Time Magazine May Join Newspapers In Committing Suicide By Charging Online

from the good-luck-with-that dept

So, say you're a general news magazine that's struggling to remain even remotely relevant in an internet era... what do you do? Apparently if you're Time, you think about charging. This isn't all that surprising, really, given that Time Magazine published that poorly thought out article arguing for micropayments for online publications. It just makes you wonder who these people are making these decisions and if they ever bothered to look at all of the attempts in the past to charge for such content online.

Filed Under: business models, charging, magazines, paywalls, time magazine
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    minijedimaster (profile), 1 Jun 2009 @ 1:51pm


    What would happen to google if suddenly ever news source put in a noindex on everything except their enter page? WHere would google get it's news? Oh, wait... all the eyeballs in the world and nothing to show them, now THAT has value, right?

    First off, if you took Google News away I doubt it would have much impact on Google. They have MANY other products and reasons for people to use their products and services, news is only a small part.

    Second, you have it backwards. The question would be, what would happen to all of the news "creators" once all of that unique traffic starts to dry up from google, the most popular search engine in the world, as people stop using it because it would be useless if they pointed to their main page only? Their traffic would drop dramatically enough that it would put quite a few out to pasture. If anything these news "creators" should be paying Google for the service they provide them for free. Thank you, come again.

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