This antidote to reality television encourages patience and discovery: the subtle thrill of live surveillance footage, of watching while being unseen, brings the power of spying to any viewer with a broadband connection and time on their hands.
But one of the most popular cameras was a simple park bench in Poland.
Streams like that satisfy the people-watching instinct we humans have, and encourage social interaction between viewers.
“Anybody with a heart can watch that and feel good about it,” Funch says.
Sachson says the cameras were so successful that now he has to time out the viewers — after four or five minutes of inactivity on the page, the feed stops streaming.
He knows the cameras are for the people watching them, not for the cats and dogs in front of them.