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The tokens can also be used to buy videos or souvenirs of the model.
The websites provide the transactional platform, and then collects and distributes a percentage of the tips to the models.
However in free chat rooms payment is voluntary and is in the form of tips, thus providing the model with an income at a minimal cost for the multiple viewers of her chat room's video stream.
Tips are electronic tokens that viewers can buy from a camming website, and then give to the models during live performances.
The decentralized business model of camming has upended the pornography industry in multiple ways.
Camming revenue has been severely cutting into the profits of the pornographic movie business, which has also been eroded for a number of years due to piracy and the distribution of free sexual content upon the Internet.
Webcam performers are often highly entrepreneurial, and use mainstream social networking sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Skype, and Tumblr to build and maintain relationships with their customers.
Some fans communicate multiple times a day with models through social media.
Camming websites typically fall into two main categories, dependent upon whether their video chat rooms are free or private.
In private chat rooms, viewers pay by the minute for a private show.
Additionally, the pornographic film industry used to be male-dominated except for the performers.