As an independent camgirl I’m primarily a skype cam girl, but there are a ton of free private messenger/video call service options for independent cam sex shows under the sun so I figured I’d break em all down here. Even though I strongly prefer skype for my cam sex calls, skype takes up a ton of bandwidth and isn’t ideal for those with less-than-stellar internet speed, so if you’re a fan of independent cam shows and skype boots you or your playmate offline unceremoniously one too many times, below I’ll be discussing some of the other free options available. After all, in order for cam sex to be awesome the calls actually have to work.
Yahoo Messenger Cam Sex Shows
Yahoo is always my preferred initial point of contact with potential customers and playmates but the service does support video calls as well, not just instant message (IM) chat. That said, the quality of video streaming on yahoo is less-than-stellar, and I find my playmates cams freeze on me far more often that with other services. There also seems to be an issue at times when my playmate and I are using two different versions of messenger…every now and then a video call ‘answer’ button will be inoperable and only returns to working function after my playmate logs out and returns. That’s annoying, for both of us.
Still, I do find yahoo to be an invaluable back-up service, in that it’s one most people tend to have already so it’s easy to access if skype is overloading the bandwidth of my playmate. Yahoo messenger supports free one on one video calls and you can choose to have IM’s sent to your mobile phone if desired.
Skype is my favorite messenger service for independent cam sex shows (as if the fact that I call myself a skype camgirl wasn’t enough of a tip-off) 🙂 mainly because I like the video call clarity compared to yahoo, I’m familiar with the service and it seems to be the most widely-used amongst my customer base. With skype voice an video calls are free, but in order to do group video calls one party to the call needs a paid skype premium account. The major drawback to skype is that many of my playmates with less than great internet connections get booted off of calls, so while I love skype I’d never use it as my sole option for independent cam shows. I also like that I can block an unlimited number of unwanted visitors, and can control who can see my profile and avatar image as well as who can initiate a video call. What I don’t like is that my conversation history on one computer does not always show up on another computer, which makes it annoying if I need to scroll through the chat history to find a piece of info a playmate has sent me. If both parties only wish to do one on one video calls and have ideal internet upload/bandwidth capacity, skype is an ideal choice. That said, look below for other options available to independent camgirls
AIM Cam Shows
Yes, it’s still around 🙂 I’ve personally never used AIM but it is apparently still a viable option for independent cam sex shows. It supports IM chats through one’s browser (the other party doesn’t need to have a download themselves) and group IM chat, however only one on one video calls are supported, there is no free group video call option.
ICQ for Independent Camgirls
I use ICQ for IM contact with webmasters (most adult webmasters seem to prefer it for some reason) but I’ve never used it for independent cam sex shows. The reason why is that, beyond adult webmasters most North American guys don’t seem to use it. The main downside to ICQ is that when I have it open I tend to receive a LOT of spam messages and contact requests, but you can easily ban/silence unwanted visitors. ICQ is mobile-friendly and supports free one on one video calls (there is no free group video call option) and there is a large community of chat rooms (including adult-friendly chat rooms) available if that’s your thing.
Camfrog for Independent Cam Sex Shows
Count this in as another service I’ve never tried. Still, from what I’ve gleaned Camfrog is both adult-friendly and mobile-friendly, has a user directory (which can be a good or bad thing, depending upon whether you want people to contact you unsolicited) and has an option for login through Facebook. Obviously this latter feature is a huge no no for independent camgirls who don’t wish to broadcast to their entire network of family and friends that they work selling independent cam sex shows, so be wary of using the Facebook login option. Camfrog supports free IM and person to person video calls, but not a group video call option.
Eyeball for Independent Cam Girls
With Eyeball independent camgirls can IM with contacts from their AIM, Google Talk, MSN and Yahoo lists all fro Eyeball Chat, which is a cool feature for independent camgirls who use several of these services simultaneously. Another plus is that Eyeball supports free video calls with up to 5 participants, and like ICQ provides access to a range of chatrooms.
I have to confess, I struggle with Google Talk. Maybe it’s the Luddite in me but I find it cumbersome to access and confusing to use, and I like to actually understand what I’m trying to explain to my playmates 🙂 In order to do cam to cam video calls each party needs to download a ‘hangouts’ plugin, and each party needs a google plus account in order to carry on video calls with more than one person simultaneously. I dunno, maybe one day I’ll actually try to wrap my head around it, perhaps not right before I begin a call 🙂
Oovoo for Independent Camgirls
With Oovoo independent camgirls can video chat with up to 12 people for free, and it also supports a few features that I think are pretty cool. You can watch a video with your cam sex partner during your cam to cam video call (ideal for watching porn during independent cam sex shows) and you can also create an up-to five minute recorded video which would be great for independent camgirls who are looking for a way to send preview videos to customers. I just link ’em to my youtube preview video but a range of options is always a good thing. Oovoo is mobile-friendly and also allows camgirls to embed a live video feed right on your website, access to which you can control through passwords. One major downside however is that with Oovoo video call participants can record the video call without having to download (or pay for) any extra software or plugins. Not great for independent camgirls or customers who want to minimize the risk of getting recorded.
PalTalk for Camgirls
I think I may actually look into this one 🙂 I’ve yet to use Paltalk but it has a range of features that sound interesting and unlike Oovoo don’t make it uber-easy for video call participants to record the call. With PalTalk you can import yourYahoo, MSN, AOL and Facebook (nix the Facebook idea please) contacts and the service supports free group calls. Independent camgirls can also create their own video channel URL through PalTalk and embed a live video feed right on a personal website. PalTalk also has a variety of community chat rooms for those who are interested.
I’ll admit, I’m a huge create of habit in preferring skype and yahoo over all other services, but in my defense so are many of my cam sex playmates. I like yahoo for initial contact and skype for video calls both because these seem to be the two most popular services amongst my customer base, and secondly because…well, I’m used to ’em 🙂 Still, with MSN messenger being merged with skype (MSN used to be my second choice service for video calls) it never hurts to have at least a couple of options available to cam sex playmates who have internet upload/bandwidth that is too low for Skype.
That’s the beauty of being independent camgirls, we can run our business they way we want, and adjust our options according to the needs of ourselves and our customers.