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.
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.
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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.
At the end of the interview, and even after having been corrected once, Letterman plugged the site as instead of the correct (Ringley owned both and Jennicam.org).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.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.