But I was nervous, I felt like there were people watching. It was weird.” After a few weeks of broadcasting he began to find his rhythm.If a customer was in on the joke, Abuhamdeh would banter with them a bit.So he sent a letter to You Now, which put him on its partner program, allowing him to earn money when his fans left digital tips and gifts. Cashier broadcast has several hundred people following live at any time.“At first, it got to be enough so I could cover my phone bill.He shared stories from his home life, and slowly began to invite fans into it, broadcasting from his apartment, from a cousin’s wedding, while driving in his car or getting a haircut.His broadcasting schedule swelled from one or two hours a day to appearing live in four two-hour sessions. “I was using up around 70GB of data each month, and I’m with Verizon so you know that’s not cheap.” He was addicted to the interaction with the audience, but couldn’t afford to keep up with his costs.Meerkat emerged as a media and tech darling, easily winning the war for attention at this year’s SXSW.It initially piggybacked off of Twitter, but was quickly cut off, likely because Twitter has its own plans for a live streaming service built around a company it just acquired, Periscope.
In June of last year, on a whim and mostly out of boredom, Abuhamdeh mounted his phone next to the register and began to broadcast his day on You Now, a live streaming service. People would walk up and pay, he would ring them up, and then as they left, nail them with a zinger spoken to the camera.
But for all the rust that was evident in Newton, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said one of the more pleasing things coming out of the 23-3 victory at San Francisco was the health of Newton’s throwing shoulder. “He came through it very good.” Newton played just one series and attempted two passes in the preseason after the medical staff shut him down when he had a setback in his recovery during the first week of training camp.
“I thought (Newton) was a little bit rusty,” Rivera said. He just – his timing isn’t there where it needs to be, obviously.” Newton’s most glaring mistake was a throw he airmailed over the head of tight end Ed Dickson, who was alone in the end zone.
Now I make more every month on You Now than I do from my work at the store,” Abuhamdeh tells me. We become friends.” A couple of times he’s broadcast from his bedroom while sleeping. They want to see everything that you do.” You Now launched back in September of 2012, but for its first year and a half struggled to find traction.
Along with broadcasting, Abuhamdeh texts and talks on the phone with his followers. Then in May of last year it suddenly clicked, exploding from less than 10 million monthly visitors to more than 100 million in the span of just four months.