Stickam featured user-submitted pictures, audio, video, and most prominently, live streaming video chat.The site quickly expanded to include live shows and produced content from MTV, G4 TV, CBS Radio, NATPE, CES, and many others, as well as live performances and shows with numerous musicians and celebrities.efore smartphones — much less smartphone apps — were a thing, before Facebook and My Space battled it out for which would become the highlander of social networks, before Snapchat or Twitter or Skype, there was a good five or six year period where Yahoo! Yet, if you look at the direction that social media — messaging in particular — is headed in 2016, there seems to be some pretty hefty borrowing from the old classics. No worries, rooms were categorized by geographic location or interest (sometimes both) specifically to connect people. No worries, just a matter of starting your own chat room, setting it to private, and you had an invitation-only party. Trolls there were just as annoying as they are on more modern social media sites and, perhaps, more so: One asshole with a spam macro could make a chatroom completely unusable. It played a safe middle ground, it was a bit more mature than AOL, while being less complicated (and much safer for novices) than more advanced IRC chat clients. Predators and harassment were just as real of a concern then as they are now on Twitter. served up what was cutting edge technology: custom fonts and text color, emojis, macros, audio soundboards, custom avatars, and even voice chat (in the later years). When full, chatrooms tended to be a garbled stream of consciousness with messages flying in real time.On November 7, 2012, Stickam officially launched its new Stickam Studio At Meltdown at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd.Stickam and Meltdown announced they had partnered to stream live shows from a new studio space in the store as well as from the store floor itself and from the Nerd Melt Theatre behind the store.
Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan went live on Stickam to host Gothageddon, which was a live doll fight. Billy and friends voiced the dolls, which included dolls representing the members of Smashing Pumpkins, Robert Smith from The Cure, Amanda Palmer from Dresden Dolls, and many others.In addition to streaming their live video on Stickam, the service allowed users to embed their streaming webcam feeds into other web sites via a Flash player.The name "Stickam" referred to this ability to "stick" a webcam feed onto another site.Chat offered two decades ago: simplicity, ease of use, and maybe most importantly, the ability to navigate between meeting new people and privacy.Even though it’s billed as a micro-blogging platform, for many, Twitter was the sort of natural evolution of the chatroom, yet Twitter has two major problems where looking back might provide solutions: new user engagement and harassment.
Perhaps it’s nostalgia talking; maybe I’ve finally turned into the old guy in the digital barbershop preaching to the youngsters why the players of my generation were smarter, tougher, and better than the whippersnappers playing today.