During our wide-ranging conversation she'll talk confidently about the business of live streaming video, the ephemeral nature of online fame, Rashida Jones' controversial Netflix documentary and the markup on consumer eyewear.But one question gives her pause."Have you ever thought about how intimate your relationship is with your computer?" I ask."Not until right now, actually, talking to you.I've just realized that, yeah, like, probably it's my best friend right now. Lotts' computer isn't just her best friend -- it's her main revenue generator and her connection, not only to her fans but also to the outside world.
In just two years, the bubbly blonde from El Paso, Texas, has gone from manager of a rent-to-own store to rising internet starlet by making personal connections with a loyal online audience.
There is usually a text chat feature for those who want visual communication with people without webcams. Some offer password protection while others require the use of proprietary software.
Other features can include instant messengers, voice chat application, wireless notification, integrated daily journals and guest books.
Adult content is a concern for those browsing webcam sites. On others, such content is allowed but only in a designated adult section which is unavailable to general viewers and is often rated according to the nature of the material.
Privacy is sometimes catered for with sites such as offering password-protection, ensuring only designated people can view member's broadcasts.