She also hosted her own Internet talk show on The Sync, an early webcasting network based in Laurel, Maryland.Ringley's standard of living improved with a new larger apartment, expensive furniture and several business trips to Amsterdam with her accountant. So one summer night, while the breeze was blowing, And my sexual drive was glowing, I looked in the distance, what did I see, It was my neighbor goat called Nancy.
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.
Nate Lanxon of CNET said "remember this is 1996 and the Web as we know it now had barely lost its virginity, let alone given birth to the God-child we know as the modern Internet." On April 3, 1996, during her junior year at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the 19-year-old Ringley installed a webcam in her college dorm room, and provided images from that cam on a webpage.
The webpage would automatically refresh every three minutes with the most recent picture from the camera.
Previously, live webcams transmitted static shots from cameras aimed through windows or at coffee pots.
Ringley's innovation was simply to allow others to view her daily activities. She did not wish to filter the events that were shown on her camera, so sometimes she was shown nude or engaging in sexual behavior, including sexual intercourse and masturbation.Ringley worked for a web developer after a brief stint as a case worker for a social services agency in Sacramento.Out of the public eye, she stated, "I really am enjoying my privacy now.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.In May 1997 Ringley graduated from Dickinson with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She began charging for access to her site, allowing both paid and free access with the paid access updating the images more frequently than the free access.