Linked by Mufasa on Tue 13th Jul 2010 15:57 UTC
Editorial I read David's post worrying about the end of the free internet and I had to respond, as I strongly disagree that free and advertising-supported content is the future. If anything, it is advertising-supported content that is destined to be a niche strategy, because of new internet technology that enables entirely new models and empowers consumers to have exactly what they want. Advertising will not support much content creation, so I suggest what will.
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Flattr
by nicolai on Thu 15th Jul 2010 17:30 UTC
nicolai
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2006-04-16

I'm amazed that Flattr hasn't come up in this discussion yet. Have a look at http://flattr.com/ (I'm not related to them, I just like their idea)

The idea is that you do micro-payments (out of a fixed monthly amount that you allocate for such payments), but paying after the fact for content that you liked instead of hitting a paywall and being forced to pay without seeing what you pay for.

Of course it remains to be seen whether that idea will ultimately take off, but it is the most promising approach to micro-payments I have seen yet, because it encourages a culture of appreciating creativity in a positive way.

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