I know this post is old but all the same I must reply
I installed splitcam, an ADVERTISING supported program
, because of a specific intermittent issue experienced with another splitter and a specific webcam model.
Splitcam, not freeware
, works correctly with regard to this specific issue.
My first impressions of splitcam vs. another splitter are that splitcam works better with regard to this one issue, but otherwise has about the same functional feature set. My next impression is that splitcam UI is a bit kludgy, amateurish if you will, and has some problems. At this point I can deal with a not quite perfect UI. Its not as smooth and classy as I'd like but thats ok.Something happenned...
I see ads such asDear Model,
If your other window is NOT MyFreeCams ...then you are losing money and wasting your time.
Click here to find out why MyFreeCams is the BEST webcam site for models and studios!
How can a site called... MyFreeCams ...pay the MOST money to models and studios???
Click here to learn why MyFreeCams is the best and largest adult webcam community!
THANK YOU to all the models at MyFreeCams for making it the #1 live webcam site!
This left me wondering who exactly is splitcam, what is their relationship to myfreecams? Why are they shilling for myfreecams? Is this software's target audience webcam porn 'models'? How am I supposed to let my kids use this software? What if they update it so that obfuscated method for blocking this ad no longer works? (what if they url changes or the ad delivery mechanism)
I blocked the ad using IE ratings system. Now I have a white box where the ad would be. This takes an already rough and imperfect UI and frankly makes it look aweful.Whats free?
Certainly not splitcam. Splitcam requires payment in the form of:
1) desktop real estate
2) additional system resources to display ads
3) network resources to fetch adsSplitcam is advertising supported, not free.
I really what to know if your intended audience for splitcam is so top heavy with porn producers that its worth alienating everyone else: all the families, all the grandmas, all the educators, video bloggers, in order to reach your target advertising audience?
It seems to me just a couple minutes of thinking would give you a few simple options that would be way better. If you cant be spared to exercise your gray matter allow me to expand:
get ready, this one is a shocker -Charge money for the software
! OMG I know its crazy but honestly I'd rather pay $1 to $10 for a version that doesnt have a ridiculously sized and shaped area for, get this, TEXT advertisements! I'd rather not waste the screen real estate or run extra web parsing and rendering engines for what, like 255 characters? jeez WTF. get classy sponsors
! Here is a notion, dont taint and stigmatize your brand as being primarily a tool for webcam porn. You lose immeasurable trust by using porn advertising, arguably the least trustworthy of any type of advertising. Surely its possible - other people dont have to cozy up to porn to sponsor their software, you shouldnt either!bundle 3rd party software
. You can always offer ask toolbar, mcafee, whatever. I recommend something with deep brand penetration and some history of not being complete scammers. ask, mcafee, yahoo...survey users at install time for intended use
and display relevant advertising. 'do you intend to use splitcam with adult sites? school? to communicate with family?' Show ads for porn, educational sites, or flower shops depending on their use case.
your assertions that these ads are crafted to be 'stealthy' and only reach intended audience is just really ignorant of the issue. I dont want a huge link on the software I use that when clicked by my kid will take them to a page FULL of naked people performing whatever type of sex acts. I dont care what the text says. It could say 'whatever you do dont click here' and it wouldnt matter because if someone clicked there its porn, regardless of what type of euphemism you try to disguise it with. What if my kids want to be models? Your euphemisms actually might have the unintended consequences of getting people that are otherwise interested in the legit above board G - PG13 modelling world and business to click on these disguised ads for a webcam porn site. It sure doesnt say 'you must be of legal age to click this' and it surely should because it goes DIRECTLY to a page showing sexually suggestive imagery, no age verification, and if you click the screenshot, (how the screenshot is designed to be interacted with - clicking because it has an html anchor, again the expected behavior is that someone will 1. click ad in splitcam, 2. click screenshot, 3. see porn) and it shows porn. In fact I will be researching to determine if in fact it should have a warning according to legislation to protect children since it does knowingly act as a portal to explicit material. I will then report you to the FBI and related agencies for investigation under the laws regarding protecting children online. Just so you know...
Anyway the point is its incredibly sleazy and definitively un-classy. I should temper that opinion by informing you that I am in fact a parttime adult webcam 'model' that performs explicit sex acts for pay on adult webcam sites and privately. I dont even masquerade under the notion that its art. It is what it is.
Your software, as installed, with presented configuration options, is not suitable for:
+ conservative religious users
+ progressive liberal types that still have class (like me)
Your argument that porn is everywhere on the internet is of no consequence. It does not release splitcam developers from exercising their own professional judgement and discretion in including it in their software. Its tantamount to 'everyone else is doing it'. Do I really need to ask you if you would jump off a bridge if all your friends were doing it? Are you in fact as juvenile as your inclusion of porn ads in your software would suggest?
You'd make more money and piss off less people if you follow my advise. I dont expect you will. Lots of small business guys have small minds as well - content with just good enough, no ambition for greatness.
I resolved my issue with another splitter. I would have liked to give splitcam a chance but I dont trust it now on many levels.
I dont trust that my ability to circumvent inappropriate ads in the future wont be compromised by software updates.
I dont trust that splitcam team will exercise good judgement in selecting advertising partners
I dont trust splitcam because i dont trust myfreecam. By trusting splitcam I would be implicitly be trusting myfreecam because of splitcams explicit trust for myfreecam.
lay down with dogs and you get fleas...
btw quit calling it free just because its not. It advertiser supported. I have to trade eyeball time, desktop real estate, computing, and network resources in exchange for using the application. Thats not free.
I would have written this more in the tone of 'hey we are a community let me partner with you to give you input to improve your product' but your response was defensive, equivocal, and frankly juvenile in intellectual merit.