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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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Jun 2009 @ 2:41pm

    Re: Re:

    "he 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?"

    Well no, you are assuming that the people will have another choice. But if the only "news" choices are Perez Hilton and Techdirt, people will have to find the news in other ways. Google is only as valuable to people as the content it indexes - drop stuff off the index, and Google loses value.

    News? If i want to find a story, I often search google news first rather than specific websites. It is practical, but the reality is I am not a buyer for anything on these websites, which are often aimed at a specific marketplace (like local newspapers or local TV news stations). I am a worthless surfer, I don't make them money, I cost them money. Losing me is like losing your appendix. Big deal.

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