I just ran across a video based social network company called stickam thats based out of LA.  What I found particularly amusing was the contraversy it caused a few months ago.  Stickam launched in 2006 as basicaly another myspace except it has live web cam functionality.   The streaming video is actually pretty cool, and lends itself to the myspace crowd quite well.  In fact particularly, at launch for the high school kids that weren't leaving Myspace for Facebook, there was a decent chunk that were leaving for Stickam.


Now here lies the problem, Stickam is owned by a parent company that also owns a few major porn sites.  Of course if you stop and think about it, it sort of make sense, who better to scale web cams to large social networking audiences, but porn site experts?  Clearly the issue here is the morality conflict that minors are likely the target demographic of Stickam, and obviously you want minors no where near the porn industry.  Though the truth is, besides a sort of handsoff relationship with the owner, its really hard to tell whether or not there is any real intermingling.  The New York Times article that originally broke the story, is mostly based off a disgruntled ex employee.  Obvisiously there was a bit of sensationalism, and its a hard call to know how big of an issue this really was.

In the few months since the NY Times article broke, Stickam's traffic has remained flat.  Did the article hamper the growth, or has the in crowd moved on to something else?  Is Stickam's chances of success done for?  Who knows, but I actually found watching people transfixed to the computer, while they were playing on stickam kind of interesting.  But then again, I'm not a minor, or a parent either.