I am Sunny Crittenden. I was (am?) “internet famous” for being a blogger before there was a word for it, and for being one of the internet’s 1st naked camgirls on arguably the internet’s 1st public webcam portal. I’m here to talk about early cam c...
My name is Sunny. I found community on the internet on day 1 of being in the the Compuserve chat rooms in 1997 and fell in love with the internet and its possibilities. I started blogging in 1998 on Angelfire, before there was a word for it. I became a camgirl, uploading my 1st public webcam image on Stile Project’s “Portal 9” Sept 2001, and continuing to cam until 2019. I coined the term “textibitionism” for what I was doing (blogging/living “out loud” online + camming). My LiveJournal (arguably the internet’s 1st social media platform as we know it) started in July 2001 and sometimes got 30k unique visitors per post through embeds on my website, according my host at the time who was running analytics. (Google Analytics wasn’t a thing yet.) That was a lot when the internet was much smaller. Strangers showered me with gifts and I would get recognized on the street. None of the girls who cammed with me were doing it for the money, we were doing it because we were sexy nerds who liked attention and to build our own websites and run our own IRC channels and forums. We were the 1st people taking selfies and using social media to build followings. We were basically internet rock stars, the 1st “influencers” before YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Instagram. There were gossip sites dedicated to dishing on us, including me specifically. Twenty years later social media dominates our lives and uses our data against us, and camgirls are a 2 billion dollar industry the US government is still constantly trying to throttle.
Here’s my proof I/we/this scene existed, in chronological order:
Stile Project has been excluded from the Wayback Machine, likely because it’s disgusting, and its Wikipedia entry doesn’t mention the invention of the portals. I have hard copy printed interviews with Stile’s admin/developer with the whole story if someone knows how to edit a wiki page? You used to be able to see the portals here but now there’s next to no proof they existed. :(
A typical InternetGossip.net front page circa 2002 (it started in 2001) via the Wayback Machine. This site was basically dedicated to gossiping about camgirls and trying to start beefs between us (often fabricated).
By 2003 I was somewhat considered an internet guru and wrote an article in Digital Marketing magazine that suggested we essentially data mine LiveJournal before data mining or Facebook even existed. (Really sorry about that. I also didn’t get to choose that cringey title.)
A funny, NSFW video compilation of webcam pics a fan made me, circa 2003, most of which have the Camwhores.com watermark (Portal 9 rebranded & went members only eventually, same portal, different name).
Me and fellow camwhore u/BelindaMShort giving Camwhores a send off on its final day, March 18th, 2015: It’s an hour long reading on the history of Portal 9 and Camwhores, Part 2 with Belinda is in the description.
Proof Selfie: Be kind, I’m an old lady now.
AMA! I am a fountain of knowledge!
EDIT: Okay it's 11pm EST & I am wiped out! Thanks for a fun day & all the awards! This was the best high school reunion a retired camgirl could ask for! Hope everyone had as much fun as I did! Now time for Sims, weed, and cake! _^