"It is a holy grail." In the 1990s Sideman studied art and technology in New York.
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The company won’t share what the revenue split is between streamers and You Now, saying only that broadcasters in the partner program get "the lion’s share" of their tips.
Of course, anyone getting premium goods outside the partner program gets no cut. He tunes in to the channel of a user named Flippin Ginja, a red-headed teen and amateur gymnast who is lounging on his porch swing.
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.
Meerkat emerged as a media and tech darling, easily winning the war for attention at this year’s SXSW.
It initially piggybacked off of Twitter, but was quickly cut off, likely because Twitter has its own plans for a live streaming service built around a company it just acquired, Periscope.
Users can also give premium goods, which cost money to acquire.
A 99 cent tip sometimes gets a broadcaster to smile, while more expensive offerings elicit a personal shoutout, or more intimate reaction.
Watching a You Now stream can be an overwhelming experience.
The comments on popular videos fly by far too quickly for the broadcaster to follow.
But now the mobile market is mature enough for a sea change.