Everybody say, 'We love Ben' in the chat." While the chat lights up with people chanting my name, Ginja dashes down his steps onto his front lawn, does an amazing corkscrew backflip, does it again for good measure, and then heads back to the porch, where he continues bantering a mile a minute, skimming the comments like a pro, dispensing jokes, attention, and affection in just the right doses.
Despite myself, I feel a rush of excitement, the thrill of having another human perform just for me.
"It is a holy grail." In the 1990s Sideman studied art and technology in New York.
He was part of a group that believed everyone would soon be the star of their own reality television series, all broadcast on the web.
So he sent a letter to You Now, which put him on its partner program, allowing him to earn money when his fans left digital tips and gifts. Cashier broadcast has several hundred people following live at any time.
These cost coins, which you earn from spending time interacting on You Now.
Often you see streamers squinting to make out a username, trying to reply in real time to the flood of compliments and questions.
"It’s all about the addiction to real time feedback and the nodes in the brain that it triggers," Sideman tells me.
But now the mobile market is mature enough for a sea change.
"Smartphones provide all the critical pieces for these new services.