Unlike sites that thrive on user-contributed content or taste-tailored recommendations, Opentopia operates on Web 1.0 principles: The site aggregates streaming webcams in a single place, presented without comment.
Trending cameras pop up on the homepage and recent keywords are listed on the search tab, but other than that, the site is open for unguided exploration. Opentopia’s algorithms automatically aggregate all its cameras from publicly available live video streaming feeds, although the webcam owners may not know their feeds are included.
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.
The reality is that so much of what we do, especially when viewed through the stationary lens of a webcam, is mundane.