day, competitors with a more general focus overshadowed Stickam. A fractured audience and aging core user base may have caused the demise of Stickam. Though the site technically closes tonight, it will remain accessible until February 28th so people can download their recordings.
Where Have All The Chats Gone?
NEW YORK — Parents and child safety experts concerned about the online activities of teenagers have been particularly nervous about a Web site called Stickam, which allows its , registered users, aged 14 and older, to participate in unfiltered live video chats using their Web cameras. But those Internet safety advocates might be even more anxious if they knew of Stickam's close ties to a large online pornography business. On its Web site and in press reports, Stickam says it is owned by Advanced Video Communications, or AVC, a three-year-old Los Angeles company that sells video conferencing and e-commerce services to businesses in Japan and other Asian countries. But according to Alex Becker, a former vice president at Stickam, and internal company documents, Advanced Video Communications is managed and owned by Wataru Takahashi, a Japanese businessman who also owns and operates DTI Services, a vast network of Web sites that offer live sex shows over Web cameras. Becker alleges that Stickam shares office space, employees and computer systems with the pornographic Web sites. The sites, with names like DxLive, EXshot and JgirlParadise, use the same video technology as Stickam to link paying users with performers in one-on-one video chat sessions.
Just How Icky Is Stickam?
Reaction to my article today about Stickam. But a few commentators have shrugged, pointing out that pornographic and kid-friendly Web sites have always lived side by side on the Internet. Perhaps some more context will help sort this out.
That may be the reason. If that were the case, it would make the whole "hush hush" aspect of Stickam's closing down make sense because the purchase contract may have had a confidentiality clause until the buyer made the purchase public. Though there were obviously abuses and underage people doing things they shouldn't have been doing, that happens with EVERY social site on the web.
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