Along with broadcasting, Abuhamdeh texts and talks on the phone with his followers. Then in May of last year it suddenly clicked, exploding from less than 10 million monthly visitors to more than 100 million in the span of just four months.

“At first, it got to be enough so I could cover my phone bill.

Now I make more every month on You Now than I do from my work at the store,” Abuhamdeh tells me. We become friends.” A couple of times he’s broadcast from his bedroom while sleeping. They want to see everything that you do.” You Now launched back in September of 2012, but for its first year and a half struggled to find traction.

This growth is part of a broader boom in live streaming services.

Meerkat emerged as a media and tech darling, easily winning the war for attention at this year’s SXSW.

Webcams make it possible for us to chat face to face with friends and family wherever we, or they, may be.

You could be in the next room to the other person or on the other side of the world, but the webcam allows you to talk as if you were face to face.These are sometimes referred to more generally as remote access tools.Many of these ' Rats' now include a function allowing a hacker to access the victim's webcam without their knowledge."Smartphones provide all the critical pieces for these new services.They take care of distribution through the app store, monetization through in-app purchases, incredible video quality through cameras and microphones, and connectivity everywhere with LTE internet." The growth and ubiquity of social networks is also "creating an amplifier effect for good consumer products." You Now is run by founder and CEO Adi Sideman, who knows very well the long history of failed experiments with live streaming.So make sure you have the latest versions of security software on all your devices including tablets and smartphones.