Linked by David Adams on Sun 11th Jul 2010 18:54 UTC
Internet & Networking There's an article today at that looks at recent trends around net-based pay-for services and the smattering of paywalls from News Corp to the NYT that are up or threatening to be put up, and speculating that this could be the beginning of a trend. Of course, a YouTube video rental site and a few large publishers putting up paywalls will make zero difference to the "free internet" on their own. But if they're successful, it could spark emulation. But could this be a trend that could snowball enough to change the nature of the net?
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RE[2]: Comment by AaronD
by AaronD on Mon 12th Jul 2010 07:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by AaronD"
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Pay walls won't work because they aren't offering anything worth paying for.

The thing is once internet content becomes nothing but binaries there will be nothing legitimate for Google to scrape and the equation will change. Unless you are satisfied with "citizen journalists." Personally, they disgust me.

This new era of computing is a complete reaction to the previous 4 decades. Tech and content producers for all stripes feel like they left a lot of money on the table. They are determined to correct the mistake.

Offer value, make ads 1st-party only, and then let's see what happens.

I agree. It'll never happen, though.

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