This was a new use of Internet technology in 1996 and some viewers were interested in its sociological implications while others watched it for sexual arousal.

The Jenni Cam website coincided with a rise in surveillance as a feature of popular culture, exemplified by the 1998 film The Truman Show and reality television programs such as Big Brother, and as a feature of contemporary art and new media art.

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Her first webcam contained only black-and-white images of her in the dorm room.

Jenni Cam attracted up to 4 million views a day at its peak.

When Ringley moved to Sacramento, California, she documented the boxing of her possessions with free live streaming and full audio.

Ringley received some criticism from fans when she became involved with Dex, a man who was the fiancé of a fellow webcammer and friend who helped her with her move to California.

From a sociological point of view, Jenni Cam was an important early example of how the internet could create a cyborg subject by integrating human images with the internet.

As such, Jenni Cam set the stage for conversations regarding the relationship of technology and gender.

Anyone with Internet access could observe the often mundane events of Ringley's life at first, though a few months after its start Ringley started charging viewers for full entry to her site.

Jenni Cam was one of the first web sites that continuously and voluntarily surveyed a private life.

Previously, live webcams transmitted static shots from cameras aimed through windows or at coffee pots.