You’ve done this: Killing time until your late-ass friend arrives for your lunch date, you idly scroll through Twitter. There, you’re just as likely to see your friend’s titties as you are to see her new blowout. And because cam is a fairly naked occupation — and because good boob days are just as significant (and NBD) as good hair days — this never really registers as weird to you. But to the lady peering over your shoulder, your Twitter feed may be shocking.
Lately though, you’ve been noticing something – specifically, be it boobies or blowouts, something’s missing from your feed. And it’s been replaced with posts like this:
— Anikka Albrite (@AnikkaAlbrite) June 18, 2017
…and also this:
— Lucie Brooks (@LucieBrooksUK) June 18, 2017
I want to see the stockings! But I can’t, because people have started protecting and monetizing their content via OnlyFans.
Here’s their game: Sign up for an OnlyFans account, and set your own membership fee. People who are paying members get access to the content you post (people randomly scrolling through Twitter at the dentist’s office do not), and you keep 80 percent of the membership fee. They even have a little guesstimation device on their site to help you imagine potential earnings.
There’s more: OnlyFans recently launched a feature called Fanscope, which is like Periscope, only you get paid. You can send paid DMs and hide your profile from selected countries and IP addresses. This is also interesting:
[OnlyFans does] not own User Content on OnlyFans. All User Content transactions and interactions on OnlyFans are between Users and at no point does OnlyFans become a party to any transaction or interaction between a User and another User. [See this and other terms of service here.]
Some things to think about with OnlyFans:
1. OnlyFans doesn’t assume ownership of your content when you use the service and presumably it stays private behind their paywall, but there is public exposure of your content via Twitter (even if you make your Twitter account private) — and you need to use Twitter to use OnlyFans. Be mindful of what’s contained in those OnlyFans “new post” and “new fan” announcement tweets.
2. Eighty-percent payout: There’s always some kind of catch to payout percentages. I’d be curious to know the fine print about payouts from OnlyFans. Maybe it’s perfect, but experience makes me want to know more about this.
3. OnlyFans does not seem to discriminate against sex-related media, but they also seem to have heavy outreach to mainstream content providers like hairstylists and MUAs, personal trainers and … bloggers? This is interesting.
— OnlyFans (@OnlyFansApp) January 18, 2017
The adult industry, including cam, has been ravaged by piracy and tube sites. (If you’re like “I just cam; I’m totally not on tube sites,” I invite you to visit one and search your name.) In a strange way, the proliferation of free professional porn perhaps has made paying for candid, private or personal-seeming, BTS-type content more alluring to the general public. But, even though people can get everything naked within two clicks or less, they must pay for intimacy. Or at least, that may be the strategy when people set their social media profiles to private and start charging.
Joanna Angel recently told Vocativ her social media strategy is to put out content that gives away just enough, while still leaving fans wanting more — so, a good, solid tease. She also plans to reserve more personal stuff for OnlyFans.
Based on a quick survey of Twitter, quite a few cam models and porn stars use OnlyFans. There doesn’t seem to be any risk involved, and the strategy actually may pay out in terms of both social impression and actual dollars. If you try the service, email me and tell me what happens.
From OnlyFans’ YouTube channel: