Adding Fees To Social Networks
from the good-luck-with-that... dept
Okay, take an idea that’s being done to death all over the internet for free – with new (sometimes deep pocketed) players showing up every day. Then, wait until the market is so saturated that most people are already getting sick of the idea… and then try to charge for it. That appears to be the plan of Tickle (formerly eMode) that is now going to try to start charging for some aspects of their “social network” Friendster-clone. Since they know they’re the first, and they must know they’re going to face backlash, they’re only charging if you want to contact someone who is separated by more than four degrees from you – at which point, I wonder what the point of social networking is? If the idea is to meet friends of friends because they might have similar interests, what’s the value in using such a system to meet a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend? Isn’t that just a stranger? There are lots of ways to meet strangers online that don’t cost money.