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May 8th, 2009

The Internet, Now with Less Free

It looks like all News Corp sites will be charging for content soon. To which I say: good luck.

Let’s put it this way. It feels like very, very, very few companies (if any?) have figured out how to do content on the web well, charge for it, and sustain that income. To me just flipping the switch on paid content from free content ain’t gonna do it as long as one can indeed get free content elsewhere. It feels like big companies want to turn everything into walled gardens and charge money for it, and gee, that worked well for AOL, CompuServe, The Source, and ISPs of the late 80s, didn’t it?

Rupert Murdoch sez:

“We have been at the forefront of that debate and you can confidently presume that we are leading the way in finding a model that maximizes revenues in return for our shareholders… The current days of the Internet will soon be over.”

So pessimistic, and yet so opportunistic. Sad, really. I guess we’ll all be fine so long as some sites are still out there.

Posted in Technology

Ryan May 8, 2009, 2:39 pm

They should try charging for access to stories on Fox News. People love to pay for fiction.

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