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I don't think asking for a $1 tip in a push notification is "crafty". I think it is annoying. I think this whole thing is really simple. Either charge for content or don't. Or offer some content for free and subscription for premium content. Unless you have compelling original content though, publishers are going to have a hard time charging for it. I think the ad model will prevail for free content and some sort of subscription model will prevail for premium content.
2 years ago on Ideas for How to Monetize the Future of Magazines
@Todd Dunning Hey-mish is going to be having a really bad day in November when that unwise man hands Obama his hat and sends him back to that rock he crawled out from under that Tony Rezko bought him. The end is near and they are reduced to putting attack references into articles that have nothing to do with politics. That's how desperate they are.
@jasonkolb I agree this sounds like it was written by the Facebook PR department. I disagree that Zuck is the "problem". Despite its many flaws, specifically in the privacy area, Many millions of people enjoy using and communicating on Facebook. The real "problem" for Facebook is that the business model does not support it being as large a company as it was sold to investors. Every other social network has the same problem. Facebook has probably done the best dealing with finding a business model to leverage the large user base, but in the end they will fail or become a feature in another company like MS, Apple or Google or go the way of MySpace. I don't think you have to worry about a Jobs type second act from Zuck, because if he goes, that company is probably gone with him.
2 years ago on Facebook Doesn’t Need a New CEO, Reuters Needs a New Technology Writer