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: Oh my god
by xaeropower on Mon 12th Jul 2010 19:06 UTC in reply to "Oh my god"
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It worth paying for good content but not for pure crap.

What expert exchange and the copy cat sites are doing is just digusting. They basically steal content from google groups and forums and offer it for subscribers plus push their google rating up with -possibly- blackhat seo techniques.

But offering free services which makes revenue from something else is also hurt others business. Just think of the free email what google/hotmail/yahoo dominates.
You would fail many times over if you would try to start your own webmail service by asking 5-10$ from your customers and there is still a good chance that no one would bother using your site if it would be free.

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