The websites provide the transactional platform, and then collects and distributes a percentage of the tips to the models.
Webcam models mostly perform individually in separate video chat rooms, which are frequently referred to as rooms.
The term "camwhore" was first used in print in November 2001 According to the web traffic analysis service Compete.com, Live Jasmin generates more than 9 million unique viewers a month.
Kari Lerum of the University of Washington suggests that men are more open and vulnerable in cam rooms than in strip clubs, and can become very invested in relationships which only exist on the screen.
The term webcam is a clipped compound used to combine the terms video camera and World Wide Web.
However this is not the first time that conversational interaction had become a boon for the erotic entertainment industry.