1. Yes!


    The other way is ….

    Make it DO SOMETHING.

    Please, that’s all I ask. Just make a social networking tool that does something.

    For the love of god, it isn’t much. Just something small. Like, make it help me find my friends, or have a party …

    But just make a social networking tool with no freaking zombies and no dull-as-LinkedIn feature moonscape.

    I just want it to love me. Just a little.

    To get a little sugar from my social networking tool.

    oh .. oh please.

    I’ll pay. I swear I’ll pay.

  2. aye agreed. But I was listing the “hows” to charge, not “why” people will pay, hon πŸ˜‰

  3. I’ve been pondering the disconnect people have between online and just about any other medium.

    I actually doubt that most people really would pay for online content. They’ll pay for papers, magazines, books, movies, DVDs.

    But I can’t quite decide if people refuse to pay because they don’t want to, or if it’s just simply too much work to pull out the credit card. After all, I don’t have to think about whether I trust my local convenience store when I plunk down $1.80 for my sunday paper (aka. the tv guide wrapped in newsprint). But I do have to think whether I trust a site enough to hand over my credit card.

    I wonder what would happen with a ubiquitous online payment system similar to phone cards, itunes cards, etc. Disposable credit cards with $20/$50/$100 on them – no risk, tip away. What’s the worst that can happen? You lose $20, not your entire credit limit.

    Anyway, that’s my vaguely related ramble πŸ˜‰

  4. The issue is currency: what does currency mean for us? It’s a medium of exchange, a store of value etc. We just aren’t equating paying for what we value (information) with current mediums of exchange.Too hard.

    In plain English, we pay if we value it, and we have the mechanism to do so. World Internet Currency project may help (get paid virtual coins to write blog post, spend on virtual products). We’ll see – I’d blog more if I could keep SilkCharm in pixel shoes πŸ™‚

    BTW we’re about to see a lot of real world money go into this area. Including Facebook’s Peter Thiel and Acebucks.

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