R.I.P TimesSelect?

from the good-riddance dept

The New York Times' plan to lock up its premium content known as TimesSelect was a terrible idea to begin with, and every piece of data that came out about it merely confirmed that the program was unpopular. Sure, the company drew a modest amount of revenue from it, but in exchange it severely limited the exposure of its top columnists, not to mention all of the foregone advertising revenue from the lower traffic. Now comes word that the paper is set to pull the plug on the offering (via Romenesko). At this point, it's still just a rumor, but either way, the company has to arrive at this conclusion eventually. Newspaper publishers cling to the dream that one day all of their content will be safely behind paywalls and that readers will suddenly wake up with an allergy to money and favor this model. But the trend is only moving one direction, as there's even talk about the Wall Street Journal, the one paper that's had a moderate amount of success charging for access, making its content free.


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    dorpus, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 8:33am

    No, keep it

    Who wants to read their whiney, misleading, amateurish columnists? It's better to let them fade into oblivion.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 8:48am

      Re: No, keep it

      if only you could do the same, dorpus...if only you could do the same

       

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        dorpus, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 8:50am

        Re: Re: No, keep it

        Oh, you mean Techdirt doesn't already have a Techdirt Select, on which it makes its living? Haha.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 9:11am

        Re: Re: No, keep it

        As long as blogs exists there will always be dorpus...

         

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          Charles Griswold, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 11:12am

          Re: Re: Re: No, keep it

          As long as blogs exists there will always be dorpus...
          So, he's kind of the Eternal Champion of annoyingly off-topic comments? It hurts to think about it.

           

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            Dosquatch, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 4:01pm

            Re: No, keep it

            erm... methinks "champion" overstates his credentials a bit. He's more of the dashboard bobblehead of annoyingly off-topic comments. For true world class champions, you need only spend some time sifting through the alt.net.kooks archives.

             

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    Haywood, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 9:18am

    I thought it was just me

    I have always held one rule sacred; surf till they ask for money then hit back or home. I used to have the same rule for registration, even free registration, until I discovered bugmenot.

     

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    Amy Alkon, Aug 7th, 2007 @ 9:38pm

    Kaus was right

    Mickey Kaus got it exactly right about Times Select. I pay for it because I blog and write a newspaper column, and sometimes need access, but I've typically been reluctant to link to TS pieces on my blog since I know many (probably most) of my readers can't access them...or the ads on the NYT site they might've seen had I linked to them. No linkee, no lunchee...a pity it took the NYT this long to figure it out.

     

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