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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RE: Micropayments shmayments
by earksiinni on Sat 17th Jul 2010 13:56 UTC in reply to "Micropayments shmayments"
earksiinni
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2009-03-27

It is one thing to talk about micropayments for a site with a full staff of editors, video producers, etc, etc. It is however preposterous to think people will (micro)pay just to see a blog where some guy might or might not just be talking out of his ass, you won't know until you've paid up.


There's the beauty of it. The value of money being social, micropayments might force Joe Sixpack to realize that no one is reading his stupid blog or watching his inane YouTube response to Ke$ha. If he and millions of other guys "just talking out of their asses" stay out of the micropayments system, then perhaps the creation of a two-tiered Internet will force users to see what garbage they've been feasting on all these years, and hopefully it inspire us to think a little before we impulsively click on just one more link.

As for Joe, faced with this realization, he either might either go offline to do something more worthwhile and fulfilling or, better yet, he he'll up his game and make people want to pay.

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