The Not-So-Free Web

3 thoughts on “The Not-So-Free Web”

  1. But you had to see it coming. There’s no such thing as a free… well, anything.

    The text-for-answers service, ChaCha was fantastic, not always the best Q/A, but a really cool service until they started attaching ads, capping the number of free answers, etc. This kind of evolution is inevitable but at least it’s consistent. And as long as Google and Pandora put out a high quality product, they will keep their customers and continue to grow.

    1. Yeah, but seeing it coming doesn’t make it any easier to swallow.

      I’m willing to pay for high quality services, and I think these companies have a right to make a return off of their investments. For example, I buy the Pro version of Flickr – it’s a good deal, and I’ve got an off-site back-up of all my favorite photos.

      That being said, I’m not sure which is more annoying, though. Intrusive ads for a free product, or being charged for something previously free.

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