Pay Per IM
from the wanna-see-AOL-get-angry? dept
Rumor has it that Cerulean Studios is getting ready to launch Trillian Pro, which will be an upgraded pay-for version of their IM software. It will be targeted at corporate clients, but I could see this causing problems. If you haven't heard about Trillian, it's a meta-IM platform that lets you access various instant messaging services through one single interface. It's great. The problem (for the companies that make IM products) is that it takes away the needs for people to download and use each companies IM products (and be bombarded by their ads). AOL spent a lot of time and effort trying to block Trillian, but has recently stopped those efforts. However, if Trillian starts making money on its users, I would expect AOL to start blocking them again - thereby lowering the value to anyone actually paying to use Trillian. It's a bit of a catch-22. If they charge, it's likely the software will become much less valuable.