So I came across this site a little while ago, when Taryn Southern joined. Essentially, it is like a monthly kickstarter, where people (patreons a copyright friendly take on patron no doubt) pledge a certain amount each week in support of someone.
The creators are a wide-ranging bunch but mostly fall into the video, music, or comic categories. There are a few familiar faces on the site including the aforementioned Taryn Southern as well as GeekBeat.tv, Chris Perello, and everyone's favorite former LG15 nerd, Maxwell Glick. Some of the 'creators' bring in a pretty decent amount of money, most a few hundred dollars.
With YouTubers complaining about the 'split' and cultivating a rather large fan base, I wouldn't be surprised to see more of them using this or similar sites to boost revenue. Of course at some point this is going to reach a tipping point at which people en masse wake up and realize their favorite celebrity merely sees them as a cash cow, but until then, I imagine there is no shortage of people willing to fork over 10, 20, 100 dollars to their favorite celeb.
Yesterday it was 684. I think one of her $100's dropped down to $10. I imagine in the next month or two she'll lose all of her $100 peeps. The first time you get to video conference with the object of your dreams is priceless; the giant high leading up to the event met with an equally devastating low once the event is over and the realization that 'you' paid $100 for her to wear a baggy shirt and talk about her cat.
Maybe they'll stick around for the second month, but when she bags on the conference because she had to go to New York or take a month long vacation, the remaining diehards will drop like flies.
EDIT: As of Sunday it is down to $494.
Last Edit: Mar 23, 2014 20:29:34 GMT -5 by Mathieas
I peeked in on Taryn Southern's patreon page tonight and noticed she'd made a few changes. I remember thinking at the time, "Who is going to pay $100 a month to video chat with her and seven other dudes trying to get into her pants?" Well, turns out several guys did, unfortunately, for them she changed the awards. Now, for the low low price of $100 a month you get your name written in the description box of her videos buried among the numerous links to her various social media channels, her P.O. Box (NEVER SEND HER ANYTHING!) and an Amazon affiliate link. Now, if you want the chance to listen to her talk about her cat for an hour it will cost a whopping $500 dollars.
My guess the burden of having to show up for an hour a month was too great and or she really didn't want to spend time with 'regular people' so she upped the amount.
Even still she's got $650 dollars in free money rolling in each month. <shrug>