Jennicam, They Got Your Number


The Washington Post reports that one of the longest-lived voyeur Web sites,, will be going dark at the end of the year. The unofficial culprit? PayPal, the online payment service which doesn't traffic in "the sale of items for mature audiences."

From the story:

After seven years, it looks like former Washington resident Jennifer Ringley is finally turning off the webcams.

Ringley, more famous as the woman behind Jennicam (, became an Internet curiosity and a quasi-celebrity in the early days of the Web by putting up cameras around her apartment and letting anyone with an Internet connection tune in at any hour for a $15 annual subscription.

At the height of its popularity, jennicam reportedly drew 100 million visits a week–and launched thousands of interminable trend stories about the Web.