Not again ... another plea to wall off online info
Yet another poorly researched idea for saving newspapers has surfaced -- again in the SF Chronicle, which seems to require one of these harebrained ideas every so often.
The latest is from ex-Timesman Joel
But if media companies do create a walled garden, what would sites like Digg do? Apparently not much better than Digg is doing now, according to Business Week, which got a look at its financials.
Bottom line: There will be another Web 2.0 shakeout by 2010. Several favorite, well-known sites will go under. Some things we now have free online will start charging (just not newspapers ... among the things I would pay $20-$40 a year for are Furl, an online storage site like A-drive and maybe one news aggregation site that had really good resources and really good filters. But note my price point. I suspect it is not much different than many people's. In other words, I have about $500 a year to split among my online resources.